First of all, I have never witnessed a more giving community than Trigg County. There is not a county of our size that matches our efforts come Rotary and Relay time. Therefore, I just know in my heart that this column is going to touch someone with the capability to make the request within these words a possibility. Now, let me get right to it.
We need some land. Well technically, they need some land. I am talking about the newest club in Trigg County, the 4-H shooting sports club. In the state of Kentucky, there are 120 counties. Seventy seven of them have a 4-H shooting sports club. The mission of the shooting sports club is to teach youth ages 9-19 how to use firearms safely. The club also allows for the opportunity to shoot competitively against youth from other counties.
The shooing club offers instruction in shotguns, rifles and handguns. The rifles and handguns are all small caliber. One thing is of the utmost importance to note – safety is stressed to the max. Each shooter much have an adult at their side. The ratio is one to one. Each shooter may only have one bullet or shell in their firearm when they shoot. After shooting, each youth must indicate that the bore of their gun is clean by running a string through the barrel to the action of the gun. As I said, SAFETY SAFETY SAFETY. Oh by the way, did I mention that each instructor much go through a training in order to be certified to work with the youth in the club? Currently, Jesse Frye is the rifle coach, Keith Lancaster the trap gun coach and Jamey Thomas the hand gun coach.
Our Trigg County shooting sports club has already traveled to McCracken, Marshall, Todd and Union counties for competitions. BUT they have not had a home competition yet. Do you know why? Yeah, you guessed it. They don’t have a facility here in Trigg County. Now, let me save you some time here. The trap range at the lodge and the one in LBL will not work. There are various reasons, including the type of shot used, control of the facility and others too numerous to mention here. What the 4-H Club needs is 2-5 acres of land here in Trigg County that is accessible but not near houses or neighbors, so to speak.
Now I know I am a dreamer, but something in my heart tells me that there is someone out there reading these words that can make this happen. Whoever that person is could possibly even name the facility in memory or honor of someone they choose. Organizations have already volunteered to provide equipment and manpower for site preparation. Moving the dirt, building the berms and constructing a small parking lot isn’t the problem. This fine group just needs a small piece of land.
In closing, I have seen what this sport can do for youth. I have witnessed it build self-confidence and self-esteem in some of these youth already. Hey, a few years ago starting an archery program was just a dream and a vision in this county. Look what has happened with that program.
I encourage you, whoever you are, to be a person of action, create a legacy, make it happen. Give me a call or SHOOT me an email. Did you catch that one? Apply from within your heart.
Enthusiasm Makes the Difference
Mike Wright is the former head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.