The Best of the Best: The Road to Rio just might begin in Tucson

taz-gloriaBy Rob Larson

A local High School Athlete will represent the USA in World Shotgun Competitions

On Sunday March 23 in Kerrville Texas, Mountain View High School student Luis (Taz) Gloria qualified to represent the United States of America in not only the Junior World Championships to be held in Suhl Germany, but in the World Championships in Granada Spain as well. Taz will also be representing the USA at this year’s World Cup to be held in just two weeks in Tucson on April 8th through the 14th at The Tucson Trap and Skeet Club at 7800 Old Ajo Highway. He won this position on the World Cup team in 2013 at the USA Shooting Fall Selection match, by beating 2 times Olympic Gold Medalist Vince Hancock and 2012 Olympian Frank Thompson.
2013 was a banner year for Taz, he competed and medaled at almost every national match held in the USA and at the Junior World Championships held in Lima Peru where he won a Bronze medal.

Taz started shooting almost before he could keep both ends of the gun off the ground at the same time. At age 9 he started competing with a shotgun in The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and during his first year, he made it to the National SCTP Championships. In 2008 Taz qualified to compete at the National Junior Olympic Skeet and Trap Championships for the first time. While it may have taken him a couple of years to win his first medal at Nationals, since then he has almost had a spot reserved for him on the podium.

All this has not come without sacrifice. 2013 was his senior year, but because of time he had to take off for competitions, he was not able to finish all his classes, so he is currently taking on line courses to get his diploma. He works at Cracker Barrel part time and spends the rest of his time training to beat the world’s best shotgun shooters. But with goal of shooting in Rio De Janerio in 2016, Taz just keeps on moving like that Saturday morning cartoon character that he is so aptly named after.
Luis (Taz) Gloria plans to attend Lindenwood University in the fall.

The Tucson World Cup Shotgun Match is open for spectators, so come out and watch as this remarkable young man represents not only Tucson but the United States of America in this world class competition. Many past and current Olympic Medal winners will be competing, from the USA this will include 5 time Olympic medal winner Kim Rhode, 2 time Olympic Gold Medal winner Vince Hancock in Skeet and Beijing Gold Medalist Glenn Eller in Double Trap.

This World Cup means a lot not only to these competitors, but also to the city of Tucson. It has been estimated that this event will bring in several million dollars into Tucson’s economy. More than 800 people will be attending from over 60 different countries.

The Tucson Trap and Skeet Club is proud to bring these world class athletes to visit the various amenities that the City of Tucson and Pima County has to offer. These Olympic shooting athletes will be engaged in so many ways throughout our community. From the fabulous host hotel partners, to the endless Southern Arizona attractions and the world class culinary experience our great community has to offer. Teams from all over the world will be enjoying our community from 7-14 days and these international visitors will surely enjoy their time here, thanks to so many partners. The opportunity to continue to host events of this magnitude and all of the other year round events we host at our Club are why USA Shooting selected our community to host such an event.

But we need partners to help defray some the ancillary costs it takes to host such an event.
Partners are needed for the following goods or services.

Transportation: We are required to transport these athletes from the airport to their hotels and out to Tucson Trap and Skeet. We are also required to cover transportation for several ISSF Officials and media representatives. Sponsors for transportation could include the use of a rental car for a week or a monetary donation to help cover the costs of the buses to transport the teams.

One large Tent: (100’x40’)- We are required to have a place for these athletes to rest and get out of the weather. Sponsors for this tent could include the use of a tent (or 2 tents) or a monetary donation to cover this cost.

Hotel Rooms: We are required to bring in Officials from other countries to help officiate these games, we have to cover not only the hotel rooms, but also the airfare, meals and transportation.

Pop Up Shade structures-:10 required- We need to place these on the skeet fields to give the competitors a little shade during the match. If your business has shade structures that could be loaned to us for this event, that would also be considered as a sponsorship.

If you are interested in helping sponsor this event, please contact Linda Williams at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club (520-883-6426) or Rob Larson – email

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  1. Taz is a very bright young man, he was junior class VP, a member of a Car club, He volunteered at several organizations. These student athletes are held to a higher standard than most student athletes, because they compete with guns, but also the sport demands respect for all athletes and officials. you will never meet a more polite group of athletes, coaches and parents as you will when you at one of these competitions.

  2. Are you watching liberal dogs, let’s hear your hate, your slander, but remember, these kids grow up to be the surgeons working on your heart, defending, with their lives, your life, in law enforcement, military and as citizens assisting everyone from fixing your plumbing to investing and creating wealth.

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