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.
Miles Miller - Youth Communication Advisor, USSA Advisory Council
Although you may not know it, Cerebral Palsy affects two out of every one thousand children born in the U.S.A. Forty to Fifty percent of these children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) are born prematurely. I fell into this category. I was born 10 weeks early.
My parents didn't know about my condition until I was about 6 months old when I was still crawling with tight legs. The doctors told them that I would never be able to walk normally. My only hope of walking without a cane or walker was having a surgery called a Spinal Rhizotomy. This would loosen my legs to help me walk better. Before I knew it, my parents and I flew to the big city of Los Angeles for the surgery. At the time, I was only five years old. It was a long recovery, but it was the best decision my parents could have ever made. That was the first step towards success in being able to walk.
I have continued fighting Cerebral Palsy with much family support. One challenge was biking fifty miles in one day to help earn my Eagle Scout Award, the highest award a boy scout can earn. Some people didn't believe in me, but my strong will to achieve the goal helped ensure my victory. I biked the 50 miles in an incredible eight hours. After achieving twenty-one merit badges and completing a strenuous Eagle Scout project, I received my Eagle Scout Award. I organized a community coat drive, where I gathered over 600 coats, and I donated them to the Goodwill Industries. The Goodwill uses the donations to help train disabled people for community jobs. It makes me feel good that I helped so many people in our community.
In 2004, my disability caught up with me, and my walking started to worsen. I decided to have an orthopedic surgery to help improve my condition. It took three months of physical therapy to gain the full potential that my legs could reach.
The U.S.S.A. (United Special Sportsman Alliance) is a program offering a wide variety of activities for special people to enjoy like myself. Before I knew it, Ms. O'Donoghue and the U.S.S.A had started a Jr. Board of directors, and I was the first person to be appointed onto it. What an honor!
I attend Kettle Moraine High School where I attain good grades and try my best. When I graduate from Kettle Moraine, I hope to continue my studies at UW-Whitewater, where I hope to obtain a degree in business.
Since I've been a part of this organization, the U.S.S.A. has presented me with two life long dreams; the first was a Wisconsin Black Bear hunt, and the second was a Texas Whitetail hunt. The Texas hunt has gotten two sources of publicity: video footage, and two magazine articles written by myself. These hunts were my motivation to improve my walking after my surgery.
The first hunt took place on Monday, September 27, 2004, and I harvested a 202-pound Wisconsin black bear. What a rush!
My second experience took place in Texas during December, where I harvested my first Texas whitetail on the White Ghost Ranch. During this hunt, I not only shot my first Texas buck but also became friends with many great people in Texas. After returning home from this great hunt, I took some time and wrote two articles recapping the events that took place. The articles are in the following magazines: The Whitetail Fanatic (August 2005 issue)& Texas Trophy Hunters (January 2006 issue).
Mr. Steve Grams from Lone Star Camera taped the video footage during the hunt. The hunt will be aired on Television sometime during 2006. I can't wait!
Ms. O'Donoghue and the U.S.S.A are all about lending a hand when it comes to helping fulfill certain people's dreams. This is an incredible organization to be a part of, and if you're interested, check out the U.S.S.A. website at www.childswish.org Thanks!
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Forty-Four Amazing Hunts are about to Happen! There will be 39 disabled and critically ill youngsters from around the country coming to Wisconsin. There will also be five more disabled kids hunting in their home state of Minnesota. They will have the opportunity to harvest a black bear thanks to hunters who donated their tags to these great kids. It is a wish come true for all of these special youth hunters. We are thankful for those who donated the tags, for the volunteers, for the guides and for the taxidermists who provide their time and resources. The P.C.C.W. of St. Joseph’s Parish and the JCI inmates who took care of the mass mailing. And to The Neumann’s Sportsmans Charity Hunt and The Larry Walters Memorial Scholarship Funded by Hartland/Lake Country Rotary Club who covered the cost of the nonresident licenses fees and motels. They make these bear hunts possible!!
Stay tune as we attempt to break our all-time record of 29 bear harvested in one season! God bless!
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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