About USSA

About United Special Sportsman Alliance

United Special Sportsman Alliance, Inc. (USSA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit “dream wish” granting charity, that specializes in sending critically ill and disabled youth and disabled veterans on the FREE 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 have 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 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 USSA read on.

Prologue: A “Square Deal”

“In utilizing and conserving the natural resources of the nation, the one characteristic more essential than others is foresight. The conservation of our natural resources and proper use constitute the fundamental problem which underlies almost every other problem of our national life” – Teddy Roosevelt address to National Editorial Association, Jamestown, VA. June 10, 1907

As the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt made conservation an important issue of his administration. He created four Big Game Refuges, five National Parks, the National Forest Service, and fifty-one National Bird Reservations. Roosevelt was a staunch advocate for the protection and management of our nation’s wild game, for the preservation of wildlands, open spaces, and the proper, sustainable use of the nation’s natural resources. The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation League bears his name today. President Roosevelt believed America’s natural resources to be a critical source of American society’s character and wealth. Roosevelt believed conservationism in itself to be an essential democratic movement, necessary to maintain and to strengthen our democratic country. President Roosevelt touted the merits of a “Square Deal” for every American. In a speech to the New York State Fair on September 7, 1903, President Roosevelt said: “Let the watchwords of all our people be the old familiar watchwords of honesty, decency, fair-dealing, and common sense.”… “We must treat each man on his worth and merits as a man. We must see that each is given a square deal because he is entitled to no more and should receive no less. “The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us.” At USSA, President Roosevelt’s belief in a Square Deal and dedication to conservation live on, and are as valid today as when they were spoken!

I. Introduction: Meet our charity

The United Special Sportsman Alliance, Inc. (USSA) is a 501(c)(3) not for profit “dream-wish” granting charity that specializes in sending children and veterans with life-threatening illnesses and disabilities on the outdoor adventure of their dreams! News announcements in the medical community are full of unexplained, miraculous remissions and recoveries of patients that remain upbeat and hopeful in their battle with a disease. Science continues to marvel at the unexplained “healing” phenomena we call the power of prayer. A “holistic approach”, where a patient’s “mind and outlook” is treated as well as their disease, is gaining acceptance nationwide. USSA adventures give patients something to look forward to and help sustain them in their time of need! Families have whisked away from the mundane, man-made world of hospitals, and medical bills by giving them a place of peace to focus on the quality of life and family ties. We hope to help empower all Americans to pursue their lifelong dream of an outdoor adventure.

USSA is composed of a 100% volunteer staff from all walks of life, bonded together by a common love for our fellow mankind and deep respect and appreciation of our world’s natural resources. By working cooperatively with caring donors like landowners, preserve owners, ranchers, outfitters, fishing lodges, boat owners, and campground owners, USSA is able to coordinate a true-life adventure for everyone. Generous corporate and individual sponsors (through membership) help pay the associated expenses incurred by the recipient while attending the dream-wish adventure. Together this strong team structure has allowed USSA to grant over 14,800 dream adventures in 44 states to these special people since September 2000, and the number keeps growing rapidly each year.

On behalf of USSA, I would like to thank you for your interest in our charity and would encourage you to further enjoy your visit to the official USSA web site.

God bless!
Brigid O’Donoghue
COB, CEO, and Founder, USSA

Any successful organization needs a document that sets out the fundamental laws and code of conduct the organization will strictly adhere to. The United States Constitution is one of the most important national documents and guarantees a level of equal justice for all that is unprecedented in the history of mankind. By reading our USSA constitution, you will get a detailed look into our charities operating philosophy and be assured of the character of those involved in the day to day operations.

I. We believe in the God-given, dignity, inherent value, and equality of all mankind.

  1. All humans regardless of gender, race, religion, age, creed, or physical, mental, economic, and emotional conditions; were created and remain equal throughout their lifetime. Any discrimination whatsoever will not be tolerated.
  2. Every recipient, family, sponsor, donor, or associated will be treated with the utmost care and respect in accordance with the principles of love, respect, and generosity set down in our Christianity belief system.
  3. We believe in mankind’s God-given dominion over the world’s animals. Humans have both a right and responsibly to use and care for the world’s natural resources.

II. We acknowledge our world’s natural resources as a priceless and irreplaceable gift to the entire world’s people.

  1. Conservation and sound management of both our renewable and non-renewable natural resources is of utmost importance for the wellbeing and survival of the human race.
  2. Our fish, game, and forest resources respond positively to scientifically valid management principles.

III. We believe there is a great appreciation of our natural world etched in each of our hearts and an unquenchable desire to experience it personally.

  1. All people regardless of the challenges they may face in life should have the opportunity to experience our nation’s outdoor heritage.

IV. We acknowledge the indisputable positive role of hunting, fishing, and firearm ownership in our nation’s history.

  1. We support ALL constituently guaranteed rights and liberties and stand firmly behind our second amendment rights.
  2. We recognize the important role our fish and game resource has in feeding our nation’s people.
  3. We encourage all states to pass a state constitutional amendment guaranteeing the citizens the right to hunt and fish.

V. We believe a family is a unit created and blessed by God. We affirm the importance of the family as an American institution. Strong, positive family values are essential for the long-term survival of our nation.