The Sportsman Channel and the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) are teaming up again to honor and recognize the contributions of Americans workers and sportsmen and women during the Labor Day Brotherhood Outdoors Marathon Salute to American Workers & Celebration of America’s Parks, sponsored by Bank of Labor.
This year, the marathon highlights the contributions American workers have made to our park system and how those parks desperately need help once again. Brotherhood Outdoors Co-hosts Daniel Lee Martin and Julie McQueen will provide viewers with interesting facts about America’s parks between eight back-to-back episodes of Brotherhood Outdoors airing from 1 to 5 p.m. ET. on Monday, September 2, exclusively on Sportsman Channel.
A collaboration between Sportsman Channel and the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, this one-of-a-kind marathon provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of hardworking, blue-collar union sportsmen and women. The marathon concludes with a NEW episode of Brotherhood Outdoors with journeyman plumber, David Zinke, joining Daniel Lee and Julie in Texas to hunt monster bucks in the height of the rut.
“Brotherhood Outdoors isn’t just a great hunting and fishing series but a true testament to the American spirit,” said Graig Hale, Sportsman Channel VP of business development. “When the USA introduced its Adopt-a-Park program to assist America’s parks as they struggle with severe budget cuts, we wanted to help by bringing more visibility to the program and showcasing how America’s workers continue to help preserve the park system that is part of our country’s heritage.”
Through the USA’s new Adopt-A-Park program, union members will volunteer their time and unique skills to renew, rebuild and restore America’s parks, whether by restoring a weathered visitor’s center, rebuilding the park ranger station or modernizing the facilities.
“There are more than 6,600 state parks in the U.S., one within 100 miles of every American, and they’re among the most affordable places for families to visit. In a nutshell – they remain the outdoor recreation retreats for the working person and his or her family,” said Joe Elton, president of America’s State Parks Foundation. “While those parks stimulate more than $23 billion in economic impact, they operate with less than $1 billion in taxpayer dollars annually and are continually faced with budget cuts. By celebrating the value of America’s parks, the Sportsman Channel and Union Sportsmen’s Alliance are bringing much needed attention to the need to support and preserve our parks for future generations.”
Episodes Airing on September 2 include:
1 p.m. Desert Dream Hunt for Deer and Javelina with a Firefighter (Michael McShane, IAFF Local 1312)
1:30 p.m. Illinois Bucks and Tennessee Gobblers with an Elevator Constructor (David Ragland, IUEC Local 93)
2 p.m. Florida Keys Deep Sea Fishing with a Retired Electrical Worker (Leroy Shull, IBEW Local 124)
2:30 p.m. Illinois Waterfowl Action with 4th Generation Laborers (Larry Lucco & Dustin Ramage, LIUNA Local 100)
3 p.m. Texas Trophy Elk with a Sheet Metal Worker (Mike Kraning, SMART Local 18)
3:30 p.m. First Time Turkey Hunt with a Cement Mason (Matt Gehris, OPCMIA Local 11)
4 p.m. Boca Grande Tarpon with Operating Engineers (Travis Simmons & James Dyer, IUOE Local 673)
4:30 p.m. (NEW!) Texas Bucks in Full Rut with a Journeyman Plumber (David Zinke, UA Local 15)
For more information about Brotherhood Outdoors and the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance visit www.BrotherhoodOutdoors.tv.
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