The Francis M. Redington Sportsmanship Award was established in May 2005. Francis M. Redington was a dedicated Legionnaire who fully supported The American Legion’s Americanism programs. He worked tirelessly in support of The American Legion Junior Shooting Program, which was his first love. Francis loyally and faithfully served for twelve years as a Deputy Range Officer on the Junior Air Rifle National Championship staff until his passing in 2003.
Through his personal dedication and commitment to the Junior Shooting Sports Program, Francis devoted countless hours, often contributing of his own resources to ensure equipment was maintained and materials were available to program and national championship tournament participants. Francis’ can-do spirit and positive words of encouragement ensured that all Junior Air Rifle National Championship athletes had the opportunity to learn and appreciate sportsmanship and fair play.
The National Americanism Commission is authorized to annually present the Francis M. Redington Sportsmanship Award to the athlete competing in The American Legion Junior Air Rifle National Championship who best exemplifies good sportsmanship and fair play.
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