YMCA of the USA, the resource office for the nation's Ys, received a $250,000 grant from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation to provide underserved communities with opportunities to participate in and receive the health benefits of boating and fishing.
Twenty Ys around the country will receive a $10,000 grant to provide financial assistance to underserved communities to participate in outdoor recreation and conservation programs.
"We are thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the Y to introduce more youth and their families to the fun and excitement of boating and fishing, as well as the importance and responsibility of preserving our nation's natural resources," RBFF president and CEO Frank Peterson said in a statement. "We want to inspire youth to get active and develop leadership qualities to ultimately protect the legacy and future of our nation's waterways, and the Y has the scope and reach to help us make that happen."
Each year, Ys nationwide engage more than 1.5 million children and families in outdoor recreation and education programs.