Spring Hill, TN —The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and Major League Fishing (MLF), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization and premier outdoor-entertainment brand, announced this week that they have entered a momentous collaboration to grow the sport of fishing across the United States.
The partnership was sealed on July 21 at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) tradeshow in Orlando, Florida, when the organizations signed an agreement that focuses on recruiting, retaining, and reactivating anglers throughout the country.
MLF and the USA, through the agreement, will seek opportunities for angler recruitment, retention, and reactivation utilizing each entity’s staff and vast reservoir of member volunteers to plan and execute local and state fishing events, MLF fishing events, and USA conservation projects and community-based outreach events.
“Major League Fishing’s partnership with the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance builds on MLF’s commitment to extending the life of the sport of bass fishing and providing fans, anglers, and youth with access to educational materials to help them become better stewards of our fisheries resources,” said MLF President and CEO Jim Wilburn. “As the sport’s premier tournament-fishing organization, we're proud to work alongside the USA in their support of angler recruitment and their Take Kids Fishing program.”
Major League Fishing, with its portfolio of professional and amateur bass fishing tournaments, social media networks, and popular television shows on several major networks reaches millions of fishing fanatics and outdoor enthusiasts each year. Through its strong volunteer workforce and support from its 17 affiliates and charter unions, the USA has completed nearly 300 volunteer projects and community outreach events since 2010. It’s youth-centered fishing program alone exposes thousands of school-age children in urban and rural communities to the sport of fishing each year.
“Introducing youth and their families to a life-long love and appreciation for angling and clean water has become a big part of how the USA delivers its mission,” said USA CEO and Executive Director Scott Vance. “This historic partnership with Major League Fishing will enable our Take Kids Fishing program and angling access infrastructure projects to grow faster than ever before.”
“Through its Work Boots on the Ground conservation program, the USA reaches into local communities—including urban areas—to create access and new outdoor opportunities, including fishing, to groups that may not otherwise get to enjoy those experiences,” said Forrest Parker, USA Director of Conservation and Communications. “Combining the USA’s workforce of union volunteers who share a passion for the outdoors with the resources of the MLF will propel both of our organization’s efforts to pass on the fishing heritage to a whole new level.”
Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA): The USA is a union-dedicated, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose members hunt, fish, shoot and volunteer their skills for conservation. The USA is uniting the union community through conservation to preserve North America’s outdoor heritage. For more information, visit www.unionsportsmen.org or connect on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Major League Fishing (MLF): MLF is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, the Discovery Channel, the Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, the World Fishing Network, the Sportsman Channel and on-demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with offices in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 13 countries. In 2019 MLF acquired FLW and rebranded it as MLF BIG5, which expanded its portfolio of catch, weigh and immediately release events to include the sport’s strongest five-biggest-fish format tournament circuits. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care.
Kate Nation | Union Sportsmen's Alliance
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Joe Opager | MLF Director of Communications
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