Richard Clark of Jackson earned third place in the 2018 American Legion 3-Position Junior Air Rifle Championship, Precision held July 24-29 at the USA Shooting range facility located at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Clark is a seasoned competitor who has participated in nearly 40 state, 10 regional, and now 4 national podiums. This was his first time vying for The American Legion prize.
Clark fired his first shots at the tender age of three, and began Olympic-style shooting at eight. Competitions began in the eighth-grade. His home range is the Jackson County Sportsman Club, the co-sponsors of his trek to the recent competition along with American Legion Post 550 in Onsted. He begins his study of kinesiology this fall at the University of Kentucky with the hopes of becoming a physical therapist or physician assistant. Clark will attend on both academic and athletic scholarships from the university, and is on the school’s Rifle Team.
The American Legion Junior Shooting is a gun safety education and marksmanship program that encompasses the basic elements of safety, education, enjoyment and competition. Shooters use the .177 caliber air rifle. Competitive shooting is a sport that creates an equal playing field for all. Males and females can participate, and disabled youth are encouraged to join.
The American Legion
The American Legion, chartered by Congress in 1919, is the largest wartime veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members in 12,875 posts in communities across America. The American Legion, Department of Michigan awards nearly $10,000 in scholarships annually to Michigan youth through programs such as Scouting, Boys State, Girls State, Oratorical Contest, Legion Baseball, and various other scholarship opportunities. These students are also eligible for scholarships up to $20,000 each at the national level with The American Legion.