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Partners expand access to the outdoors by donating Trackchairs to the FWC

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Media contact: Tammy Sapp, 850-228-1353

Anglers, hunters and other outdoor recreation enthusiasts with impairments will have greater access to the outdoors, thanks to a group of partners who have pledged to donate Action Trackchairs to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

The goal of the partnership is to provide up to 10 Trackchairs to the FWC and to honor Bass Pro Shops Founder/CEO Johnny Morris, and Darrell Gwynn, director of the Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. This initiative was spearheaded three years ago by the North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, which brought together funding partners that provided 10 Action Trackchairs to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the Missouri Department of Conservation. Morris and Gwynn played key roles in that effort.

The Trackchairs, which are off-road wheelchairs that allow users to navigate unpaved surfaces such as hiking trails, shooting ranges, lakes and beaches, will be made available through the FWC’s Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network.

“We’re so grateful for this donation by the past board members of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation and the doors it will open to those who want to enjoy the outdoors,” said Nick Wiley, executive director of the FWC. “The commitment to expanding outdoor access that’s been shown by Johnny, Darrell and the partners is outstanding. It means we can help remove barriers to outdoor recreation for those with limited mobility by making these Action Trackchairs available at FWC’s youth conservation centers and camps throughout the state.”

The FYCCN was created to provide kids and their families with opportunities to learn about conservation and experience activities such as fishing, hiking, boating and shooting sports. By enabling partners with training, conservation programming and equipment, the FYCCN is able to reach more youth, particularly those who might never have the opportunity to explore traditional outdoor activities. The FYCCN, which began five years ago, now has more than 300 partners across the state who introduce thousands of children to the outdoors each year. 

About The Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund:

Gwynn is the director of The Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. The Buoniconti Fund is the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center, which is located at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine.

In 1985, Barth A. Green, M.D., and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti helped found The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis after Buoniconti’s son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Today, The Miami Project is the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury (SCI) research center, and a designated Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Darrell Gwynn Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund will provide support for paralysis research and work to prevent spinal cord injuries through their education program.

About the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation

Since 1989, the CSF has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen's organization in the political arena. CSF's mission is to work with Congress, governors and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. The unique and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus and the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses, working closely with CSF, and with the support of major hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping organizations, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials who advance the interests of America's hunters and anglers.

North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, which is one of the 50 caucuses in the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses, supports 1.63 million hunters and anglers who spend $2.3 billion annually and fuel 35,088 jobs. Working with CSF in a coordinated effort to protect and promote hunting and fishing traditions in North Carolina are 12 members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, as well as the North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus. 



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