2006 Recipient, Champions of Youth Marksmanship Award

Jim Smith, known for his lifelong dedication to creating programs for numerous groups that help introduce target shooting to young people all over the country, won the second annual Crosman Champions of Youth Marksmanship Shooting Award presented at the 2006 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Friday, February 10th, 2006.

In making the Award, Crosman president and CEO, Ken D’Arcy said, “Jim Smith has touched the lives of more young shooters than almost any person involved in shooter education today. In shooting, young people represent the future. They must be a key element in the future for everyone involved in building both the industry and the sport.

Jim Smith (2006)

Jim Smith (2006)

“Jim Smith has been involved in preparing young people for a lifetime of safe, enjoyable shooting for more than four decades. 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 as a lifetime sport. I can think of no person involved in our sport today who has made as significant an impact on its future. He is a most deserving recipient of the second Crosman Champions of Youth Marksmanship Shooting Award.”

For many years Jim Smith has been a consultant to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) in its youth development division. During that time, he played a key role in developing and promoting youth shooting opportunities for youngsters of all ages.

This year’s Award winner has been a lifetime member of the shooting industry, having worked for well known companies such as Hornady, Savage Arms and Thompson Center Arms. He has served as a volunteer for numerous organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, BSA’s Philmont Scout Ranch, Buffalo Trails Scout Camp, BSA’s Venturing Program, the USA Shooting Junior Olympic Development Program, the YMCA, the International Hunter Education Association, the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, the NRA, the National Skeet Shooting Association, the 4-H Clubs of America and the Cimarron Kiwanis Club. He is a member of the BSA Venturing Shooting Sports National Committee and has served on the National 4-H Shooting Sports Board as well.

But perhaps Smith’s greatest legacy, according to Crosman President Ken D’Arcy, is his dedication to instilling a respect for safe shooting and the building self-esteem through competition. “If delivering those messages is the key to building our sport, then Jim Smith is one of the most dedicated messengers we’ve got. He is one of a kind. The industry could use a dozen more like him.”