Newtown, Conn. – The Citadel rifle team collected a $6,000 grant from the National Shooting Sports Foundation on Tuesday to offset the costs associated with travel and ammunition as well as help increase the awareness and participation in shooting sports on a collegiate level.
The purpose of the NSSF is to increase shooting sports opportunities through grant assistance to colleges and universities to establish shooting clubs and teams or to support existing programs. The grant program's focus is on recruitment and retention of the sport.
"This grant will help ease our travel and ammunition budgets and will give more cadets the opportunity to shoot on a collegiate level," said head coach William C. Smith.
The Citadel, who most recently entered the NCAA rankings at No. 20, have already competed against some of the nation's top teams this season, hosting six of the NCAA's Top 20 programs in No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Texas Christian, No. 5 Jacksonville State, No. 11 Nevada, No. 13 NC State and No. 19 Columbus State.
The Bulldog marksmen, who finished in second place in each of the first two Southeastern Air Rifle Conference matches this season, will host the league's third competition of the season this weekend at the Inouye Marksmanship Center.
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