Katie, Jerry, Lisa, Joan,
Gator 13' 2"
2004, On the Kissimmee River.
immediate release: Feb. 19, 2016
Media contact: Tammy Sapp, 850-228-1353
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expand access to the outdoors by donating Trackchairs to the FWC
Anglers, hunters and other outdoor recreation enthusiasts with
impairments will have greater access to the outdoors, thanks to a group
of partners who have pledged to donate Action Trackchairs to the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
The goal of the partnership is to provide up to 10 Trackchairs
to the FWC and to honor Bass Pro Shops Founder/CEO Johnny Morris, and
Darrell Gwynn, director of the Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter of
The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. This initiative was spearheaded
three years ago by the North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus,
which brought together funding partners that provided 10 Action
Trackchairs to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the
Missouri Department of Conservation. Morris and Gwynn played key roles
in that effort.
The Trackchairs, which are off-road wheelchairs that
allow users to navigate unpaved surfaces such as hiking trails, shooting
ranges, lakes and beaches, will be made available through the FWC’s
Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network.
“We’re so grateful for this donation by the past board members of the
Darrell Gwynn Foundation and the doors it will open to those who want to
enjoy the outdoors,” said Nick Wiley, executive director of the FWC.
“The commitment to expanding outdoor access that’s been shown by Johnny,
Darrell and the partners is outstanding. It means we can help remove
barriers to outdoor recreation for those with limited mobility by making
these Action Trackchairs available at FWC’s youth conservation centers
and camps throughout the state.”
FYCCN was created to provide kids and their families with opportunities
to learn about conservation and experience activities such as fishing,
hiking, boating and shooting sports. By enabling partners with training,
conservation programming and equipment, the FYCCN is able to reach more
youth, particularly those who might never have the opportunity to
explore traditional outdoor activities. The FYCCN, which began five
years ago, now has more than 300 partners across the state who introduce
thousands of children to the outdoors each year.
About The Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund:
Gwynn is the director of The Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter of
The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. The Buoniconti Fund is the
fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the world’s most
comprehensive spinal cord injury research center, which is located at
the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine.
1985, Barth A. Green, M.D., and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick
Buoniconti helped found The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis after
Buoniconti’s son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college
football game. Today, The Miami Project is the world’s most
comprehensive spinal cord injury (SCI) research center, and a designated
Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of
Medicine. The Darrell Gwynn Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund will provide
support for paralysis research and work to prevent spinal cord injuries
through their education program. For more information, go to
About the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation
Since 1989, the CSF has maintained a singleness of purpose that has
guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted
sportsmen's organization in the political arena. CSF's mission is to
work with Congress, governors and state legislatures to protect and
advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. The unique
and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, the
Governors Sportsmen's Caucus and the National Assembly of Sportsmen's
Caucuses, working closely with CSF, and with the support of major
hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping organizations,
serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials
who advance the interests of America's hunters and anglers.
North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, which is one of the 50
caucuses in the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses, supports 1.63
million hunters and anglers who spend $2.3 billion annually and fuel
35,088 jobs. Working with CSF in a coordinated effort to protect and
promote hunting and fishing traditions in North Carolina are 12 members
of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, as well as the North Carolina
Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus. See more at: www.sportsmenslink.org/state/nc#sthash.burreCyq.dpuf
as the old saying goes, “all good things must come to an end.”
Therefore, we are no longer accepting applications for our Wheelchair
Donation Program and can no longer accept any donations. Darrell is
joining The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at The Miami Project to
Cure Paralysis. Many of our programs and efforts will continue there
under the Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter.
more information, please visit