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NSSF, Wonders of Wildlife Celebrate 5 Years of NHF Day
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—This year marks the fifth anniversary of a special partnership to energize National Hunting and Fishing Day as much more than a day of prominence on the calendars of sportsmen and women nationwide. The idea was building year-round public recognition and pride in the conservation benefits provided by hunters and anglers.
By all accounts, the new NHF Day alliance worked—and the energy is still growing.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which founded the annual celebration 39 years ago, in 2005 forged the partnership with Wonders of Wildlife museum, a state-of-the-art educational facility that now serves as the official home of NHF Day.
Today, NSSF continues its leading role in NHF Day atop an impressive list of sponsors.
“We welcome NSSF back aboard as our first sponsor for 2010,” said Denise Wagner, who coordinates NHF Day outreach programs for Wonders of Wildlife. “We’ll be using their sponsorship to fund a variety of new efforts and campaigns to help the American public appreciate the conservation funding, economic impact and other benefits of hunting and fishing.”
Steve Sanetti, NSSF president, said, “Our five-year-old partnership with Wonders of Wildlife has breathed new life into National Hunting and Fishing Day, which in many ways is more important now than when it was started in 1972 as we encourage those who are diverted by indoor, sedentary activities to get out into nature and enjoy the many pleasures of hunting, fishing and shooting.”
This year’s NHF Day celebration is set for Saturday, Sept. 25.
The entire USA Shooting Team is serving as honorary chair for 2010, joining a long list of sports personalities who have served over the years. Baseball stars have included Ron Guidry, Tom Seaver, George Brett and Wade Boggs. Football pros Bert Jones, Terry Bradshaw, John Riggins and Jay Novacek, along with golfers Tom Weiskopf, Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer and Tom Lehman have also served. Basketball legend John Havlicek, NASCAR’s Ward Burton and tennis champion Roscoe Tanner round out the sports heroes who have helped spread the word about hunting, angling and conservation.
Since being formalized by Congress in 1972, NHF Day has been officially proclaimed by every U.S. President.
The growing list of sponsors for NHF Day 2010 includes Wonders of Wildlife, NSSF, Bass Pro Shops, Smith & Wesson, Sportsman Channel, Realtree, Cabela’s, GunBroker.com, Yamaha, and Pope and Young Club.