What: On Friday, June 3, 2011, Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and FLW Outdoors and in support of the Department of the Interior’s Office of Youth and the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Outside initiative, is bringing 300 underserved local students by the busloads to fish at National Harbor for the fourth annual Nation’s River Bass Tournament. This first time event that pairs a non-profit, a federal agency and national corporation at National Harbor to support the First Lady’s efforts to fight childhood obesity and connect youth to their natural resources.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will provide interpretive educational displays devoted to boating, fishing, wildlife and the environment on the West Pier. In addition, U.S. Wildlife Service adult volunteers will assist with teaching youth how to fish on the East Pier.
Staff from Pepco’s Environmental Services group will be on hand with displays on energy efficiency and environmental stewardship and the company’s activities to protect birds and wildlife and care for the trees and other habitat on and near its electric system. In addition, Pepco’s Captain Kilowatt will welcome the kids to the “Captain Kilowatt” interactive video game, which challenges players to eliminate the Energy Goblins in their homes.
Held in conjunction with the Walmart FLW Tour on the Potomac River presented by National Guard participants and fans can enjoy numerous activities on Friday at National Harbor including a Ranger boat simulator, casting pools, obstacle course and other interactive games. Fans can also attend the FLW Outdoors Expo on Saturday and Sunday from noon – 4 p.m. at National Harbor.
Additional sponsors include: Walmart, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, American Sportfishing Association, Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, National Marine Manufacturers Association, GenOn and Gaylord National. These groups are providing critical support to connect regional youth to the Potomac River to advance the goals of the federal agencies and the fishing and boating industry growing new anglers, boaters and conservationists.
Wes McNealy, Director of Environmental Services at Pepco adds “Living Classrooms is one of the best programs for young people in our region, and we have been enthusiastic supporters for several years. They get kids outside having fun while providing a valuable educational experience in and about our precious natural resources. Their focus on improving the health of the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers aligns perfectly with our own commitment to the environment where we and our customers live and work.”
When: Friday, June 3, 2011
7:00am – 12:30pm
Where: The West and East Pier at National Harbor, National Harbor, Maryland
Who: Over 300 DC, Maryland, and Virginia students, Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Interior, Pepco, Walmart, FLW Outdoors, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, National Harbor, and more than a dozen other public and private partner organizations.
Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region
Living Classrooms strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban natural and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” Living Classrooms serves over 40,000 youth each year, including 18,000 in the Washington, DC area.. Living Classrooms has been working to restore the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers for the last ten years. For more information, please visit www.livingclassroomsdc.org.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.
Pepco and our employees take pride in our close ties to the communities we serve, which include portions of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and all of the District of Columbia. PHI is a generous corporate donor and our employees have a long and proud tradition of volunteerism in our communities, logging in thousand of hours of volunteer service each year. Our commitment and involvement takes many forms.
Pepco is especially proud of our proactive involvement in environmental initiatives. In addition to our strong commitment to good environmental stewardship our employees are involved in a broad range of volunteer activities to enhance the environment. Throughout our service territory our employees are involved in river and coastal cleanup activities, recycling programs and a host of other proactive initiatives. Our utility subsidiaries have forged strong ties with environmental organizations and work closely with local, state and federal agencies. www.pepcoholdings.com/services/outreach/
FLW Outdoors is the best in fishing, on and off the water. Anglers worldwide can compete for millions over the course of 191 tournaments in 2011. FLW Outdoors has taken fishing mainstream with the world’s richest fantasy sports game, FLW Fantasy Fishing presented by Straight Talk, where competitors can play for free as well as sign up for Player’s Advantage to gain an edge. For more information about FLW Outdoors and FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit FLWOutdoors.com or FantasyFishing.com.
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