NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For outstanding achievement in coordinating and hosting events for individuals with mobility impairments or special needs, four National Wild Turkey Federation chapters received national recognition.
Chapters accepted the Wheelin’ Sportsmen awards during the 41st annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville.
The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the organization’s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.
The Turkeyville Toms Chapter of Battle Creek, Michigan, earned the Best Partnership Award, which recognizes chapters that partnered with other entities, individuals, companies, agencies and other nongovernmental organizations to host a hunting heritage event for people with disabilities. For the past 10 years, the chapter’s Freedom Hunts have offered the experience the thrill of hunting wild turkeys to disabled military veterans. To date, the event has recruited or reactivated more than 300 individuals to outdoor sports.
The Miami Valley Gobblers Roost, South Central Ohio and Clinton County chapters each received the Best Inaugural Event Award for hosting an exceptional hunting heritage event. These Ohio chapters teamed up with local sponsors and partners to host an NWTF “Ability Hunt.” Recruited hunters, including several combat veterans, attended a turkey-calling clinic and experienced a two-day hunt in Ohio.
“Our volunteers who host Wheelin’ Sportsmen events across the country are empowering wounded veterans and individuals with mobility impairments and special needs the chance to experience things they otherwise may never get to do,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “The lasting memories created from these events are truly priceless.”
The NWTF Wheelin’ Sportsmen program provides all people with disabilities opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. NWTF chapters host Wheelin’ Sportsmen events across North America to help participants gain a sense of independence by learning to stay active in the outdoors on their own.
About Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, recruit and reactivate at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
For more information, contact Peter Muller at (803) 637-7698.