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.
Rebecca Wyatt - USSA Humanitarian Committee
My name is Rebecca Wyatt. I was born in California, and moved to Washington State when I was six years old with my sister and mother. I am no stranger to childhood illness and hardship. I spent nine years in therapy to correct a speech issue that made growing up difficult.
I am a wife, and mother to three beautiful children. My oldest is a girl, Kimmy, and two boys, Johnny and Alex. Both boys have seen a multitude of doctors in their young lives. After many years of testing to find a diagnosis, the doctors have been unable to name the genetic syndrome which affects them. Without an official diagnosis, it is hard to tell what the future might hold, the only thing we can do, is treat the symptoms, while being on the lookout for new symptoms. None of this lessens the impact on the children and their families. Not having an official diagnosis has also made it hard, almost impossible, to find services, or support. Some people find it difficult to believe, in this day and age, that there are still medical conditions that doctors are unable to give a name to. There is a large group of undiagnosed children who find that getting support is nearly impossible. A lot of these families feel the same as I do, alone.
Last year, I received an email from Brigid O'Donoghue. At first I thought it was spam, but I read it, and decided she must've sent it to me by accident. Because I knew nobody wanted my kids. I was so used to hearing no, that without an official diagnosis, the kids did not qualify for any services or support. So, I called Brigid to let her know she had misdirected the email so she could resend it to the real person. Brigid assured me that she did indeed mean to send us the email. She had learned about the boys' web-site through another person, and that she would love for me and all three of my kids to go fishing. I still had my doubts, and kept the trip quiet until all the paperwork was finished. True to her word, Brigid accepted the boys with open arms. She did not care that they were undiagnosed; she understood that the years of doctors, tests, therapy, and many illnesses had taken its toll on the children, and the whole family.
In August 2005, we went fishing with Brigid, Captain Marc Turner, and his crew. That trip was so wonderful, just what everyone, including myself, really needed. The kids had so much fun, just being kids. Everyone made them feel truly cared about. It was a weekend to forget about doctors, tests, medicines, and worrying about whatever the future holds. It was a weekend to be a normal family and have fun without the shadow of uncertainty.
Since then, Brigid has been very supportive of me and my family. Being asked to join the USSA Humanitarian Committee is a great honor.
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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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