Shooting Sports USA - November 2021 - 21

O
n a Thursday morning in September,
after the conclusion of the 2021 Grand
American, new Amateur Trapshooting
Association President Darryl Hayes is unpacking
his agenda for the organization's future.
We're talking on the phone while he's driving
from Michigan to the Dixie Grand ATA match
in North Carolina. " Trapshooting means everything
to me, " he says. " I want to make sure that
there is an ATA for many years after I'm gone. "
At age 40, not only is Hayes the youngest
person in history to become president of the
Amateur Trapshooting Association, he's also
the first person of color to occupy the office.
Ascending to ATA's top position isn't the only
big move for Hayes this year-in June, he
was promoted to Deputy Chief of the Detroit
Police Department. You really can't find
someone with better credentials to lead the
top U.S. trap organization.
Hayes is quick to give credit to the shooting
sports, namely trapshooting, for giving him
a solid foundation in life and enabling his
ascendance to top positions, both professional
and recreational. " I will never give up trap, it's
a way of life, " he says.
Guiding the next generation of trapshooters
will occupy the lion's share of his focus as ATA
president. Hayes explained his road map to
me: " To see the sport through challenges, such
as ammunition shortages and urban sprawl,
and to promote, diversify and grow the membership
of the organization to better reflect the
country that we're proud to be a part of. "
For the entire Hayes clan, trapshooting is
a family tradition. " My father, brothers and
my wife shoot, and we're looking forward to
welcoming the third generation of our family
into shooting, with my daughter and my
nieces and nephews. "
At the 2017 Michigan State Shoot, Hayes, pictured
here with dad Franklin and brother Daniel, won
singles, doubles and all-around titles.
TRAPSHOOTING ROOTS
When Hayes was about seven, his father,
Franklin, introduced him to the sport. His
dad has been an active ATA competitor since
1968. " The first gun I ever shot was with my
dad, a Browning BT-99 at Century Gun Club in
Michigan, " Hayes says. " When I was young,
watching him shoot the first time, he became a
superhero to me. "
The elder Hayes encouraged his son,
whose appetite for competition grew by the
day. Young Darryl became immersed in the
sport. " I tagged along with my father to ATA
matches. He gave me opportunities to shoot,
and my classification progressed from SubJunior
to Junior as I grew up. "
He even met his best friend from childhood
on the trap field, Frank Bentley, III, of
Lockport, Ill. " From the age of 12 when we
first met, Frank and I have been lifelong
friends. " They've been at each other's
weddings and watched their families grow, all
thanks to trapshooting.
SSUSA.ORG | NOVEMBER 2021
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