United Special Sportsman Alliance, Inc. (USSA) is an all volunteer 501(c)(3)non-profit 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 the charity please view 'About USSA' page.
Shaina Reed - USSA Youth Outdoor Leaders
My name is Shaina Reed. I am 16 years old. I'm a freshman at Cherokee High School in Rogersville, Tn. I live on a farm in Whitesburg, Tn. I have a cow and a calf. I want to learn how to ride a horse and wish to own one someday. I enjoy reading adventure books and going for walks. I am also a cancer survivor.
When I was 9 years old, I was playing basketball and cheerleading. At the time, I was experiencing leg pain on and off. My parents thought I pulled a muscle. They treated me with heat and ice and it seemed to help, but the pain would always come back.
Then one Saturday, I had a game and cheerleading afterwards. They decided to take me to the E.R. to get checked as a precaution. The doctors took X-rays and found a mass in the left femur. In December of 1999, I went to St. Jude Hospital in Memphis and was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. I was able to come home after 9 days at the hospital and my chemotherapy treatments started the day after Christmas.
In one year during treatments, I was hospitalized 20 times, had 30 blood and platelet transfusions, and had major surgery on my leg. The doctors removed about 75% of the bone in my leg and replaced it with prosthesis. I went from 77 pounds down to 55 pounds and lost all my hair. I thought losing my hair would bother me but it didn't. I didn't like wigs and sometimes wore hats. I thought no hair was cool.
Every time I grew, the doctors could lengthen the prosthesis without surgery. I had this done but had complications every time. I was the third person to receive this type of prosthesis in the country, and it was not approved through the FDA at the time. It was made in Paris.
Because no one had this before, the doctors did not know what to do for me. They ended up doing surgery and putting another one in since I was almost done growing. That was April of 2005. I had been in physical therapy for over five years. Every time I made progress and it was time to lengthen my prosthesis, I would be back in a wheelchair or on crutches.
I will go to camp Horizon this summer. It will be my sixth year attending. I can do almost anything I want to, and what I can't do, I enjoy watching. At camp, I make friends every year and remain in touch with some. Some day I would like to be a counselor at camp.
Since I've been sick, I've gotten involved in several activities and organizations. Although I cannot ride a bike, I still participate each year in the St. Jude bike-a-thon by riding a go-cart, dune buggy, or 4-wheeler. Each year, I am interviewed on the air of our local radio station WRGS for the St. Jude radio.
In the 5th grade, I did my science fair project on my cancer and won grand prize. Since then, I have used it to educate people at Relay for Life meetings and my physical therapist.
I am on the Relay for Life planning committee as Jr Co-chair for the second year. I also participate every year and I'm on the team of our local newspaper-Rogersville Review. I was interviewed by St. Jude and parts of my interview were selected to be used on the Country Cares CD that went out to 200 radio stations across the country to kick off the radiothons in 2005.
I also got over 50 people to sign up and donate blood at a safety meeting sponsored by Home Depot by sharing my story at a booth at the entrance at the store.
I have practically a normal life after cancer. I still don't have full use of my leg, but I don't let it stop me from doing things.
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Group Turkey Hunts - 2015
With spring fast approaching, it is time to sign up for one of USSA’s 2015 group turkey hunting events. March 20-22nd, the John Le Master’s Memorial and USSA will be holding its annual group turkey hunt for six youth with special needs near Jones, Alabama. In addition, the Shadows on the Wolf and USSA will be holding its annual group turkey hunt for ten special kids near Caroline, WI on March 27-29th. Rock River NWTF chapter and USSA will be holding its annual turkey hunt near Oregon, IL for ten special youth on April 3-5th. USSA’s Junction City Chapter will be holding their annual turkey hunt April 10-12th for eight veterans and seventeen kids and adults with special needs. Finally, the Cedar River Longbeards will be sponsoring their annual USSA turkey hunt in Stewartville, MN on May 8-10. These events all have limited enrollment, so don’t delay, sign up now! For more detailed information, please view the individual event brochures under 'Upcoming Events.' We’ll see you there!
Group Fishing Event - 2015
As the spring turkey hunts winds down; USSA fishing events kick into gear. On April 30th USSA will hold a 2 child event at Glasgow, KY. Up next, we will host a 25 family fishing trip on Guntersville, AL. USSA will then hold its annual Lake Michigan Salmon fishing event on June 12th for 18 families in Algoma, and 12 families in Port Washington on June 20th. The following week we are pleased to announce USSA will hold its inaugural New York Fishing Event for up to 15 families! Finally USSA will host its 12th annual ‘Summerfest’ event from July 16th to the 19th for up to 150 families. These events are also limited enrolment, so don’t delay and sign up as soon as possible, and mark your calendars! View the brochures under 'Upcoming Events.'
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
American Outdoor Adventure
American Outdoor Adventure is an e-magazine written solely by recipients, mentors, donors, volunteers, and staff about their participation in USSA events. Within these short stories, the writer shares their personal ‘Outdoor Adventure’ with people around the world while encouraging them to live their outdoor dream. Please feel free to submit your story and pictures by mail or email for the upcoming issue in March 2015.
Memory Lane Scrapbook
Memory Lane Scrapbook is an online Scrapbook where anyone involved with USSA can capture their special moment, and share with people around the world. You are cordially invited to submit your articles, photographs, poems, awards, and so forth for publishing by email or writing to USSA. It is truly heartwarming to remember and share the great memories we had on our journey of life.