Friday, April 29, 2011
Berkley To Reward College Competitors Too
Last week, Berkley delivered the news that it would once again bestow its Outstanding Conservation Awards for the best B.A.S.S. Federation Nation conservation and angler-recruitment and retention projects.
The news gets better, because this week Berkley announced it will make additional awards to competitors in the 2011 BoatU.S. Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship and Pepsi Collegiate Bass Fishing Open.
Competitors in each will have the opportunity to win prizes for presenting their fishing-conservation ideas, and the top prize-winning angler will be featured on several nationally televised fishing programs.
The Berkley Conservation Institute (BCI) will award the top two anglers whose presentations are submitted by June 20th, 2011. Winners will be determined by a panel of judges.
Anglers are encouraged to be creative with their presentations (video or PowerPoint, for example). In addition to the quality of the presentation, the judges will consider how well the anglers perform, as well as how they carry themselves and promote fishing during the championship event.
The awards presentation will take place immediately following the final-day weigh-in.
The awards are as follows:
1st place: Guest appearance featured on BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship, Cabela's Fisherman's Handbook and Americana Outdoors television programs where the winner will go fishing while discussing his or her thoughts about conservation and college bass fishing. Includes airfare to San Antonio, Texas, plus lodging, meals and fishing license for the trip.
2nd place: $500
3rd place: $500 in Berkley tackle (MSRP)
Entries should be submitted no later than June 20th, 2011 to:
BCI Collegiate Award
5717 NW Parkway #104
San Antonio, TX 78249
Berkley senior marketing manager Andrew Marks noted: "Berkley has partnered with the BoatU.S. Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship for 4 years and it's become one of the programs that I'm most proud of. This award requires the collegiate anglers to utilize all their talents including creativity, skills developed as a result of their college education, business acumen and ability to handle on-camera interviews, plus their overall fishing skills."
The Berkley Conservation Institute was developed to support conservation and angler-recruitment efforts. BCI cooperates with fishing groups, conservation organizations, customers and other industry partners to protect our fishable waters. Berkley also collaborates to enhance populations of important sportfish and introduce the next generation to the delight of angling while teaching them to lead the fight for conservation.
Tournament director Wade Middleton said: "This is a very prestigious contest presented by Berkley and it's great of them to provide this opportunity. In addition, I'm personally excited to host the winner on the water to hear their thoughts about conservation and allow them to share them with anglers nationwide on the several television programs supporting this prize package."