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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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.
Our primary mission is to positively affect the recreational and commercial deer industry as well as our national hunting and fishing heritage. We believe solid scientific conservation principles must be applied in order to preserve our wildlife resource for the next generation. As past history has confirmed; a joint effort of both the recreational and commercial deer industries will provide the best solution for tomorrow's generation of hunters. In addition, hunting, fishing, and farming of all kinds have suffered unprecedented attacks from animal activism. We are committed to silencing the shrill, uninformed voice of the animal extremist who stands in the way of our vision. Bio-Tec's mission is to promote, unite and facilitate that vision to the best of our abilities and resources!
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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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