November 1, 2013

2013 Industry Grants Announced by The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW)

Grapevine, Texas (October 30, 2013) – The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW)  announced grants to two nonprofit organizations to support industry efforts in advancing youth sports and congressional  support for the industry at the Association’s 2013 Awards dinner held at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Grapevine, Texas  The awards were part of the organization’s 40th Annual Meeting and Expo.

Kent Williams, NASGW Chairman, and Peter Brownell, NASGW Vice-Chair, presented a $25,000 donation to the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA). Accepting on behalf of YSSA was Steve Miller, Executive Director. YSSA focuses its efforts in recruiting and retaining new shooters. The contribution will be used to address a specific project of the Alliance.

A second grant of $25,000 was awarded to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF). Accepting on behalf of CSF was the organization’s Development Director, David Kulivan.

CSF protects and advances hunting, recreational angling and shooting and trapping. CSF is the leader in providing access and a voice for sportsmen with elected officials and sportsmen-allied industry groups across the nation.
Also, Russ Thurman, Publisher and Editor of Shooting Industry Magazine provided a check to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) that was raised during the 2013 Shooting Industry Masters and is specifically designated to support NSSF’s First Shots program. Accepting the check was Steve Sanetti, President and CEO of NSSF.

For more information about NASGW and its Annual Meeting and Expo, contact Maurice Desmarais, President, at 630-596-9006. 1833 Centre Point Circle, Suite 123, Naperville, IL, 60563 or visit the association’s website at,

Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?

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