The San Leandro Junior Optimist Club would not exist without the continuing support of its members and the local community. In addition, the club wishes to sincerely thank the following organizations for providing needed assistance:
The NRA Foundation
California – Friends of NRA
For 2018, The San Leandro Junior Optimist Rifle Club received a generous grant from The NRA Foundation with assistance from California – Friends of NRA. This grant included equipment and supplies that directly contribute to our continued education and instruction of local youth about firearms safety and rifle marksmanship. The grant we received in 2018 included some much-needed sight upgrades for our target rifles, rifle cleaning supplies, safety equipment, match-grade ammunition, and spotting scopes. We also received funding to purchase an advanced target scoring system that will enable us to more readily process the completed targets of our Junior Club members as well as participate in virtual rifle matches with other clubs around the country/world via the included software platform. There are precious few junior programs like ours in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the support of this NRA Foundation grant helps ensure that we maintain a quality and affordable program for local youth that offers competitive opportunities for smallbore rifle sports.
NRA Grant (2014)
Once again, we offer a big “thank you!” to the NRA Foundation and California Friends of NRA for a grant that enables our Junior shooters to compete on a national level. This grant allowed the Junior Club to purchase match-grade Anschutz rifles so as to raise the level of their skill to be considered for possible collegiate scholarships in the shooting sports. This grant also enabled us to purchase new safety equipment, spotting scopes, scope stands, off-hand stands, ISU Jackets, and ISU Slings that make it possible for the youth to hone the marksmanship skills that are needed in Olympic-style shooting.
California Rifle and Pistol Association Grant (2012)
An unexpected grant from the California Rifle and Pistol Association provided us with 5 rifles, 5 slings, new ear and eye protection, and new mats and other shooting gear that we immediately put to use replacing older items that were exhibiting excessive wear. The San Leandro Junior Optimist Rifle Club members truly appreciate this gift as it will go far in helping to train our young shooters in marksmanship, safety, and teamwork.
NRA Grant (2001)
Special thanks to the NRA Foundation and California Friends of NRA for their generous grant in 2001. Their money allowed our junior shooting club to purchase new rifles, sights, shooting jackets, gloves, mats, eye and ear protection, kneeling rolls, spotting scopes, scope stands, instructional videos, and a storage container. We now have quality equipment for the shooters to use!