ALEXANDRIA, VA (May 27, 2008) – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced they will participate in the Nation’s River Bass Tournament on Friday, May 30, 2008 at the National Harbor on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson and staff will attend the event celebrating youth contributions toward improving and preserving local waterways, where 30 students will enjoy guided bass fishing and 200+ will participate in land-based hands-on activities and demonstrations.
Organized by Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region (LC-NCR) and the Discovery Creek Children’s Museum (DCCM), the Nation’s River Bass Tournament is being supported by fishing volunteers from throughout the Washington area, who are donating their time and equipment to provide the kids with a morning of bass fishing on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director H. Dale Hall, an avid angler and advocate for creating more youth “belly botanists” with LC-NCR’s education and outdoor programs, was named the event’s honorary chairman.
“We’re delighted to be supporting the Nation’s River Bass Tournament, which highlights the importance of preserving our nation’s waterways and helps connect children with nature,” said Peterson. “This event also helps RBFF achieve its mission of increasing participation in boating and fishing by introducing the next generation of boaters and anglers to the joys of both activities.”
The Potomac River is rated as one of the nation’s top 10 bass-fishing rivers. The tournament will launch bass boats from National Harbor’s West Pier at 6:00 a.m. with celebrities, elected officials, professional bass anglers, corporate sponsors and urban youth. All will return for a picnic, weigh-in and an awards ceremony on the West Pier. For more information, visit http://www.nationsriver.org/. If you’d like to set up a one-on-one meeting or interview at the Nation’s River Bass Tournament, e-mail RBFF Communications Director Heather Sieber or call her at (703) 216-8938.
About Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region
LC-NCR focuses on “learning by doing” education programs in maritime settings, community revitalization projects and other challenging learning environments. Using a special focus on at-risk urban youth, LC-NCR programs emphasize literacy and the applied learning of math, science, history, economics and ecology.
About Discovery Creek Children’s Museum of Washington
DCCM is committed to helping all children experience, appreciate and become stewards of the natural environment. Programs use natural and historic settings to create a living laboratory of science, history and art exploration. Last year, LC-NCR formalized a partnership with DCCM that brought the museum into the Living Classrooms’ family of affiliate organizations and enhanced both organizations’ impact on the community.
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.