Thank you to the Texas Hill Country Chapter of Safari Club International for your sponsorship of Zoofari at Kerrfest. We had an awesome turnout!! Around 350 kids spent the day learning about and interacting with a variety of exotic species. Below are photos of the event.
Additionally, there were some patrons who asked about leaving donations for HC SCI. We collected $49 that I would like to send to you.
Thank you again!
Kristan D. Weaver
Vice-President of Operations
Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce
An article written by former member Caitlin Weinheimer
Over the course of the past several years the Schreiner Shooting Sports Society has built a strong shooting program that has grown to be one of the most successful organizations in Schreiner’s history. The beauty of the Schreiner Team however, is that it is a student run club sport, meaning any student at Schreiner is able to try out or participate on the team. This gives students on Schreiner Campus the ability to learn about firearm safety and the fundamentals of shooting that they will be able to carry with them for the rest of their lives.
Take Anthony Gaddy for example; two years ago he had never been competitive in the sworld before, however at this shooting year’s ACUI Collegiate National Shooting Championships he ran 100 hundred targets straight. This tied him for first place with the top collegiate shooters in the country and after a shoot-off put him in 7th place out of 387 shooters. Other top performances at the Collegiate Championships include Miranda Wilder who was the Bunker Trap Champion and placed 2nd in Women’s International Trap. Logan Brinkley placed 9th in Women’s International Skeet and 10th in Women’s International Trap, and last but not least Neal Hodges placed 10th in the Men’s 5-Stand event. Combine this with the overall Schreiner Team performance of 2nd Place in American Trap, 3rd Place International Trap, 5th Place International Skeet and 7th Place American Skeet and it is easy to see that the team had a stellar performance at this year’s Collegiate National Championships.
Let’s remember however, that in the grand scheme of life it is not the trophies that matter and as the saying goes “You can’t take it with you when you go.” One thing these students can take with them though is the life lessons they learned on the range. The safety they learned in that first round of trap or skeet they shot, the hours of hard work, empty hulls and broken clays it took to shoot that first 25 targets straight and last but not least the camaraderie gained from being on the range with people who love the sport just as much as you do. These are the things that matter in life, which can be carried with these students as they graduate and become teachers, accountants, engineers and pharmacists. These are the things that get passed on to our community, co-workers, family and friends. These are the things that continue the great legacy of the shooting and hunting community.
Schreiner University wrote THCC a thank you letter for all their support. To view it click here.
The Dallas Ecological Foundation (DEF) is extremely grateful to the Texas Hill Country Chapter SCI
and their 2013 $4000.00, as well as their 2014 $5000.00 grant to support the Outdoor Adventures Education (OAE) program. The DEF is a 501C3 organization under IRS regulations and works with the Dallas Safari Club. THCC SCI and the DEF’s relationship will provide matching equipment grants to schools offering the OAE program. This year's THCC SCI grant specifically assisted the OAE program at .
Last year's THCC SCI grant specifically assisted the North East Independent School District’s matching equipment request. NEISD is located in the San Antonio area and all seven of their high schools will offer the OAE program with 1500 students enrolled in the program starting this fall. Middle school and high school youth’s lives have been changed by introducing them to the great outdoors and wildlife conservation through OAE. The NEISD’s matching equipment grant request for the seven high schools was very large. With NEISD matching THCC SCI’s grant two complete OAE equipment sets will be purchased. A set includes archery, fishing and outdoor cooking equipment. The DEF was also assisted by the Houston Safari Club. Only through the combined efforts of the all three organizations was the NEISD request fulfilled.
What is the OAE?
The OAE program is a unique secondary school physical education course. Instead of teaching PE with basketballs and tennis rackets, we use rods and reels, and bows and arrows. DEF has a partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Each student is taught TPWD’s Hunter Education, Angler Education, NASP Archery, survival skills, CPR/First Aid, Camping, Outdoor Cooking, Hiking and many other outdoor units. The Outdoor Adventures curriculum is being taught in over 160 secondary schools with numerous positive attributes associated with the class. School principals’ report improved self esteem, improved attendance, less discipline issues and improved grades for students while enrolled in the course. More than 50% of the students in OAE are not involved in the outdoors. Responsive Management is completing a new survey on OAE and the results have not been published at this time but some preliminary findings include:
OAE is increasing hunter and angler interest and participation. With the special partnership between the DEF and THCC SCI, there will be more future hunters and anglers to ensure our legacy.
Thank you so much for the generous grant!