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Greenwood, S.C., volunteers receive NWTF national award for youth event

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Volunteers from the NWTF’s Neil “Gobbler” Cost Chapter received national acclaim for their role in nurturing youth interest and education about the outdoors and an active lifestyle through the NWTF’s JAKES outreach program.

The Greenwood, S.C.-based chapter was honored with the 2011 JAKES Best Event Award for chapters with 76-150 members Feb. 10 at the NWTF’s National Convention and Sport Show at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

The award was presented at the NWTF’s Federal Breakfast, bearing the theme: “Champions of Outreach.” More than 1,000 JAKES events were held throughout the nation by NWTF volunteers.

Volunteers from the Neil “Gobbler” Cost Chapter hosted the winning event at the nature trail at Fujifilm’s North American manufacturing headquarters in Greenwood. Youth shot air guns, practiced archery, planted food plots and learned about archeology at hands-on learning stations.

The NWTF’s JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) program teaches the principles of wildlife management and the traditions of safe, ethical and responsible hunting for youth up to age 12.

At JAKES events, youth learn about the outdoors, participating in activities such as hunting and fishing while learning about wildlife and the importance of conservation.

“The Neil “Gobbler” Cost Chapter provided a shining example of how JAKES events teach our youth about the outdoors and conservation in a fun-filled, safe environment,” JAKES program coordinator Mandy Harling said.

The NWTF’s Xtreme JAKES program provides advanced outdoor opportunities and challenges for ages 13-17. More than 75,000 youth attended JAKES and Xtreme JAKES events in 2011. Any local chapter that holds a JAKES event can apply for 10 highly competitive JAKES national awards.

Founded in 1973, the NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage.

Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have achieved a great success in restoring wild turkey populations throughout the United States, spending more than $372 million to conserve 17 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.

To become a member of the JAKES or Xtreme JAKES program, or to volunteer in the JAKES program, visit To learn more about the NWTF, call (800) THE-NWTF, visit or go to

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