COOSA, Ala. – The Coosa County Hot Shots 4-H Club Senior Archery team is heading to the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championship in Grand Island, Nebraska after winning the state title on April 22.

Travel for the trip is expensive, and the team and its coaches are asking for donations from residents and local business owners to help fund their travel. The journey to Nebraska and back will last 10 days and costs are estimated more than $10,000.

All donations, large or small, will greatly benefit the team from Coosa County.

Team members include David Adams, Harley Adams, and Zach Buttram with coaches Beverley and Keith Hay, and Tom and Pinky Reichert. Over the past several years team members and coaches have spent several hours each week working on mastering their craft.

Many of the team members, according to Coosa County Extension Office coordinator Sharon Haynes, have never been outside of the state of Alabama, and this is a once in a lifetime change for them to be able to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to their sport on a national stage.

“This is a prime opportunity for them to interact with other youth and adults across the country who participate in shooting sports, and everyone wants them to be able to go on this trip,” she said.

Haynes also explained the benefits of shooting sports and the life lessons archery teaches. The archery team is under the 4-H umbrella named S.A.F.E. (Shooting Awareness Fun, and Education). This educational program emphasizes traits such as discipline, positive interaction, teamwork and character, and teaches responsible firearm ownership and other lessons.

If you would like to donate to the Hot Shots, you can send your donations to the Coosa County Cooperative Extension Office, P.O. Box 247, Rockford, AL 35136. Make checks payable to the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation and indicate “Coosa County” on the memo line.

Jeremy Law for SylacaugaNews.com | © 2017, SylacaugaNews.com/Marble City Media LLC. All Rights Reserved.