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Wheelin' Sportsmen.

The Wheelin' Sportsmen program was founded by Kirk Thomas after he became a paraplegic when a tree fell on him while he was deer hunting in 1992. He became involved with several disability advocacy groups, and already aware of the many challenges people with disabilities faced, one night in bed the idea struck him to start a program to help people enjoy the outdoors, regardless of their limitations.

In 1996, Thomas created a group he called Wheelin' Sportsmen of America, which would host thousands of people with disabilities at catfish round-ups and similar fishing programs where non-disabled volunteers assisted participants. He did the same with hunting, hosting Does For Does and the Ultimate Team-Up, which also paired the non-disabled with the disabled for an Alabama white-tailed deer hunt.

His actions caught the attention of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), and in late 2000, Wheelin' Sportsmen became an official program of the Federation and was christened the Wheelin' Sportsmen National Wild Turkey Federation. Whether it is shooting, hunting, fishing, or archery, there is no limit to the outdoor opportunities Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF brings to a person with a disability eager to get outside and participate in a more active lifestyle.

Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF provides all people with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors through local chapter events nationwide. The program also provides a full-color, quarterly magazine to its members. Wheelin' Sportsmen magazine is dedicated to the education and entertainment of outdoors enthusiasts with disabilities. For further information e-mail or call (803) 637-3106.
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Date:Sep 22, 2006
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