About Our Facility
The Demmer Center vision is to develop a world-class shooting sports education and training center that provides a safe, clean, family atmosphere appealing to both shooters and non-shooters across all demographics with or without disabilities. The Demmer Center includes indoor range facilities to allow year-round use and is designed to accommodate a variety of shooting sports activities. We utilize the latest in shooting range technology and our facility is designed in an environmentally friendly manner. We are also Green Certified by the MSU Sustainability Office.
The Demmer Center is open to the general public. We provide educational, recreational, and competitive shooting sports opportunities for the whole family. We facilitate the activities of MSU shooting teams and provide a home for the possibility of future NCAA shooting teams. The Demmer Center is conveniently located and provides a venue that may host regional, state, and national competitions. The Center is also used by MSU shooting sports student organizations including smallbore, air rifle and archery as well as academic programs in shooting sports, law enforcement and related curricula.
The Demmer Center is part of the Easton Foundations Archery Centers
The Demmer Center is expanding Olympic and Paralympic sport outreach and awareness by promoting diversity and providing more opportunities for young athletes to train from the ground up to becoming the next Olympian or Paralympian.
The US Olympic Committee has designated the Demmer Center as a Community Olympic Development Program and Paralympic Sports Club.
US Olympic Committee Press Release
The Community Olympic Development and Paralympic Sport Club Program is designed to be implemented within the Demmer Center’s menu of programs.
The Demmer Center’s enhanced vision includes the following:
- Developing a community-based sport club that recruits and involves diverse youth and adults with and without physical and visual disabilities in sports and physical activities regardless of skill level or interest.
- Developing a comprehensive, community-based Olympic and Paralympic sport club network as a foundation for an athlete pipeline.
- Providing community-based sport program opportunities for injured service members and veterans to continue sport participation upon integration back into their home communities.
- Creating a national, unified, community-based Olympic and Paralympic sport club network that provides a grassroots branding campaign to educate individuals on the opportunities and benefits inherent in sports and physical activities for diverse people with or without physical and visual disabilities.
When John Demmer attended Michigan State University in the 1940s, followed by his founding of the Demmer Corporation in Lansing in 1950, no one at the University knew at that time the dramatic impact the Demmer family would have on campus in the nearly 60 years that followed. The tremendous success of the company combined with a passion for everything Spartan has resulted in John, his late wife Marnie, their sons Bill and Ed, and their daughter Peg, becoming a family of stellar MSU contributors.
“My wife, Marnie, and I met at MSU prior to World War II, and the University has been a very important part of our lives ever since. It has been our fondest wish that this spectacular facility will help inspire respect for shooting sports and that it will be replicated at other institutions.”
“It feels great to be helping Michigan State University bring a world-class facility to its campus for the promotion of shooting sports.”
In addition to John and Marnie Demmer, other major contributors include the Archery Trade Association, the Hal Jean Glassen Memorial Foundation, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Included as part of the Demmer Center is the Becky and Bob Humphries Community Archery Park, named to honor the couple for their lifetime devotion to outdoor sports.
“The new John and Marnie Demmer Shooting Sports Education and Training Center is yet another opportunity for our partnership in developing shooting sports as a life-long recreational pursuit. Not only is the pastime one of the fastest growing activities in the nation, it offers a platform for self-discipline and concentration - characteristics that exemplify leadership and sound decision-making.”
-Rebecca A. Humphries, Director Michigan Department of Natural Resources
“The Demmer Center will provide our students and the public with first-class instruction, skill development, education and training opportunities in a state-of-the-art facility…one day we want to see an MSU Spartan as an Olympic shooting athlete.”
-William W. Taylor, MSU University Distinguished Professor and Former Chair, Fisheries and Wildlife Department