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Cabela’s Outdoor Fund Awards Grant to National Youth Program

January 19, 2012
Ohio Valley Outdoors

COLUMBUS, OH The Cabela's Outdoor Fund, with a mission to promote conservation and hunting, fishing, camping, boating and other outdoor sporting and recreational activities, has awarded a $225,000 grant to the Trailblazer Adventure Program.

Trailblazer, a program of the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation, introduces youth and their families to shooting, fishing, and other conservation programs through an annual series of events held coast to coast.

A check presentation of the Cabela's Outdoor Fund award was made at the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) show during a meeting of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA).

"The Cabela's Outdoor Fund was established to support programs such as USSAF's Trailblazer Adventure which helps ensure the youth of today will carry on the traditions and legacies of our forefathers," said Tommy Millner, Cabela's Chief Executive Officer. "This program makes a difference in communities across the nation. And, the Trailblazer Adventure Program's purpose aligns with the goal of The Cabela's Outdoor Fund of protecting and promoting our outdoor heritage."

The Trailblazer Adventure Program began in 2001 with a single event near Atlanta. Since then, nearly 600 events have been held in 46 states with 1.3 million participants making it the largest program of its kind in the United States.

At each Trailblazer event, youth and their families shoot bows, air and other rifles, shotguns, and fish for various species. There are also other outdoor oriented activities, such as game calling, wildlife identification, and demonstrations, such as retriever dog and fox hunting. Trailblazer also partners with numerous state wildlife agencies, other conservation organizations, and youth serving agencies such as the Boy Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brother Big Sisters, and many other organizations.

"We are thrilled that the Cabela's Outdoor Fund is supporting Trailblazer with this vital grant," said Bud Pidgeon, USSAF president and CEO. "These funds allow us to continue to reach hundreds of thousands of youth and families each year and also expand the program into new and different areas. We cannot thank the Cabela's Outdoor Fund enough for their generosity."

About The Cabela's Outdoor Fund

The Cabela's Outdoor Fund is a tax-exempt organization dedicated to the promotion of conservation and hunting, fishing, camping, boating and other outdoor sporting and recreational activities. The Fund engages primarily in lobbying and advocacy for these activities. The Fund is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions to the Fund are not deductible as charitable contributions under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

About the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation (USSAF)

The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation protects and defends America's wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits -- hunting, fishing, shooting, and trapping -- which generate the money to pay for them. The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs, coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Contributions to the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, are tax deductible. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation, call (614) 888-4868 or visit



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