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FREE Total Outdoors-Kid Challenge April 17-18 at Bass Pro Shops

New York, NY?April 5, 2010?FIELD & STREAM, the world's leading outdoor magazine, and BASS PRO SHOPS, America's favorite outdoors store, today announced the dates for the 2010 FIELD & STREAM TOTAL OUTDOORSMAN CHALLENGE?PRESENTED BY MOBIL 1.  Now in its seventh year, the annual coast-to-coast competition to name the most competent sportsman in the land will kickoff with FREE qualifying events at Bass Pro Shops on April 17-18. This year kids are getting in on the fun, too, with their very own Total Outdoors-Kid Challenge with free activities, prizes and giveaways.

Widely celebrated as the country's premier competition for outdoorsmen, The 2010 Total Outdoorsman Challenge will host FREE local qualifiers at 48 participating Bass Pro Shops on Saturday, April 17, and Sunday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please visit www.totaloutdoorsmanchallenge.com for a complete list of participating stores. Thousands of sportsmen and -women across the country are expected to showcase their skills in baitcasting, air rifle and archery competitions. (Competitors must bring their own archery and baitcasting equipment.) Spectators and participants at the events will also be able to sign up to win great prizes, including Rocky Boots, given away at each store, and a trip for two to Big Cedar Lodge.

"If you love hunting, fishing and camping then you've likely been training for this event your entire life," says Anthony Licata, editor of Field & Stream. "Being a Total Outdoorsman means you approach every outdoor experience as an opportunity to grow your skills and have fun doing it, and that's exactly what this whole competition is about. It's a chance to celebrate the outdoors and earn big money and bragging rights all for doing what you love."

TOTAL OUTDOORS-KID CHALLENGE
Kids will be joining in the fun this year with the new "Total Outdoors-Kid Challenge."  A fun and free event taking place at Bass Pro Shops Saturday, April 17, and Sunday, April 18, from noon to 3 p.m. with prizes for all. The young outdoorsmen will be able to participate in fun, friendly challenges like bucket fishing, archery, life-jacket races and the sleeping bag roll-up.  They can also enjoy other free activities like drawstring bag coloring, knot-tying lessons, the Total Outdoors-Kid Activity booklet and prizes at the Prize Wheel?all while supplies last.

TOTAL OUTDOORSMAN CHALLENGE REGIONAL & NATIONAL EVENTS

Field & Stream editors will evaluate the local qualifier results to cull the top 200 participants to contend in one of four regional qualifying events taking place in June 2010.  Participants who place in the top three positions at the regional qualifiers will then advance to the final championship, where they will face off against the top three finishers from the 2009 Total Outdoorsman Challenge as well as one "wildcard" competitor selected from online submissions at www.totaloutdoorsmanchallenge.com. The Total Outdoorsman Challenge will culminate in an intensive, three-day, final championship event at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park in Missouri, September 9-11, 2010, pitting 16 of the nation's top outdoorsmen in head-to-head competition in seven outdoor skill challenges:  fly-fishing, bass fishing, rifle, shotgun, endurance, archery and ATV handling.

For the third year in a row, Field & Stream will host a regional event during the widely-attended, four-day CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn., June 10-13, 2010, the "crown jewel" of country music events.  Total Outdoorsman Challenge defending champion Tom Boatwright will show off his keen outdoor skills against a field of country music stars in a special celebrity edition of the competition on June 11 leading up to the regional qualifier slated for the following day.

The May issue of Field & Stream (on newsstands now) features "The Total Outdoorsmen Guide Book" with instruction from five of the nation's most successful hunting and fishing guides. Competitors looking for more information can check out Total Outdoorsman Challenge training tip videos at www.totaloutdoorsmanchallenge.com

There is no fee to enter the Field & Stream Total Outdoorsman Challenge Presented by Mobil 1 and each event is open to the public. Anyone is invited to cheer on sportsmen from all walks of life as they test their abilities across a wide range of outdoor disciplines.

The Field & Stream Total Outdoorsman Challenge Presented by Mobil 1, enjoys support from: Bass Pro Shops, Outdoor Channel, Yamaha, Toyota, Eukanuba, Rocky Boots, 505 Games, ThermaCELL, Diamond Archery, Smith & Wesson, Thompson Center Arms, Smith & Wesson Firearm Care Products, CMA Music Festival.

FIELD & STREAM TOTAL OUTDOORSMAN CHALLENGE SCHEDULE:

Local Qualifiers?April 17-18
(Listed in alphabetical order by city)

? Altoona, IA
? Arundel (Baltimore), MD 
? Atlanta, GA
? Auburn, NY
? Auburn Hills (Detroit), MI
? Bolingbrook, IL 
? Bossier City, LA
? Broken Arrow, OK
? Cincinnati, OH
? Clarksville, IN
? Columbia, MO
? Concord (Charlotte), NC
? Council Bluffs, IA
? Dania Beach (Ft. Lauderdale), FL
? Denham Springs, LA
? Denver, CO
? Fort Myers, FL
? Foxborough, MA
? Garland, TX
? Grapevine, TX
? Gurnee, IL
? Hampton, VA
? Hanover County (Richmond), VA
? Harrisburg, PA
? Independence, MO
? Katy, TX
? Las Vegas, NV
? Leeds, AL
? Macon, GA
? Manteca, CA
? Memphis, TN
? Mesa, AZ
? Myrtle Beach, SC
? Nashville, TN
? Oklahoma City, OK
? Olathe, KS 
? Orlando, FL
? Pearl, MS
? Pearland , TX
? Portage, IN
? Prattville, AL
? Rancho Cucamonga, CA
? Rossford, OH
? San Antonio, TX
? Savannah, GA
? Sevierville, TN
? Spanish Fort (Mobile), AL
? Springfield, MO


Regional Championships:
? Grapevine, TX - June 5
? Nashville, TN - June 12 at the CMA Music Festival
? Independence, MO - June 19
? Leeds, AL - June 26

National Championship:
? Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, Lampe, MO - September 9-11


Red Hawk Golf & Learning Center:

    The First Tee of the Quad Cities

    Registration for spring First Tee golf classes will begin April 1st.

    Click on events/calendar for class dates and times.

    Enroll by phone: Red Hawk Golf & Learning Center at (563) 386-0348

    Attn: Jim Hasley

 

WASHINGTON, D.C (Mar 20, 2010). - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) tonight issued the following statement on the University of Northern Iowa's upset win over the top seed and number 1 ranked University of Kansas in a 69-67 victory.

"Ruth and I could not be more proud of the UNI men's basketball team. This major victory in the second round of March Madness shows how skill and determination can win out. Tonight the Panthers pounced. Congratulations to each and every one of these student athletes and Coach Jacobson."

February 17, 2010 (Des Moines, Iowa) Iowa basketball film, Winning Favor, is set to premiere in Holland Plaza's new Digital Theater on February 19, 2010 in Orange CIty, Iowa, and will run through March 4. The film will then play at Sioux City's Promenade Theater March 12 through March 19.

Winning Favor is a family film based on the true story of neighborhood friends growing up playing basketball at rival high schools in Orange City, Iowa. In 2005, the two high schools, the MOC-FV Dutch and the Unity Christian Knights, simultaneously produced two state boys' basketball championship teams in class 3A and 2A. The film also features basketball teams throughout Northwest Iowa, including Bishop Heelan, Boyden Hull and Sioux Center.
Winning Favor stars Matt Ashford from NBC's Days of Our Lives and was directed by Jamey Durham, director of the award winning film, The Prairie Pirates. The film's premiere coincides with Holland Plaza Theater's installation of a state of the art digital projection system.

The film was produced by Orange City, Iowa residents Anita Bomgaars and Donna Durham. The story was based on Bomgaars' memoirs of the 2005 winning season.

"I had never witnessed a group of young men who had such a positive impact on so many lives. This is a story that tugged at my heart, compelling me to share it with others," Bomgaars said .

The film's trailer can be viewed at www.winningfavor.com, and show times can be seen at www.mainstreettheatres.com.
For more information or to schedule interviews with the film's director and producers contact Anita Bomgaars at 712-441-2889 or Donna Durham at 712-737-7332.
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The 12th Annual QC Ice Bowl, set to take place Saturday, Feb. 20 at Camden Park, Milan, again will benefit the River Bend Foodbank, Moline. The goal for this year's QC Ice Bowl is to collect at least 1000 pounds of food and raise at least $1000.

The Ice Bowl is for all those disc golfers gutsy, crazy, desperate or fun-loving enough to join together in an act of disc golf solidarity. Regardless of the weather conditions, the idea is to have fun, raise funds and food for a local food bank and dispel the gloom of winter. There are mandatory Ice Bowl Rules: No. 1 - Under no circumstances may an Ice Bowl be cancelled or postponed because of weather conditions. No. 2 - No wimps or whiners are allowed. No. 3 - There are no excuses for not attending ... Either be there or be a wimp! To learn more about Ice Bowls across the globe, visit Ice Bowl HQ

Registration for the Ice Bowl runs from 7:45 to 9 a.m. at the Lodge at the top of the sledding hill. Tee off is at 9:40 a.m., following a short player's meeting. Chili, beverages and snacks will be sold between rounds. The entry fee is $15 plus 5 canned goods. All players are welcome regardless of ability and the field will be split into three categories: Recreational, Intermediate and Open. Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each division.

All proceeds and canned good goods collected will go to River Bend Foodbank, Moline. River Bend Foodbank distributes to more than 300 charitable community organizations that support the hungry. The Foodbank's service area includes the Quad Cities and 22 counties in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. For more about the River Bend Foodbank, please visit www.riverbendfoodbank.org.

If you own or manage a business, a donation of goods or services to be raffled off not only helps our fundraising efforts, but it also goes along way to promote your business. Contact Brad Ellis at (309) 912-5041 if you're interested.

2010 Ice Bowl At-a-Glance

12th Annual QC Ice Bowl
Where Camden Park, Milan, Ill.
When Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010
Format 2 rounds of 18 holes
Payout Trophy only event
Cost $15 + 5 cans of food
Sign In 7:45-9 a.m.
Player's Meeting 9:30 a.m.
Round 1 Tee Off 9:40 a.m.
Lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Round 2 Tee Off 1:40 p.m.

Ice Bowl History

The first disc golf Ice Bowl was held in January of 1987 at Albert-Oakland Park in Columbia, Missouri. It was an attempt by Rick Rothstein, the Ice Bowl Instigator and current coordinator, to get some disc golfing activity going in the dead of winter. News releases were issued, and on the Saturday night before the Ice Bowl, it snowed five inches. The results were good as both 34 people and the media showed up. There was a picture in the sports section of the Monday edition of the Columbia Daily Tribune - disc golf in Columbia got some great publicity.

Since then, the Ice Bowl has continued to evolve, growing to an Ice Bowl weekend the next year, which led to an Ice Bowl Corridor of six weekends in 2001 to today's Ice Bowl Corridor of eight weekends in January and February. In 1996, charity was added as an important component of Ice Bowl.

Official Ice Bowls are played at courses all over the United States, and in Canada and Europe in a corridor that runs this year from Jan. 6-Feb. 25. Each event is encouraged to find a local charity to support. The fundraising goal for Ice Bowl 2010 is $250,000. It's our hope to have at least one official Ice Bowl in every state and province in Canada, and more countries in Europe. With some 30 events not reporting, Ice Bowl 2009's 190 events drew a total of 7,958 players, who raised $224,162 in cash and 55,599 pounds of food, primarily for local food banks and other charities. While a bit short of our lofty goal of $275,000, this is still a very impressive number, especially because of the lousy economy.

About Disc Golf

Disc golf is similar to golf (disc golfers often call it "ball" or "stick" golf) in procedure, pace and psychology. Instead of clubs and balls, disc golfers used golf discs (smaller, heavier, and aerodynamically superior to the Frisbees used for playing catch). Instead of a cup, disc golfers "hole out" in a disc golf basket or target. Made of steel, it features a basket that is attached to a pole about two feet above the ground and has two chain assemblies above the basket which acts as a backboard that stops the disc's forward motion, causing it to drop into the basket. Disc golfers play the throw from where it lies, and count each throw until the disc lands in the basket or within the chains. Disc golf is a lot of fun, quite challenging and relatively inexpensive to play.
MONTICELLO, IA - Camp Courageous will be hosting its First Annual Camp Courageous Sprint Triathlon on Sunday, August 1, 2010, 8:00 am.  All net proceeds will go to Camp Courageous.

The 500-yard swim will take place at Central Park Lake, near Amber in Jones County.  The 17-mile bike leg will be a point-to-point ride between Central Park and Camp Courageous.  The 5K run will cover both open roads and trails within Camp Courageous.

This event will be a part of the "Heart of America" triathlon series.  There will be a Pre-Event dinner at Camp Courageous on Saturday, July 31, 2010, 5:00-7:00 pm.

Camp Courageous is a year-round respite care and recreation facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities.  The camp is a not-for-profit corporation which operates on donations and serves over 5,000 campers annually.

Register online now at www.campcourageous.org or download an entry form. For more information, please call 319-465-5916, e-mail: info@campcourageous.org or visit the web site www.campcourageous.org.

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., February 1, 2010 - USTA Serves - Foundation for Academics.  Character.  Excellence., the philanthropic and charitable entity of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced today that under its "Aces for Kids" umbrella, it has awarded 24 year-end grants, for a total of $297,325.  Among the organizations honored was United Neighbors, Inc., in Davenport, Iowa, with a $20,000 grant.  The number of program grants awarded in 2009 was 37, for a total amount of $549,325.  Combined with scholarship awards, USTA Serves distributed nearly $1 million in 2009.

USTA Serves awards grants to programs that successfully combine tennis and education and help children pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens.

Aces for Kids is a national initiative of USTA Serves.  It strives to promote healthy lifestyles by combating childhood/adult obesity by providing disadvantaged, at-risk children the opportunity to learn to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format.  At Aces for Kids program sites, children between the ages of 5-18 learn about healthy nutrition and lifestyles, responsible citizenship, study skills, and computer literacy; interact with a mentor and other students; attend college preparatory sessions; and learn to play tennis in a team format.

Born from neighborhood action to revitalize Davenport's older neighborhoods, United Neighbors serves individuals and families in need through social and cultural interaction and educational experiences. It is neighborhood-controlled and assists primarily low-and moderate-income residents. Grant funds will support the organization's afterschool youth development program at Jefferson-Edison Elementary, as well as its expansion to two new sites: Wood Intermediate Pathway Program and Progressive Baptist Church.  Serving 250 children, United Neighbors youth programs empower youth to support and influence their community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self image, and respect their own and other's cultural identities.

"These programs are impacting the future of thousands of children, helping them to develop a healthy mentality and vital life skills that they will carry into adulthood," said Karen Martin-Eliezer, Chief Executive, USTA Serves. "We are grateful for the generous support of the many corporations and individual donors that empower USTA Serves to distribute these life-changing funds."

The 2009 year-end grants recipients:

1. Abundant Waters, New York, N.Y.

2. A's & Aces, New Orleans, La.

3. Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

4. CHAMPS Afterschool Enrichment Program, Erie, Pa.

5. City Parks Foundation, New York, N.Y.

6. Earthen Vessels Outreach, Pittsburgh, Pa.

7. Family and Children's Association, Mineola, N.Y.

8. Hamilton County Community Tennis Association, Indianapolis, Ind.

9. Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program, New York, N.Y.

10. Harper for Kids, San Francisco, Calif.

11. Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc., Orlando, Fla.

12. Houston Tennis Association Inc./NJTL, Houston, Texas

13. I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County, Boulder, Colo.

14. Indianola Main Street Association, Indianola, Miss.

15. Mentoring USA Inc., New York, N.Y.

16. Norwalk Grassroots Tennis, Inc., Norwalk, Conn.

17. Ossining Community Tennis Association Inc., Ossining, N.Y.

18. Project Lovematch Inc., Saddle River, N.J.

19. Sportsmen's Tennis Club Inc., Dorchester, Mass.

20. Tennis in the 'Hood Inc., Fayetteville, Ga.

21. The Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund, Inc., Langhorne, Pa.

22. United Neighbors, Inc., Davenport, Iowa

23. University of Akron, Dept. of Sport Science & Wellness, Akron, Ohio

24. University of Hawaii's Ace to Success, Honolulu, Hawaii

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USTA Serves

Established in 1994, USTA Serves supports, monitors and promotes programs that enhance the lives of disadvantaged children through the integration of tennis and education.  USTA Serves actively supports individual students from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds through college scholarships and player incentive awards and encourages children to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens.  Additionally, the Foundation supports community tennis programs across the country that provide positive role models, academic assistance, life skills, and tennis instruction to help prevent violence, substance abuse and school dropouts.  USTA Serves is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds on the USTA's social conscience of addressing important health issues, diversity issues, and general well-being in the United States using tennis as the catalyst and change agent.

USTA

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game.  A not-for-profit organization with 740,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., is a minority owner and promotional partner of World TeamTennis, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and through tennis, helps underserved youth and people with disabilities to improve academics, build character and strive for excellence. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.

Iowa native and Super Bowl Champion Dallas Clark will return to Iowa in April to receive the Ray Pillar of Character Award.  Character Counts In Iowa annually presents the Ray Award to an Iowan who has demonstrated a commitment to being a person of good character.

"Dallas has been an extraordinary model of good character.  He has been an outstanding representative of our state throughout his football career." said Character Counts In Iowa Chairman, former Gov. Robert D. Ray.  Past award recipients include Norman Borlaug, Hayden Fry, Shawn Johnson and former Governor Robert D. Ray, for whom the award was named.

After playing for the University of Iowa, Clark was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2003.  In 1997 he helped the Colts win Super Bowl XLI.  He was recently named to the 2009 Pro Bowl team and will be playing in Super Bowl XLIV on February 7.

Dallas will be presented with the Ray Award at Hy-Vee's All Star Evening to benefit Character Counts In Iowa on April 16, 2010.  Event chairpersons are Randy Edeker (President, Hy-Vee) and his wife, Dawn Edeker and Suku Radia (President & CEO, Bankers Trust) and his wife, Dr. Mary Radia.  Gary Palmer (President & CEO, Prairie Meadows) and his wife, Ginger Palmer will serve as chairpersons of the event reception.

To learn more about An All-Star Evening or Character Counts In Iowa, visit CharacterCountsInIowa.org.

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is developing plans to stock Flathead catfish and channel catfish in the Rock River later this year as part of a continuing effort to speed the recovery of the river's fishery in the aftermath of a June 2009 fish kill.

Tens of thousands of sport fish were lost in the Rock River fish kill event first reported on June 20-21, 2009. At that time, dead fish were discovered in the Rock River in an area from two miles north of Grand Detour to 50 miles downstream at Prophetstown.

The IDNR stocked the river with smallmouth bass and northern pike last Summer and channel catfish last fall in the aftermath of the fish kill.

"At a recent meeting of area anglers, we again heard loud and clear how important the Rock River fishery is to them and to all of those who enjoy fishing from throughout the region," said Dan Sallee, regional administrator for the IDNR Division of Fisheries. "The Rock River fishery is very important to the local anglers and to the communities along the river. Although the fishery is expected to fully recover, the public would like to see all possible efforts made to speed this recovery."

IDNR fisheries biologists this Spring plan to collect and relocate up to 100 pairs of Flathead catfish into areas of the Rock River that were affected by the fish kill. At the same time, IDNR personnel will relocate pre-spawn channel catfish to the same area of the Rock River, and further supplement the channel catfish population by stocking small fish from state hatcheries.

"Individual female Flathead catfish may lay 100,000 eggs or more. If only one in 1,000 of these eggs survives and thrives, this stocking level would result in an increase of up to 10,000 Flathead catfish in the population," Sallee said. "This number of spawning pairs should speed the recovery of the fish kill zone. The channel catfish stocking will also be beneficial."

Anglers with questions about the Rock River fishery can contact IDNR District Fisheries Biologist Ken Clodfelter at 815-454-2759.

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On January 30th at 10:00 a.m., the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center will host a snowshoe tracking program. Join Mike Granger, Wapsi River Center naturalist, as he takes participants on a stroll through the Wapsi woods. While making tracks of their own, via snowshoes, participants will have the opportunity to search for animal tracks and other signs of animal activity in this Winter wonderland. Pre-registration is required by calling (563) 328-3286. BYOM - bring your own mug!

The Wapsi River Environmental Education Center can be found 6 miles south of Wheatland or 1 mile northwest of Dixon, Iowa, by taking County Road Y4E. Then turn north at 52nd Avenue and follow the signs for about 1 mile.

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