NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bill Wilbur’s devotion to providing outdoor opportunities to individuals with mobility impairments and special needs earned him a national award from the National Wild Turkey Federation.
He accepted the Wheelin’ Sportsmen Volunteer of the Year award during the 42nd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show.
“It is an honor to be named the Wheelin’ Sportsmen Volunteer of the Year and to be recognized for what I have done, but the greatest reward is the gratitude of the disabled individuals whose lives I have touched,” Wilbur said.
The NWTF determines its award winners based on how their work strengthens the organization’s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.
From the local to the state level, Wilbur’s dedication to the Wheelin’ Sportsmen program is evident. Wilbur, of Mexico, New York, established New York’s Wheelin’ Sportsmen program, has served as the program coordinator since the beginning and has helped grow the program by getting new chapters involved and increasing the number of Wheelin’ events held each year. The Salmon River Strutters, where Wilbur serves as president, holds five to seven Wheelin’ events each year, many on Wilbur’s land.
“Bill’s dedication to the Wheelin’ program is easy to see,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “From coordinating hunts to inspiring other chapters to establish new events, he works tirelessly for the mission. Without Bill’s, and countless other volunteers’ devotion, many would not get to enjoy our great outdoors.”
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 the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit an historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to raise $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org.
For more information, contact Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698