Updated: 09/11/2013 11:10 PM
Created: 09/10/2013 8:05 PM WDIO.com
By: Laura Kennedy
A unique event in Duluth last weekend brought together two Northland passions, shooting sports and giving back.
Shoot For Fun is in its 15th year, and its bigger than ever. A record number of shooters registered, and spokesperson Eric Larson says the event is on track to raise $100,000 for Courage Kenny Rehabilition Institute Northland programs.
"It's pretty humbling," Larson said. "We're really proud of all the relationships that we've created through this. It's unique, it's different, people really get behind the shooting sports in northeastern Minnesota."
The Courage programs help adults and kids with disabilities stay active in sports and recreation. These opportunities are life-changing for Cheryl Dunbar and her family.
"My son is in a wheelchair but he's able to downhill ski, he's sailed on Lake Superior, he's scuba dived in pools, he's gotten to bow hunt, he's water skiied, that's just to name a few," Dunbar said.
This year's event was moved from spring to fall, which works well for hunters.
"A lot of people have told us that they're using this as a tune-up for their small game hunting," Larson said.
Committee member Brad Hansen says this event has something for skilled shooters and rookies.
"It's a good way to start beginners because everything is set up easy," Hansen said. "It gets them going, gets them involved. Once they get started they see how fun it is and it keeps them coming back."
Shoot For Fun offers a variety of games and challenges with some inspiration on the side.
"It's absolutely incredible," Dunbar said. "Courage is awesome and it's incredible. It always just warms my heart."
"We take a lot of things for granted," Hansen said. "You see some of these people and life can be pretty challenging for them. It's a good way to help them out."
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