2007 Recipient, Champions of Youth Marksmanship Award

Dr. William Christy, known for his lifelong dedication to creating programs that help introduce shooting to young people all over the country, has won the third annual Crosman Champions of Youth Marksmanship Shooting Award. The Award, presented at the annual Crosman Corporation Reception at the 2007 SHOT Show in Orlando, Florida, on Friday, January 12th, 2007, recognizes an individual whose commitment to excellence in youth shooter education and dedication to a lifetime of safe shooting has enhanced the future of the sport.

According to Ken D’Arcy, Crosman Corporation president and CEO, Dr. William Christy has touched the lives of more young shooters

Dr. William Christy (2007)

Dr. William Christy (2007)

than almost any person involved in shooter education today. “The key to growth in any sport is recruiting and motivating new blood. In shooting, young people represent the future. They must be a high priority for everyone involved in building both the industry and the sport. “Dr. William Christy has been involved in preparing young people for a lifetime of safe, enjoyable shooting for many years. He has created programs, helped to train instructors and coaches, enhanced the competitive environment for young shooters and has been a lifelong champion of getting young people involved in shooting, regardless of their background or ability, as a true lifetime sport. I can think of few people involved in our sport today who have made as significant an impact on its future. He is a most deserving recipient of the third annual Crosman Champions of Youth Marksmanship Shooting Award.”

In 1988, he opened a full-time shooting sports consulting practice, serving a number of prominent organizations and corporations with a wide range of services. L.L. Bean, Federal Cartridge Company, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National 4-H Shooting Sports Foundation, National Shooting Sports Foundation and Boy Scouts of America are among his prestigious clients. He has authored a monthly column in Hunter Education Journal and one in Trap & Field magazine, and is a life member of NRA, serving in numerous coaching and instructor capacities. He served on the National Outdoor Committee of the Venturing Program of Boy Scouts of America, works as a consultant for the National Shooting Sports Foundation and helped introduce young shooters to the American disciplines of trap, skeet and sporting clays at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Most recently, Christy authored the National Shooting Sports strategic plan focused on youth shooting sports. The plan is designed to develop entry points and pathways for young shooters to become active in shooting and stick with it as a lifetime sport. But perhaps Christy’s greatest legacy, according to Crosman President D’Arcy, is his dedication to instilling a respect for safe shooting and building youngsters’ self-esteem through achievement, regardless of their skill level, life background or physical challenges. “If effectively delivering those messages to young people is the key to building our sport, then Dr. William Christy is one of the most skilled and dedicated messengers we’ve got.The industry is fortunate to have him.”