MONTICELLO, Ill. – Atop the podium at the 2020 Olympics stood William Shaner, who received the gold medal in air rifle. To see where this journey started, you would have to rewind 11 years to when he joined a 4-H shooting sports club. In 4-H shooting sports you learn safety, marksmanship, and responsibility.

Midstate Marksmen Air Rifle 4-H Club will have their first meeting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the 4-H Memorial Camp, 499 Old Timber Rd., Monticello, Ill. Future meeting dates will be scheduled at a later time. Equipment will be provided. Please wear close-toed shoes. Must be 8 to 18 years old by Sept. 1, 2021.

There is a $20 fee that covers a year of 4-H membership, current 4-H members can attend for free. Register for this event at go.illinois.edu/dmpevents. For more information, please contact Jamie Boas, 4-H youth development Extension educator, at kleissjm@illinois.edu or call 217-762-2191.

The 4-H program is provided through University of Illinois Extension and is open to youth ages 8 to 18. Youth learn skills for living by participating in individual or group learning experiences related to more than 200 project areas. More information about Extension and 4-H is available at go.illinois.edu/dmp. Find Piatt County 4-H on Facebook.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact 217-762-2191. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

Source: Jamie Boas, 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator, University of Illinois Extension

Writer: Laura Crider, Marketing and Communications, University of Illinois Extension

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