United Special Sportsman Alliance, Inc. (USSA) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit national wish granting charity that specializes in sending critically ill and disabled youth and disabled veterans on the outdoor adventure of their dreams! USSA adventures give our youth and veterans something to look forward to, and help sustain them in their time of need! Families are whisked away from the mundane, man-made world of hospitals, and high medical bills by giving them a place of peace to focus on the quality of life, family ties, and the wonders of our natural world! USSA is composed of a 100% volunteer staff from all walks of life, bonded together by a common love for our fellow mankind and a deep respect and appreciation of our world's natural resources. By working cooperatively with caring "Adventure" donors as well as generous individual and corporate sponsors, USSA has made a significant impact on the lives of thousands of children, disabled veterans and their families. The public's image of all sportsmen is enhanced, through this valuable community service and new lifelong friendships are made! To learn more about USSA read on.
Kyle Wyss - USSA Youth Outdoor Leader
My name is Kyle Wyss and I am from Melrose, WI. My friends may think that I am lucky that I've been able to hunt the animals that I have been hunting. Unfortunately, I wouldn't call it luck. On December 7, 2004, I was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor. I had just turned 13; had a successful deer hunting season 2 weeks prior to being diagnosed with cancer. Little did I know at the time what was going to happen and how it would change my life forever.
Not only did I enjoy hunting, I also loved playing soccer, football and basketball. After surgery, I stayed in the hospital for 3 months undergoing a lot of therapy and 6 weeks of radiation. This sounds like a lot for a teenager to undergo, but for me it was only the beginning of what was yet to come. Because of where my tumor was located, I lost all of my motor skills and my speaking ability. I had to relearn the simple and the complex things that most of us take advantage of everyday. Once out of the hospital, the therapy continued along with 9 rounds of chemotherapy. I finally finished in January of 2006. What an awesome feeling!
The year of 2006 was like a new beginning for me. As I started to focus on being able to walk again, I also was able to be a part of the best hunts ever. Cancer might have taken away my motor skills but USSA gave me back the reason to want to move forward. I was fortunate enough to be able to hunt pheasants, turkey and the best hunt of all---a bear hunt.
When I was able to start hunting again, I was still in a wheel chair but that didn't matter. The guide would adapt to my situation and do what was necessary to get me to the woods. If you have a will to go hunting, don't let a wheel chair, an illness or any type of disability stand in your way. Hunting is what kept me and continues to keeps me going. I have met some amazing new friends thru the USSA. We might not all have cancer in common, but we all have hunting in common. When a group of us are together, it doesn't matter if you are different than normal kids because each and every one of us has something different that has allowed us to be a part of USSA.
Oh yeah, in case you are wondering, the therapy was worth it in the end. I can now walk unassisted and I continue to move forward trying to overcome my disabilities. I might be a little different because of my cancer diagnosis, but it doesn't stand in the way of wanting to be a normal teenager. One thing that I've learned because of all of this is that even when you are feeling down, NEVER, NEVER, EVER GIVE UP! Trust me, I had many moments where I didn't want to move forward, but I am so glad that I did.
USSA has given me many chances of a lifetime that most adults may never experience. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me a part of my life back that for a while I didn't think would ever exist again. If you're wondering if USSA is a good charity to be involved with, don't hesitate to join because it certainly gave me a will to live; the courage to keep working hard and some fantastic memories that will last a lifetime. I don't consider myself 'lucky' by any means that I've been able to do the hunts that I have but I do feel very fortunate that I am a part of the USSA charity. Thank you for helping me overcome a very difficult time in my life.
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2014 Summerfest Event – Resounding success!!
Many thanks to our Committee for their hard work and dedication. They did a great job of running the event and helping instill memories that will last a lifetime.
A very special thank you for the sponsors, donors, exhibitors, anglers, and Saddle Mound Cranberry Marsh who without their support this event would not be possible.
Safari Club International Foundation
Since 2000, SCI Foundation (SCIF) has provided $47 million to conservation, wildlife education, and humanitarian programs around the world. Growth of SCIF has continued to gain momentum through charitable donations from SCI members and direct grants from local chapters and the SCI organization. A recent effort that just completed its fund-raising drive is the Hunter Legacy Fund which is a dedicated funding source for wildlife conservation . This endowment was created by one hundred individuals and corporations, dedicating a pledge of $100,000 to create a $10 million endowment to ensure conservation programs of SCIF will continue long into the future. A similar effort kicked off in 2008 to create an endowment for conservation education.
With recent expenditures exceeding $5 million annually, SCI Foundation has continued to promote science-based conservation through wildlife research, capacity building in governments, youth and teacher education, and humanitarian programs which show the importance of the hunting community in society. A project nearing completion, called the "White Book", will showcase nearly 150 conservation projects where SCIF has made major contributions to the world of wildlife management.
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USSA is a registered 501(c)(3) national organization; 100% volunteer based. Your "Donation" is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Whether you are a business, an organization, a foundation, a governmental agency, outfitter, landowner, or a private citizen looking to make a difference, USSA has an "option" to make your involvement simple AND rewarding!
Our Sponsor's dollars help USSA meet its numerous operational expenses in addition to playing a greater role in large scale group events. Sponsorship dollars also subsidize travel expenses for our "recipients" to and from the field, license fees, taxidermy expense, and game processing.
II. Donors and Partners
USSA Donors are the "field generals" of our charity. These are the people and operations that are on the front lines, donating hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding, and water sports adventures to our nations less fortunate sportsmen and women. Our donors are a diverse group. They are our country's land owner's outfitters, preserve owners, fishing lodge owners, boat owners and campground owners to name a few examples. Without their generosity and compassion, USSA would be just another charity. If you have any "outdoor type" service you would like to offer please let us know. If you have any unique outdoor experience you would like to offer, please let us know, and we will post your special opportunity under one of our homepage adventure buttons called "Other Activities". We will then help coordinate the wish for you and your recipient.
Our USSA Partners are organizations and operations that share a common cause and philosophy about human dignity, conservation, and outdoor sports. Partners can contribute valuable services, like media and communications or intangibles like providing a united solid front on key conservation, education and sportsmanship issues. If you would like to become a partner and be listed on our web site, please contact us at: "Contact USSA"
Partner, Donor, Sponsor and Member support is essential to promoting a new era of outdoor sports for the 21st century. A united voice with ALL concerned operations and organizations is crucial to see the mission to a successful end.
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