The National Rifle Association has selected Edie P. Reynolds of Raleigh, N.C., to receive the 2007 Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award. This award recognizes exceptional contributions to the preservation of the Second Amendment and the shooting sports through education, advocacy, volunteerism, and legislative activism in support of the goals of the NRA.
Reynolds, an NRA Board member and lifelong shooter, is a five-time Women's National Champion in Smallbore Prone and has numerous other shooting titles to her credit. She was an assistant rifle coach at North Carolina State University from 1974 to 2000, and is an NRA Certified Coach, Instructor, and Range Safety Officer.
As an instructor and coach, Reynolds has worked tirelessly to train young people in the safe use of firearms, particularly as a rifle counselor at a girls' summer camp in Vermont for many years. As a Board member, she takes a personal interest in many NRA programs, especially those designed to get women and young people involved in hunting and competitive shooting. She is also the Chairman of the NRA Smallbore Rifle, Collegiate Programs, and Competition Rules and Programs Committees, and is the Vice Chairman of the NRA Youth Programs and Air Gun committees.
Commenting on her selection, Reynolds said, "I am extremely honored to have my name added to the list of past award recipients, and grateful to one of them in particular -- Marianne Driver, who earned the award in 1999. Without her mentoring, I would not be in a position to win this prestigious award. She took me under her wing, as she had done for her daughters and countless others, when I was learning to shoot."
Reynolds added, "The NRA is constantly working to expand outreach to women with great success. Offering instructional shooting clinics and hunting opportunities gives women an experience they want to tell their friends about and get them involved."