A total of 88 Sporter and Precision shooters from across the state competed in the 19th Annual Arkansas American Legion Junior Olympic Three-Position Air Rifle Championship held Saturday, March 11 at North Little Rock’s Fisher National Guard Armory.

Three-position sporter and precision air rifle shooting represents the fastest-growing and largest segment of youth sport shooting events in the U.S. today. As part of the program, the tournament provides competitors an opportunity to test their marksmanship skills ability in competition with other junior competitors throughout the nation.

The championship was initiated in the fall of 1999 by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center (located at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock), the Civilian Marksmanship Program, Daisy/U.S. Jaycees Shooter Education Program, National 4-H Shooting Sports, The American Legion, and USA Shooting (the Olympic shooting governing body).

The American Legion sponsors these programs of marksmanship and gun safety education for Arkansas youth. Any Arkansas student currently enrolled in elementary, middle or high school or equivalent educational program such as home schooling is eligible.

For more information, call 375-1105, or Match Director Ralph Sims at 240-8698. Or go online to: www.arlegion.org/programs/americanism/jr_shooting.html, or the American Legion Department of Arkansas web site at: http://www.arlegion.org/.