Cabela’s Outdoor Fund Awards Grant to National Youth Program
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.”