Media Advisory
Winners Announced in 2012 Nation's River Bass Tournament

May 24, 2012

Contacts:
Mari Lou Livingood
202-441-8493 (cell)
202-488-0627 X2222 (office)

John Dillow
202-488-0627 x224 (office)
410-952-6620 (cell)

What: 
On Friday, May 18, 2012, Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region, in partnership with the FLW Outdoors, Pepco, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service brought 300 underserved local students by the busloads to fish at the National Harbor for the 5th annual Nation’s River Bass Tournament. 20 boats left National Harbor at 7:00 a. m. to return for the weigh in at 11:00 a. m. Another 280 students participated in conservation, fishing and safe boating activities on the piers with over 20 partners and exhibitors.

Winners of the 2012 Nation’s River Bass Tournament Students: Mathew Waits (John Hanson Montessori in MD) and Brian Mollenkopf (Daniels Run Elementary School in VA) Sponsor: Ryan Robichaud, Pepco Angler: Rodney “Tank” Mosley, Walmart Weight: 4 lbs 9 oz

Forrest L. Wood was honored as the Honorary Chairman of the 2012 Nation’s River Bass Tournament and “Living Legend” award winner recognizing his long commitment and innovative leadership of fishing, boating and conservation. The award was given by the US Fish and Wildlife Service Assistant Director, Rowan Gould, National Marine Manufacturers Association’s Federal Legislative Director, Jim Currie and Living Classrooms. The organization's initials are taken from Forrest L. Wood, founder of Ranger Boats and developer of the Ranger fishing boat.

The Nation’s River Bass Tournament hosted urban students, federal natural resource agencies, corporate sponsors, local bass anglers and a dozen other public and private organizations on a perfect May morning to fish on the #2 river in the country for a morning of fishing and appreciating the resources of the Potomac River. Primary goals of the event are to teach them more about sustainable catch, conservation, and safe boating. The Nation’s River Bass Tournament offers students an opportunity to fish (most of the students for the first time) with volunteer bass anglers and employees of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Each student left the event with a rod and reel donated by Walmart so they can continue exploring their local environment and recreate in their local ponds, lakes and rivers. The donation will hope to inspire them to recreate after the bass tournament and is one of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” objectives to fight childhood obesity and connect youth to their natural resources.

Background: 
Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms. ”

Who we are: 
Living Classrooms Foundation is a non-profit educational organization, headquartered in Baltimore, MD, with a distinctive competency in experiential learning -- literally learning by direct experience, or what we call “learning by doing. ” With campuses in Baltimore City and Washington, DC, our programs touch the lives of children, youth, and young adults throughout the Baltimore-Washington corridor and Chesapeake Bay tributaries. Living Classrooms innovatively uses the urban, natural, and maritime resources unique to our area to provide meaningful learning experiences with academic and real-world implications. While based in this Mid-Atlantic region, Living Classrooms Foundation also serves as a national model for innovative experience-based education.

For more information, please visit www.livingclassroomsdc.org.


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