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Press Release

Fishing in the Alabama Classroom

April 11, 2003

Grants up to $5,000 are available to teach fishing or boating to physical education classes.  Grants are available to both public and private school due to the combined efforts of several national groups.  The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries has been loaning rods and reels to schools wanting their students to learn how to cast and fish.  The national effort will be grant money to buy equipment, improve facilities or to go on fishing trips.

The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), Future Fisherman Foundation (FFF), the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) desire to bring fishing/boating education into the physical education classrooms of K-12 schools.  The benefit is students learn healthy activities that they can enjoy for a lifetime.  Successes in this pilot effort may show other schools the benefits of teaching fishing/boating during physical education classes.

The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries has been helping schools have casting as part of their physical education by loaning the classes spincast fishing rods and reels. The new national partnership will allow schools to purchase fishing/boating equipment, improve fishing/boating facilities, or take students on field trips. More information and grant applications are available from www.futurefisherman.org/ or call Portia Moore, Future Fisherman Foundation, at 703-519-9691 extension 224. For more information about Alabama PE teachers borrowing rods and reels, contact Doug Darr at 1-334-242-3471.

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