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.
Clay Dyer - Fishing Topics & Issues, USSA Advisory Council
It wasn't long after attending a U.S.S.A. fishing trip and being a guide for disabled and terminal children that Clay [Clayton] Andrew Dyer joined United Special Sportsmen Alliance.
Clay is a 28 year old Professional Bass Tournament Angler and his career has offered him many opportunities throughout the USA . He started fishing at a very young age and it wasn't long before he realized what his passion was.
He was born into a Christian family and brought up where religion was a strong priority. He said that "Jesus Christ," is his best friend and number one sponsor. Clayton's Christian beliefs have allowed him to share his life experience by becoming a public speaker and donating his time taking a special child fishing.
Clay finds angling to be helping so many of these special children communicate and find joy outside of their grief. Clayton stated, "Taking a special child fishing can be one of the most rewarding experiences an adult can have with a child." He also stated that within the sport of fishing it doesn't matter if you're sick or not, "anyone can fish!"
With years of dedication to the sport Clay has gained confidence and insight into obstacles along the way. His future goal is to broaden his devotion to helping the needy and share his personal story with them. He added, "I am really looking forward to seeing all the wonderful things that we at U.S.S.A. can do together to bring joy to those in need."
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Winterfest Event – January 17, 2015
USSA will be holding its annual FREE Winterfest event near Black River Falls, WI. There will be ice fishing, sled riding, arts & crafts, and other activities available. Food, drinks, and fishing supplies will be provided too. Anglers and mentors will be there to assist families in all activities. In order to attend, you must register prior to January 12th.
A very special thank you for the sponsors, anglers, and Saddle Mound Cranberry Marsh who make this event possible each year.
Group Turkey Hunts - 2015
In March 2015, John LeMaster’s Memorial and USSA will be holding its annual group turkey hunt for six youth with special needs in Jones, AL. In April, Rock River NWTF chapter and USSA will be holding its annual turkey hunt near Oregon, IL for ten special youth. Shadows on the Wolf Clintonville Chapter and USSA will be holding its annual group turkey hunt for ten special kids near Caroline, WI. USSA’s Junction City Chapter will be holding their turkey hunt April 10-12, 2015 for eight special vets and 17 children and adults with special needs. In May, Cedar River Longbeards will be sponsoring their turkey hunt in Stewartville, MN. Please check back to see the brochures for the turkey hunts 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.