The Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Matt Carroll, programs logistic manager and education specialist, has been chosen as one of Alabama’s 4-H Volunteers of the Year for 2021 for his commitment to 4-H youth in the local community, region and state – “Making the Best Better,” as the committee stated.
Carroll was selected as the winner of the East Central Alabama region of Calhoun County, where CMP South Headquarters are located. For his accomplishment, he will be invited to a 4-H Volunteer of the Year Banquet at the Alabama 4-H Center for recipients, their families and local 4-H agents in November.
“It’s nice to be recognized, but I really just have fun teaching the kids safety and marksmanship,” Carroll said modestly of his achievement.
Carroll has been a certified volunteer and club leader for the last 12 years. He’s also an Alabama 4-H S.A.F.E. Rifle Instructor (a youth development education program that emphasizes peer mentoring and positive interactions between youth and adults). Carroll works mainly in Calhoun County with the Hawkeyes 4-H rifle team. He’s a state level 2 trainer in rifle and holds around three classes a year to certify new volunteers in the discipline. He’s also involved with the State 4-H Rifle and Pistol Championships and with organizing Alabama’s Buckmasters 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational.
For the last 14 years, Carroll has been an employee at CMP South, working with programs within the South Competition Center and the Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama. He has been instrumental in coordinating many events for youth and adults like the monthly .22 rimfire sporter rifle match at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park and air gun events at the CMP South Competition Center. Now, as programs logistic manager and education specialist, he helps lead education and training by traveling to regional and national events – providing up-to-date knowledge of current marksmanship rules, regulations and standards.
— By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Staff Writer
The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org.