This spring, more than 30 Triple-A and Minor League Baseball teams are working with the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundationâ€™s (RBFF) Take Me Fishing campaign and BASS/ESPN Outdoors to promote Americaâ€™s favorite pastimes â€“ baseball, boating and fishing. The 12-week partnership, which kicked off last weekend and runs through August 2, 2009, features a sweepstakes to win a Walt Disney World Fishing Excursion, fun prizes and other game-time contests.
â€œWeâ€™re bringing boating and fishing to the ballpark once again this year with contests, giveaways and a fantastic new grand prize,â€ said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. â€œBaseball, boating and fishing are time-honored, family traditions and weâ€™re delighted to be working with Triple-A Baseball and BASS to encourage more people to get out on the water.â€
At home games this season, fans can enter the Take Me Fishing sweepstakes at registration kiosks in the ballpark or by filling out an entry form distributed by ushers. One lucky grand-prize winner, to be selected from a pool of entries collected by all participating teams, will receive a trip for four to Orlando, Fla., including two guided bass fishing trips on the Walt Disney World Resort lakes and Walt Disney World Park passes.
â€œBASS is pleased to offer a Walt Disney World Fishing Excursion to one lucky winner,â€ said RBFF Board Member and BASS Senior Director for Sales and Sponsorship Michael Cassidy. â€œWe are committed to growing the sport and see this partnership with Take Me Fishing and Triple-A Baseball as a homerun for everyone.â€
In addition to the grand prize sweepstakes, participants will also have the opportunity to win the first place prize, a local fishing trip with team players and coaches. Additional prizes will be given to people participating in the â€œFish or No Fishâ€ between-innings game. RBFF will offer all sweepstakes entrants the opportunity to receive a free â€œHow to Get Started in Boatingâ€ DVD from Discover Boating.
RBFF hopes the promotion will inspire baseball fans across the country to get out on the water and to visit TakeMeFishing.org to help plan their trip. More information about the Take Me Fishing Triple-A Baseball promotion, including the Official Sweepstakes Rules and a full list of participating teams, is available on TakeMeFishing.org.
RBFF is a nonprofit organization established in 1998 to increase participation in recreational angling and boating. RBFF helps people discover, share and protect the legacy of boating and fishing through national outreach programs including the Take Me Fishingâ„¢ campaign and Anglersâ€™ Legacyâ„¢.