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December 03, 2010

Water Sentinels Team Up to Get More Kids Fishing

Watersentinels The Sierra Club Water Sentinels just announced a fantastic new partnership aimed at getting more military families outdoors and fishing.

In recognition of America's veterans and those who currently serve in the military, the Water Setinels teamed up with Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation's (RBFF) "Take Me Fishing" campaign, the National Military Fish & Wildlife Association, and rod and reel manufacturer Zebco to distribute more than 500 rods and reels for use by families on military installations in the U.S.

"We're very excited by this partnership," said Sierra Club Water Sentinels Director Scott Dye. "Together, we're making a difference in the lives of youth by engaging them in outdoor activities and efforts to clean up and protect America's water resources."

Studies have clearly demonstrated that involving children in outdoor recreation improves school performance, reduces stress, enhances self-esteem, improves interpersonal relationships and has a positive impact on overall health. Fishing is one of the outdoor activities shown to contribute to these benefits. The rods & reels provided by this program will help introduce youth to the out-door experience.

"Supporting this program was a very natural decision for us," said Zebco President Jeff Pontius. "By providing the repurposed rods and reels to military families, we not only have the opportunity to show support for our troops, but also engage new anglers in the sport of fishing."

The rods and reels provided by this program will extend the opportunity for outdoors experiences to the nation's military youth, who may otherwise face barriers such as overseas deployment of parents.

"Our research shows that fishing is recognized as the top 'gateway' activity to other outdoor interests," said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson.  "We're hoping these fishing experiences will have a positive impact on families when given the opportunity to get out and enjoy one of America's favorite pastimes together."

Anyone interested in requesting these free rods and reels for kids and families at their military site should contact Tim Guilfoile of the Water Sentinels.

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