A Brief History of Kids & Clays

Dec 21, 2018

Since 1999, the Kids & Clays Foundation has been on a mission to help critically ill children and their families win the fight of their lives. With the support of companies like Savage Arms, Kids & Clays has generated nearly $18,000,000 through sporting clays, trap and skeet events.


Jun 05, 2018

I’m a C-class shooter and shoot regularly. Periodically, I’ll flinch on a shot and have no idea why. While I can’t detect a pattern, it tends to happen more often on the first target of a pair. Do you know of any research on why we flinch, and do you have any suggestions on ways to eliminate it?

  There is no mistaking a flinch — that momentary “hiccup” as you are about to pull the trigger of your shotgun. The most commonly held misconception is that a flinch is an anticipation of recoil caused by shooting heavy loads. It has been my experience that this is rarely the cause. Instead, it is caused by a sudden interruption of the acute visual connection between the target and the dominant eye. When this happens, your brain experiences a moment of visual confusion, causing the flinch. The cause of this visual disconnection is most often one of the following: 1) Improper gun fit: For a shooter with a high cheekbone or smaller facial structure, the dominant eye may wind up below the rib of the shotgun when the shotgun is fully mounted and the shot is executed. With this shooter, a higher comb is the solution. Have an adjustable comb installed or use a comb riser product like the Beartooth Comb Riser. 2) Spoiling the line: When the movement of your gun to the break point is such that the muzzle gets between your eye and the target, you inadvertently block your visual connection with the target as you execute the shot. This most often happens on targets that are descending at the break point. It also happens when a shooter is not committed to a break point and “rides the target.” 3) Gun mount: I have often worked with shooters who press their head into the gun at the end of the move, even if their gun fit and movement to the target is perfect. This positions the eye below the rib and blocks the shooter’s visual connection with the target. Your best path to flinchless shooting is to seek the assistance of an experienced instructor who can diagnose and help you resolve your flinch. Don Currie is NSCA’s Chief Instructor, an Orvis Wingshooting School instructor, and Master Class competitor. To get free shooting tips and videos, sign up for his monthly newsletter.  You can also see more tips from Currie at www.doncurrie.com. Read the original article at http://nssa-nsca.org/blog/2018/05/28/ask-the-instructor-flinching-2/ 

Kids & Clays Foundation Announces New Staff Member

Jan 25, 2016

(Michigan City, IN) – The Kids & Clays Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Zac Lemmon as its program director. He will work to support a nationwide series of shooting events with all proceeds benefitting Ronald McDonald Houses.

“We went through an extensive process searching for the most qualified candidate to help grow the Foundation into the future,” said Doug Jeanneret, Kids & Clays executive director. “Zac’s expertise and experience are exactly what we need to continue to fulfill our mission working with the shooting industry, McDonald’s suppliers, and the communities they serve.”

Lemmon most recently worked for the Sportsmen’s Alliance as associate director of field services organizing volunteers, working on membership programs and facilitating special events. Before that he was the operations manager and head guide for a large hunting facility in eastern Ohio.

“I feel blessed to have this opportunity to help build a program that is vitally important to thousands of critically ill children and their families across the country,” said Lemmon. “I had medical issues as a young child and a Ronald McDonald House was there for us when we needed it. I am excited for the chance to now help children and their families improve their lives through the generosity of McDonalds suppliers and the outdoor industry.”

Since its inception in 1999, Kids & Clays Foundation supported events have netted over $15 million to benefit Ronald McDonald Houses. The Houses provide a “home away from home” atmosphere for thousands of families every night during their time of need enabling them to be close to their sick or injured child.

The Foundation fulfills its mission of “aiming to improve children’s lives” by partnering with shooting sports enthusiasts and companies to generate funds to support Ronald McDonald Houses, Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms, and Mobile Medical Units. Kids & Clays is the Charity of Choice of the National Sporting Clay Association, the Amateur Trapshooting Association, and the National Skeet Shooting Association.

Lemmon holds a bachelor’s degree in Sports Science from the University of Mount Union. He was also a starter on their 2008 National Championship football team. He is an avid shooter and outdoor enthusiast and resides in east-central Ohio.

Americase Partners with the Kids & Clays Foundation

Jan 15, 2016

(Michigan City, IN) Americase Inc., the leading manufacturer of quality carrying cases for guns, archery, and industrial equipment, has partnered with the Kids & Clays Foundation to support their national series of sporting clay events. Proceeds from the shooting events benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, who provide housing and other help to tens of thousands of critically ill children and their families across the country each year.“We are excited and proud to be working with Americase to help raise funds vital to our mission,” said Bill Keyser, president of the Kids & Clays Foundation. “Through their generous support, the people at Americase are making a large difference in the lives of countless families – many during their time of greatest need.”

Americase created specially embroidered Ultra-Lite 3017 custom compact breakdown shotgun cases to be used at each of the Kids & Clays/Ronald McDonald House sporting clay events in 2016. They will be auctioned at each event with all proceeds supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities.

“We are honored to be working with Kids & Clays and their ultimate mission of helping children and their families when they need it the most,” said Graham Compton, Americase Brand Marketing Manager. “At Americase, our mission is to not only make quality American made products also to help communities across the country by supporting worthy charities and causes. Through our support of Kids & Clays, we are doing just that.”

Henry Repeating Arms Partners with the Kids & Clays Foundation

Dec 08, 2015

2015 Sweepstakes Prize Winners

Oct 31, 2015

1st Prize – Blaser F3 Grand Luxe Shotgun Greg Peters, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2nd Prize – E Z Go Blue Electric Express Cart Steve Napier, Cleveland, Ohio

3rd Prize – Laser Shot Portable Training System Roger Oswalt, Butler, Ohio

4th Prize – Lincoln Traps Infinity Series Sporter 320 Denise Nobles, Cochran, Georgia

5th Prize – Winchester $1,000 Gift Certificate Kurt Folkmier, Union, Michigan