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.
Tracey Hewison - USSA Humanitarian Committee
I live in beautiful Calgary, Alberta, Canada, a short drive from the Rocky Mountains and great skiing! I have two gorgeous boys, Quinn (11) and Callum (almost 7) and my hubby Steve. I have been a stay at home Mom since my babies were born and love every minute of it. I used to train horses before I became a mother and I have my CEF Level 1 English Coach, as well as my Level 1 Special Olympics coach certifications. About four years ago, I read an article in the Rosie magazine about a US group named 'Hugs and Hope' and thought, 'That is something I would love to do!' Support children with life threatening illnesses....find ways to make them smile! In 2003, I decided that our own Canadian kids needed support and smiles too, and I founded my own group, 'Bears Who Care', which later changed to the current group, 'Hug A Bug'. This group and the wonderful children who are our club 'bugs' keeps me very busy.....the children are all such inspirations, real little heroes.
It is a pleasure to bring some small joy to their day. Many of the children that I support have 'Caringbridge' pages, and this is where I first saw Brigid offering one of her trips to another sick child. I emailed her to ask if she might be able to do something for my buddy Caleb, who lives in Tennessee. While Caleb was unable to go to the first event Brigid offered (he was still in the thick of treatment for his leukemia), she later set up a train ride, which he loved!! I was then asked by Brigid to be the 'Canadian' contact for USSA and what I do is try to find Canadian kids who would like to go on a hunting trip (I unfortunately have not had any success yet!) or fishing trip(I would have better success with this, I am sure!). I look forward to trying to help Brigid and the USSA do their great work in Canada, as well as in the USA! You are helping sick children realize dreams and make memories that will stay with them a lifetime.
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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.
If you would like to mail your donation download the Donor Form