United Special Sportsman Alliance, Inc. (USSA) is an all volunteer 501(c)(3)non-profit 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 the charity please view 'About USSA' page.
Amanda Gervais - USSA Humanitarian Committee
I'm one lucky person to have a fantastic Husband of 14 years and 3 great kids! One of whom has battled and won the fight against Rhabdomyo Sarcoma Cancer 9 years ago. It was a grueling thing for our little family to deal with but we did and are better people now because of it. I used to think that having a job and being successful was what my mission in life should be. Then I became a wife/mother and realized that my priorities needed to change. And Boy did it ever! Hunter was an amazing little boy before and since he was sick. One of the most loving kids you will ever meet. He came into this crazy world after 16 hours of labor. A healthy baby boy. A first for my family since I only have sisters. Hunter was loved by many right away. He was such a great little guy. Never sick, never caused trouble and was always so funny. In 2001 a lump showed up on my baby that we couldn't explain. I took him to the doctor and was told that they just wanted to monitor it for a while and not to worry it could turn out to be nothing but if I wanted it off to let them know. I just couldn't shake the feeling that there was more to it. So about 3 days later I decided that I wasn't satisfied with that and wanted it removed. I talked to the doctor's office that referred me to a surgeon, that day. I picked Hunter up from daycare and took him to the Surgeon and was told that he could definitely take that off that Friday. It was so quick that I didn't really have time to stress about it. I didn't understand what the surgeon was trying to tell me at the time but later on did. He knew when he saw it that it was a cancerous lump. It took about 7 days for the results to come back that in fact it was cancer and what kind. We weren't able to have it treated in our own town or state for that matter so we were sent to Salt Lake City, UT Primary Children's Medical Center. They treated us with respect but, at the hospital it seemed like we were just the parents of that (number) cancer kid. Since the hospital specializes in cancer we knew we were in good hands but nothing special about us just being from another state. I was completely lost. I prayed all the way down to SL that Hunter's condition was treatable and that eventually he would be cancer free. Hunter was given 42 weeks of chemotherapy and 20 days of radiation. For the radiation we would need to have done in Utah at the University of Utah Medical Center. I was shocked that I would basically have to move there for what started out as 4 weeks but ended up being 7 due to skin issues with Hunter. Hunter had to be sedated every morning for the 20 second treatments. It was very difficult for him. After what was the longest 7 1/2 Weeks of my life we got to go home. We have been back and forth a lot but main been at home from then on. In our town we were all recognized and treated great by all who dealt with us. There was a benefit for Hunter that just amazed me and lots of people stepped forward to help us. I felt very fortunate and have always wanted to give back for how great we were treated. I really wanted to be a part of something that made a difference to other kids like Hunter. When he heard about USSA from his social worker we jumped on it because it was something he was very interested in. Hunter was given a fabulous wish this last hunting season where he shot a 6X7 Mule Deer at The Gardner Ranch in a little town called Broadus, MT. So many people came forward to help make this trip such a success that I just knew I had to be a part of that organization. So here I am getting involved along side of my (almost 13 year old) Hunter who is the Junior Board Member for Montana.
I am fortunate enough to have a fabulous Husband who works hard so that I can stay home with the kids until they are in school. I work part time for a fantastic photographer and just for fun I breed AKC English Bulldogs. I am a people friendly person and am always willing to give of my time to others when I am able. I have been told that I have a kind of "magnetic" personality and have never had trouble making friends. When I am passionate about something I run with it. I am so very honored and excited to do anything I can for the United Special Sportsman Alliance (USSA) so please feel free to contact me any time. I'm always looking for kids who are in need of a wish like USSA offers and would welcome any and all new friends. Thank you! : )
"I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions".
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Group Turkey Hunts - 2015
With spring fast approaching, it is time to sign up for one of USSA’s 2015 group turkey hunting events. March 20-22nd, the John Le Master’s Memorial and USSA will be holding its annual group turkey hunt for six youth with special needs near Jones, Alabama. In addition, the Shadows on the Wolf and USSA will be holding its annual group turkey hunt for ten special kids near Caroline, WI on March 27-29th. Rock River NWTF chapter and USSA will be holding its annual turkey hunt near Oregon, IL for ten special youth on April 3-5th. USSA’s Junction City Chapter will be holding their annual turkey hunt April 10-12th for eight veterans and seventeen kids and adults with special needs. Finally, the Cedar River Longbeards will be sponsoring their annual USSA turkey hunt in Stewartville, MN on May 8-10. These events all have limited enrollment, so don’t delay, sign up now! For more detailed information, please view the individual event brochures under 'Upcoming Events.' We’ll see you there!
Group Fishing Event - 2015
As the spring turkey hunts winds down; USSA fishing events kick into gear. On April 30th USSA will hold a 2 child event at Glasgow, KY. Up next, we will host a 25 family fishing trip on Guntersville, AL. USSA will then hold its annual Lake Michigan Salmon fishing event on June 12th for 18 families in Algoma, and 12 families in Port Washington on June 20th. The following week we are pleased to announce USSA will hold its inaugural New York Fishing Event for up to 15 families! Finally USSA will host its 12th annual ‘Summerfest’ event from July 16th to the 19th for up to 150 families. These events are also limited enrolment, so don’t delay and sign up as soon as possible, and mark your calendars! View the brochures under 'Upcoming Events.'
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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American Outdoor Adventure
American Outdoor Adventure is an e-magazine written solely by recipients, mentors, donors, volunteers, and staff about their participation in USSA events. Within these short stories, the writer shares their personal ‘Outdoor Adventure’ with people around the world while encouraging them to live their outdoor dream. Please feel free to submit your story and pictures by mail or email for the upcoming issue in March 2015.
Memory Lane Scrapbook
Memory Lane Scrapbook is an online Scrapbook where anyone involved with USSA can capture their special moment, and share with people around the world. You are cordially invited to submit your articles, photographs, poems, awards, and so forth for publishing by email or writing to USSA. It is truly heartwarming to remember and share the great memories we had on our journey of life.