The Student Air Rifle Program (SAR) is excited to expand to Texas with a sustainable partnership.
“SAR provides a well aligned comprehensive curriculum for schools. Like the National Archery in the Schools Program, SAR makes shooting sports education simple and effective with a successful train the trainer model. Texas Parks and Wildlife is proud to partner with SAR and looks forward to training teachers through the program”, noted Steve Hall, Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Coordinator.
“Schools are always looking for innovative ways to positively engage their students. SAR facilitates a hands-on and basic introduction to shooting sports with well thought-out lessons and instructor training. The Texas State Rifle Association Foundation is a natural partner with SAR.” Commented Angela Gerlich, TSRAF Executive Director. “As more schools start SAR in Texas, TSRAF will develop a tournament framework fostering responsibility, teamwork, self-esteem and confidence”, added Gerlich.
A total of 16 individuals were trained as SAR Basic Air Riflery Instructors (BARI) during the training workshop in Houston occurring November 26 – 28, 2018. Ten of the 16 were also trained as Basic Air Riflery Instructor Trainers (BARIT) allowing for more teachers to be trained as BARI in the future.
“We are excited to bring SAR to Texas. For more information on TX SAR, contact Steve Hall with TPWD or Angela Gerlich with TSRAF,” mentioned Jake Hindman, President and CEO of SAR.
About Texas Parks and Wildlife:
The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) is a Texas state agency that oversees and protects wildlife and their habitats. In addition, the agency is responsible for managing the state’s parks and historical areas. Its mission is to manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The agency maintains its headquarters at 4200 Smith School Road in Austin.
About Texas State Rifle Association Foundation:
The Texas State Rifle Association Foundation, Inc. (TSRAF) is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization that raises contributions in support of a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities of the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA) and other organizations that defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans. These activities are designed to promote firearms and hunting safety, to enhance marksmanship skills of those participating in the shooting sports, and to educate the general public about firearms in their historic, technological and artistic context.
About the Student Air Rifle Program (SAR):
SAR, developed by the Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance (MYSSA™), is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. SAR uses school aligned units of study, teacher training, universal whistle commands, positive language, and standardized equipment to facilitate an introduction to the lifetime sport of target shooting to school-aged youth in grades 4 through 12. Follow SAR on Facebook and Instagram by searching “Student Air Rifle Program-SAR”.
For more information about Texas Parks and Wildlife, visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/.
For more information about Texas State Rifle Association Foundation, visit https://www.tsrafoundation.com/.
For more information about the Student Air Rifle Program (SAR), visit www.studentairrifleprogram.org.