Send The Team To New Zealand
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE 2019 UNITED STATES PALMA TEAM!
The 2019 Long Range World Championships is set to take place February 3-10, 2019 at the Seddon Range in Trentham, Upper Hutt, New Zealand.
Seddon Range, Trentham, Upper Hutt, New Zealand.
*DISCLAIMER* - 100% of donations received will be deposited directly into the team account, which is managed by Team Captain Norman Anderson, and will help to off-set all expenses related to this trip. This fundraiser is NOT affiliated with the NRA, Palma Promotions, the CMP, the U.S. Army, or the USAMU. The Campaign Organizer is Mia Rhode and will not be the recipient of any funds collected.
STATEMENT FROM TEAM CAPTAIN NORM ANDERSON: This group has done some amazing things so far, and there are amazing things yet to be done, but we need a little help to get it done. While the NRA is our parent organization, it was never their intent to support us long term, so shortly after my being appointed as Captain, financial support ceased. After a grant request was disapproved, we (collectively) have to generate some revenue to offset some of the costs that are associated with traveling to a World Long Range Championship.
Please allow me to extend a very sincere "thank you" to all have donated and that will donate, as our success is largely in part to your generosity. Thanks again, and let's go Team USA!!
HISTORY OF THE PALMA MATCH: In 1876, the USA invited countries from around the world to send their finest rifle shooters to compete in a long-range rifle match to commemorate the 100th anniversary of our great nation. Four answered the call, as Australia, Canada, Scotland, and Ireland sent their very best teams of marksmen to the Creedmoor Range on Long Island, New York. The 5 teams competed at 800, 900, and 1000 yards, in what would turn out to be the very first Palma match. This match started a great tradition of competition and fellowship that has remained strong among these original countries and many others.
142 years of shooting has brought many changes to the sport, but the Palma Match continues even now as a world championship event held every 4 years, and rotates between 6 different countries. The USA won that Inaugural Match, and has won it 14 more times since. The next Palma Match will take place in New Zealand in February of 2019, and the USA has assembled its best Palma shooters and coaches from all over the United States. These men and women have put their heart and soul into the pursuit of excellence in this sport, and look forward to representing their country in this historic match.
For many years, the US NRA has funded Team USA’s overseas travel to compete in the Palma Match. This year, the NRA has decided to cease funding, and unfortunately, this news comes very late in the world championship cycle. With only 4 months left before departure, this has left Team USA in a precarious position. The members of the team come from all walks of life, and have varying financial means. The high cost of this trip is enough to prevent some team members from being able to participate, and it could prevent the US from fielding the best team it has to offer.
The total cost to get all 27 members of the team and staff to New Zealand for the 2+ weeks of matches is $150,000. That’s a lot of money! Any donations made to this campaign will go to the team, not to individual members.
All funds raised will be used by the team to offset the costs of match entry fees ($800/team member), lodging ($1000/member), ground transportation ($1000/member), airfare ($2000/member) and meals/incidental expenses.
These are not paid positions, and each team member invests a great personal expense, in both time and money, to reach the skill level required to even be considered for this team.
Team USA took home the silver medal in the 2015 Palma Match, and the 2019 Team has it’s sights set on nothing less than gold. You can help Team USA bring the Palma Trophy back home to the USA by donating to this campaign.
Every little bit helps, and no amount is too small to make a difference.
The 2019 United States Palma Team thanks you for your continued support and donation!