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Outdoor Nation Now Accepting Applications for Youth Paddle Programs

For Immediate Release

I Ling Thompson
Outdoor Industry Association
303.327.3531
ithompson@outdoorindustry.org
Ivan Levin
The Outdoor Foundation
540.818.5818
ilevin@outdoorfoundation.org

Boulder, Colorado — Jan 12, 2012

Paddle Nation Grant Applications Due February 15, 2012

The Outdoor Foundation® and Outdoor Nation has announced that it is accepting applications from individuals between the ages of 18 and 28, or 501c3 non-profit organizations, for Paddle Nation Project, a grant program that aims to connect young Americans with their waterways through recreational paddling.

Outdoor Nation is an initiative of The Outdoor Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization established by Outdoor Industry Association® to inspire and grow future generations of outdoor enthusiasts.

The grants are made possible by support and funding from the Outdoor Industry Association Paddle Advisory Council — a coalition of top paddlesports manufacturers, retailers, and stakeholders dedicated to advancing and growing participation in paddlesports.

Paddle Nation Project will award 10 grants of up to $2,500 each to youth-developed, pioneering projects and initiatives that will result in increased paddling participation. Outdoor Nation will select projects that reinforce the idea that recreational paddling is one of the most accessible and impactful ways to introduce young Americans to the outdoors. In addition to cash awards, Outdoor Nation will also provide technical support and guidance to grant recipients.

“We believe that sometimes the smallest awards make the largest differences, particularly among youth,” said Chris Fanning, executive director of The Outdoor Foundation. “With these paddle grants, we hope to empower an upcoming generation to engage with the outdoors through all types of paddling, such as stand up, whitewater, kayaking, canoeing, and more.”

Outdoor Nation is committed to increasing and expanding youth participation in outdoor recreation through entertainment, education, engagement, and action in order to cultivate a healthier, more active generation. During the past year, Outdoor Nation has awarded more than $250,000 to youth for projects that reconnect young people with nature.

Paddle grant applications are due February 15, 2012. The Outdoor Foundation will announce the winners on March 9, 2012. Projects must begin in winter/spring 2012 and be completed by July 1, 2012.

For more information about the paddle grants or to submit an application, visit outdoornation.org/grants.

Outdoor Industry Association
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Outdoor Industry Association is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry and the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer. OIA supports the growth and success of more than 4,000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives, and retailers of outdoor recreation apparel, footwear, equipment, and services. For more information go to outdoorindustry.org or call 303.444.3353.

The Outdoor Foundation
The Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. Through groundbreaking research, action-oriented outreach, and education programs, the Foundation works with partners to mobilize a major cultural shift that leads all Americans to the great outdoors. In 2010, the Foundation launched Outdoor Nation, a pioneering initiative that aims to empower youth to champion the outdoors on campuses and in communities across the United States. For more information visit: www.outdoorfoundation.org and www.outdoornation.org