The Great Americans Shoot 2015

The 2015 Great Americans Shoot surpassed all expectations by raising $1.4 million, shattering last year’s fundraising record by a quarter of a million dollars. This unique sporting clays shoot, which was held on September 26 at Providence Plantation in Rosharon, TX, benefited the Special Forces Charitable Trust ( and other military nonprofits that provide support to active duty service members and veterans.

“I can’t think of anything that is more rewarding for my family and I than The Great Americans Shoot,” said founder and Shoot Chair Mike Reynolds. “This country and the grace of God have blessed my family beyond reason and “giving back” just shouldn’t be this fun!”

The Great Americans Shoot has a one-of-a-kind format. Eighteen teams of five shooters raised a minimum of $50,000 to participate. Half of the proceeds went to the Special Forces Charitable Trust; the remainder was split among designated charities of the top fundraising teams.

  • 1st place fundraising team: Team Most Improved
  • 2nd place fundraising team: Lady Laura and the Shooting Stars
  • 3rd place fundraising team: Operation 1 Defending Freedom
  • 4th place fundraising team: Team Nationwide Express
  • 5th place fundraising team: Disk Dusters

Each team included a “6th Man” from within the Special Operations Community, who joined the shooting competition as an honorary team member.   Among these Special Operators is U.S. Army Major Ivan Castro, the only blind active duty officer in the Green Berets. Maj. Castro shot 15 out of 20 sporting clays, breaking his own “world record” of 13, which he set in 2014.

“Once again the Great Americans Shoot, under the leadership of Mike Reynolds, was a tremendous success,” said David T. Guernsey, Jr., Executive Director of Special Forces Charitable Trust. “We had more than 115 participants this year from New York to California supporting the Special Forces Charitable Trust and Special Operations Community. We thank everyone one of them for their support.”

Special thanks goes out to the Texas A&M skeet and trap club, which provided 20 volunteers to serve as pullers and scorers for the event.

“It was a weekend among great American civilians and great American warriors, and a chance for all of us to say “thank you” to the men that go to war for us,” added Shoot Chair Reynolds.

“All I can say is see you next year!”

2015 Photo Gallery

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