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Aim Higher 18 PULLUSA MAGAZINE FALL 2017 by JAKE WEYER T RAP SHOOTING IS A LIFETIME SPORT, which means the end of high school is really just the start of a new chapter in the lives of USA High School Clay Target League participants. Colleges nationwide have recognized the growth of the League and are expecting an influx of student shooters interested in competing at the next level. "It's a big thing in our region and we want to be able to offer the sport to students when they come to college," says Matt Schneider, coach of the Southwest Tech trap shooting team in Fennimore, Wis., which has already more than doubled membership since its 2016 start. Whether shooting as part of a club or as a varsity ath- lete, at a two-year college or a four-year school, oppor- tunities abound for students who want to advance in the sport while furthering their education. Being a part of a college shooting team offers the chance to broaden shoot- ing skills to skeet, sporting clays and other disciplines, to travel for competitions, and to get involved on campus, which Eastern Oregon University shooting coach John Shorts says is crucial. "Students attending universities today need to become engaged with their campus in order to be suc- cessful academically," he says. "Having a trap shooting team provides a diverse group of students an opportuni- ty to represent their university and compete equally in a coed sport." But students need to be careful to choose a college based on their career goals first, not the shooting team, says Tom Binyon, who helped start the Kansas State High School Clay Target League. "First you have to find a school that offers you the best opportunity in the degree programs to fulfill your dreams and desires," he says. "If they have a shooting program, even better. But don't go to a school for their shooting program, then try to match up a degree program." College shooting teams offer an opportunity to grow and diversify your skills

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