CCC Welcomes the Addition of Shooting Sports

Central Community College

COLUMBUS, Neb. – Central Community College athletics is pleased to announce the addition of clay target-shooting sports at its Hastings Campus.

Sanctioned by the National Junior College Athletic Association, clay target will begin competition in the 2024-25 academic year. The team’s formation taps into the existing interest in the sport among current and potential students. The initiative also expands CCC’s nontraditional sports such as esports, which has been in existence for two years.

“The addition of clay target-shooting sports to CCC’s athletic program is an exciting opportunity to engage a new group of student-athletes and potentially enhance persistence, retention and recruitment,” said Mary Young, director of athletics. “We believe that by embracing nontraditional sports, we can enhance the overall student experience and further establish CCC as a leader in collegiate athletics.”

Initially, CCC aims to establish a squad of 10 student-athletes divided into two teams of five for the 2024-25 academic year. By year two or three, the squad size could reach a maximum of 16 scholarship members, with walk-on opportunities available. The Hastings Campus will provide the infrastructure to support the team with governance provided by the athletic offices at the Columbus Campus.

The program would be led by a full-time credentialed shooting sports coach, to be hired in late spring or summer of this year for recruiting purposes.

For more information about CCC’s clay target-shooting sports program, please contact athletic director Mary Young at [email protected] or 402-562-1492.