The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance and a team of union volunteers will hold four Take Kids Fishing Day events this summer, three of which will be held during National Fishing and Boating Week on Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9.

With more than 40 million anglers generating $35 billion in retail sales and $600 million for fisheries conservation and water access improvements through special excise taxes each year, it’s critical to continue recruiting new anglers.  These free events will help promote the importance of educating a future generation of American anglers from various communities and backgrounds.

Both the Nevada and Wisconsin events are open to the public, while the Illinois and Ohio events will focus on providing access to children with varying physical and mental disabilities. Thanks to the American Sports Fishing Association and Zebco, nearly 200 fishing combination sets will be available for use at the USA’s events.

Take Kids Fishing Day Events include:

June 8:  Crab Orchard Public Lake, Carbondale, Illinois | Co-Sponsored by Laborers Local 773 and 1197

June 9:  Pettibone Lagoon, La Crosse, Wisconsin | Co-Sponsored by the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO

June 9:  Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve, Munson, Ohio  | Co-Sponsored by International Association of Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers (BAC), BAC Ohio Area District Council, BAC Local 16 and Geauga Park District

TBD:  Sunset Park, Las Vegas, Nevada | Co-sponsored by the International Union of Elevator Constructors, Southern Nevada Building and Construction Trades Council, United Association and SMART

“Take Kids Fishing Day is the perfect opportunity to educate youngsters on the benefits of fishing,” said USA National Events Coordinator Tim Bindl. “It’s also a great way to show families the abundance of public access opportunities available in their communities.”

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance brings together union members from around the country, who are willing to volunteer their time and expertise, to tackle conservation projects that improve and enhance public access, wildlife habitat and outdoor experiences for communities across America.

For more information about the USA’s Take Kids Fishing Day or to find out how you can help, contact Tim Bindl at timb@unionsportsmen.org or 608-397-1023.

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