The Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is pleased to announce it has received a Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative grant of $10,000 to support the continuing outdoor education of America’s youth and their families through the Trailblazer Adventure Program. The grant was awarded as part of Yamaha’s Outdoor Access Initiative, which promotes safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable riding areas.
The Trailblazer Adventure Program has introduced more than two million youth and their families to the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, trapping, recreational shooting, and now safe, responsible off-road vehicle riding.
“The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative supports the efforts of those who make it possible to create, build upon and improve access to public land for the enjoyment of all,” said Steve Nessl, marketing manager, ATV, SxS and Snowmobiles for Yamaha Motor Corp., USA. “We look forward to the expansion of the Sportsmen’s Alliance Trailblazer Adventure Program to include those who use off-highway vehicles to access land as part of their love of the outdoors.”
Since 2001, the Trailblazer Adventure Program has provided children safe training and the opportunity to use a bow, firearm and fishing rod in every state in the country. For more than 15 years, the Trailblazer Adventure Program provided support, training and education for outdoor activities through a myriad of channels, including private third-party agreements, such as with the Boy Scout of America and American Heritage Girls, via grants to large state expositions and individual organizations in coordination with the Weatherby Foundation and in conjunction with Cabela’s stores nationwide during their Family Adventure Day.
Recently, the Trailblazer Adventure Program has undergone a makeover, and has been restructured to provide partner organizations and the public more flexibility in serving their needs as the channels for recruitment and retention of sportsmen change. The program now incorporates multiple levels of education and engagement, from single-day seminars to multi-day hands-on skills competency to a complete program that takes participants from field to table.
“We are extremely honored to welcome a new industry partner to the Trailblazer Adventure Program,” said Frank Price, Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation director of education. “Yamaha’s generosity will provide endless opportunities for youth and their families nationwide to experience the outdoors in a safe and sustainable manner.”
As part of the new partnership and grant, Yamaha’s family of dealerships will be invited to participate in local Trailblazer Adventure Program events across the nation. Local dealers will showcase ATV products, create mini ATV safety courses and provide safety materials that will be distributed at events and at Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation hunter-education courses.
For more information about Yamaha’s Outdoor Access Initiative, please visit: http://www.yamahaoutdooraccess.com.
For more information about Sportsmen’s Alliance Trailblazer Adventure Program, please visit: http://www.sportsmensalliance.org/youth-programs/.
About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.