Welcome to Shoot Out For Autism
Shoot Out For Autism is an annual fundraiser hosted by our family, better known as “Zach’s Pack”. This sporting clays tournament is held each spring at Ozark Shooters Sports Complex. Participants enjoy a fun filled day of shooting, raffles, music, and food. 100% of proceeds to date have gone directly to Autism Speaks (the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization). Over the past 8 years this event has raised nearly $77,000. Last year we reached a milestone; this event combined with other donations from family & friends boosted our total contribution to Autism Speaks to $100,382.47 (2005 to 2013)
- Official 2014 Flyer
- Official 2014 Registration Form
- 2014 Doubles Shoot Flyer
The 9th Annual Shoot Out For Autism will be held on Saturday, May 31st, 2014.
Why We Shoot
In 2003, our son, Zachary, was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2. Back then it was challenging to find resources that could offer both help and hope. After several years of therapy, Zachary has overcome many challenges, but continues to work hard every day to overcome new obstacles. His struggles, and courage, inspire us to take an active role advocating, spreading awareness, and fundraising. In 2006 we held the first “Shoot Out For Autism”. Our intent is to inspire other outdoorsman and shooting sports enthusiasts to join our cause. We want Zachary, and all individuals affected by autism, to have opportunities that will enrich their lives and make their futures bright. With your support we can help individuals and families affected by autism and other developmental disabilities.
A Time For Transition
For the past ten years, we have adapted to raising a child with autism. While early intervention and funding research will always be important to us, our personal focus has shifted to transitioning and adjusting as Zachary grows older. Zachary is evolving, his interests are changing, and he is flexing some of his independence. He will be a teenager this year, and next year he will move from junior high to high school. What awaits us after high school is uncertain at this point. For families living with autism, the transition to adulthood can invoke feelings of uncertainty and even fear about the future. Parents find themselves wondering whether their children could manage without them, and if so, where they would live and how they would otherwise be supported. Nova Center of the Ozarks is a local not-for-profit organization that provides many services and support for Individuals and families affected by autism and other developmental disabilities that are facing these uncertainties. Inspired by our own changing situation, we have decided to support Nova this year by donating 100% of our proceeds to help the individuals they serve live lives filled with purpose, dignity, choices, and happiness. For more information, please visit: www.novacenteroftheozarks.org Thank you for your continued support, we look forward to seeing you on Saturday May 31st!
And join us in the fall for the 3nd Annual Shoot Out For Autism Doubles Shoot on Sunday October 12th, 2014.
Michael & Heather
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759 U.S. 65
Walnut Shade, MO 65771-9237
Located 11 Miles north of Branson