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RBFF Awards Three Education Grants Nationwide
Programs Will Introduce Thousands of Kids & Families to Boating, Fishing & Conservation

ALEXANDRIA, VA (June 30, 2010) – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced it has awarded three new education grants to youth-focused boating, fishing and conservation organizations that reach kids and families across the country. Selected from a pool of dozens of qualified applicants, the grants were awarded as part of RBFF’s growing boating and fishing education outreach efforts.

“We are extremely pleased with the national scope and reach of our new education grantees,” said RBFF Education Task Force Chairman Charles Holmes. “The Education Task Force is thrilled about growing RBFF’s education grants program and getting kids and their families out on the water to experience all the wonderful hands-on opportunities that the new grant recipients are offering.”

The FY 2011 National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative grant recipients include:

  •  International Game Fish Association (IGFA) – provides students and teachers with a variety of activities including fishing clinics, live touch tank demonstrations, safe boating practices, casting, rigging and knot-tying demonstrations. IGFA will firmly establish its Outreach Education Program in Florida with a goal of expanding to other states in the upcoming years.
  • National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA) – brings resources to local communities through its park and recreation facilities across the country to ensure the future for active, healthy youth engaged in sport and the outdoors. NRPA will expand its Take Me Fishing™ Initiative that builds and sustains fishing and boating programs with a focus on conservation.
  • YMCA of the USA – will offer through local YMCAs the opportunity for low-income, underserved and minority children and families to experience the pleasures of fishing and boating and the importance of conservation. YMCA will infuse existing camp curricula with Take Me Fishing messaging to highlight new and innovative hands-on activities and further educate people as to ‘how to’ and ‘where to’ boat and fish.

RBFF made a major strategic shift this year to focus more on youth,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “Our goal is to reach 350,000 kids and families over the next year with the ultimate goal of reaching one million over the next three years. We plan to achieve this not only through our education grants program, but also through a new partnership with Discovery Education, our Scouting Patch Program and participation in the Outdoor Nation youth movement.”

A key requirement of RBFF’s National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative, which awards education grants annually, includes introducing boating and fishing to minorities and underserved communities. Special consideration is given to programs that offer multiple on-the-water learning opportunities, encourage long-term involvement of participants, provide training for instructors, promote conservation and support existing RBFF partnerships. Since 2007, more than 400,000 kids have participated in RBFF’s aquatic education programs.

For more information about RBFF’s education grant opportunities, visit RBFF.org.

About RBFF
RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources. 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™.