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RBFF Awards Seven Education Grants Nationwide

ALEXANDRIA, VA (September 18, 2008) – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) recently awarded seven new education grants to organizations across the country. Selected from a pool of 34 applicants, the grants were created to build on RBFF’s boating and fishing education outreach efforts.

“We hope to put 125,000 kids through boating and fishing education programs this year,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “We look forward to working with our new grant recipients to introduce children across the country to these great American pastimes.”

The 2008 Educational Youth Fishing Initiative Grant recipients include:

  • C.A.S.T. for Kids – designs, manages and hosts events for disabled or disadvantaged children across the country.
  • FishHer – Fishing Gear for Women – designs, educates and empowers girls who are actively involved in the Girl Scouts of the USA, and are new to the sport of fishing, boating and aquatic education.
  • Junior Anglers & Hunters of America, Inc. – provides a mobile classroom and volunteers to introduce recreational boating and fishing to the largest concentration of children in Texas, who have little or no contact with outdoors experiences and recreational activities due to various socio-economic factors.
  • Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region provides experiential, hands-on programs that promote safe boating, responsible fishing practices and conservation principles to youth in underserved areas of Washington, DC.
  • National Youth Marine Alliance – provides hands-on community based conservation service projects to preserve and protect America’s lakes, streams, rivers and shorelines.
  • Spirit of America Foundation – provides hands-on boating education, water safety instruction and introduction to many activities for the environmental protections.
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis – increases fishing activities through YMCA camps and youth programs.

Key requirements of RBFF’s new grant application guidelines, which were established in February 2008, include introducing boating and fishing to minorities and underserved communities. The seven new grant recipients join two unique education programs already funded by RBFF - the Future Fisherman Foundation’s Physh Ed program and the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) Take Me Fishing™ Initiative.

About RBFF
RBFF is a nonprofit organization established in 1998 to increase participation in recreational angling and boating. RBFF helps people discover, share and protect the legacy of boating and fishing through national outreach programs including the Take Me Fishing™ campaign and Anglers’ Legacy™.

Stephanie West