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Zionsville NWTF Chapter Wins National Award for Educating Youth

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Volunteers with the Jerry Zimmerman Memorial Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation are dedicated to preserving North America's outdoor traditions by providing opportunities for youth to learn outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, shooting and more.

NWTF's Jerry Zimmerman Memorial Chapter from Zionsville, Pa., won the Best Xtreme JAKES Event Award at the 2010 NWTF national convention.

For doing an exceptional job of introducing young people to the great outdoors, the Jerry Zimmerman Memorial Chapter received the Best Xtreme JAKES Event Award during the Federation's 34th annual National Convention and Sport Show. The convention, sponsored by MidwayUSA, was held in Nashville, Feb. 18 to Feb. 21.

"I feel honored to be here accepting this award," said Kevin German, chairman of the JAKES event. "It's a tribute to the volunteers and instructors with our chapter back in Pennsylvania. Being able to take the award home and show it to the young people who participate in our event will be special."

Headquartered in Zionsville, Pa., the Jerry Zimmerman Memorial Chapter hosted an Xtreme JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) event that was one of the best out of more than 1,000 events hosted by NWTF chapters nationwide.

"Hunting, fishing, shooting and other outdoor activities are safe, enjoyable and educational for youth," said Mandy Harling, JAKES program coordinator. "The Jerry Zimmerman Memorial Chapter has taken the lead in their area for ensuring that young people understand how important conservation and being good stewards of land and wildlife are to our hunting heritage."

The NWTF's JAKES program is dedicated to teaching the principles of wildlife management and passing along the traditions of safe, ethical and responsible hunting to youth up to age 12.

The Xtreme JAKES program was developed for teens between the ages of 13 and 17. The program provides advanced outdoor opportunities and challenges more in line with older JAKES abilities and experiences.

Combined, JAKES and Xtreme JAKES events held throughout North America attracted more than 75,000 youth in 2009. The JAKES program is growing steadily, and earning a JAKES award has become increasingly competitive. Any local NWTF chapter that hosts a JAKES event can apply for the JAKES awards.

For more information about the JAKES program or the NWTF visit or call (800) THE-NWTF.
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