When I was a kid, I wasn’t able to compete in the traditional sports like basketball or volleyball. I came to truly appreciate the skill, dedication and opportunities found in less well-known activities. For me, it was forensics. For a group of 59 teams of athletes, coaches and families who are headed to Rogers this weekend for the 51st Annual Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match, it’s competitive shooting.
I wrote about this event last year, when they hosted the 50th anniversary championship. This is another special year as Daisy is celebrating its 130th birthday as a company. The events will be at the Embassy Suites in Rogers July 1-4.
According to the company website, Daisy wrote the first organized curriculum on shooting education in 1955. “The lesson plan, which starts with gun safety instruction, has evolved over the years into Daisy's Shooting Education Ten Lesson Curriculum. The lesson plans include topics such as gun safety rules, types of firearms, safe carries, determining dominant eye, building a proper sight picture, shooting positions, range commands and more,” the website reads.
Getting to Rogers for this event is more than just asking to come and finding the funding for the trip. Qualifying for the Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match takes practice, hard work, dedication and resourcefulness, all which are excellent lessons for young people. The kids who participate in this championship are the best of the best who have competed in local and then state competitions to qualify for this national competition.
The schedule will tell you when the teams are competing, but I wanted to draw attention to a couple of things that might be of special interest to the public.
First, Daisy Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Second, there will be a public swap meet 11 am-3 pm on Saturday, which will be followed by a silent auction. The swap meet will be in the Pinnacle Ballroom at Embassy Suites and where premier collectors of Daisy memorabilia can display, buy, sell and trade Daisy artifacts.