The Sportsman Channel Thursday announced it is joining a coalition of individuals and business leaders from environmental, outdoors, education and public health groups to support the “No Child Left Inside Act of 2008,” a bill that would create new funding for outdoor education programs in public schools.
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bill later this fall.
“This act hopes to re-introduce a new generation to the outdoors, outdoor activities and conservation,” network officials said in a statement. “Over the past decade, the education and participation of youth in the outdoors has declined significantly.”
“The Sportsman Channel is 100% committed to showing this generation the joys of the outdoors and outdoor activities,” Mark Kang, head of affiliate relations for The Sportsman Channel, said in a statement. “Experiencing and exploring the outdoors through activities like fishing is an important element of growth. Coalitions like ‘No Child Left Inside’ and our future education program will help with the overall goal of providing a healthier and happier generation and environment.”
The Sportsman Channel and its parent company, InterMedia Outdoors Inc., are developing a program that supports the education and participation of the outdoors among school-aged children. The program’s goal is to educate youth on the wonders of nature, outdoor activities and conservation, hoping to revitalize a new generation’s participation and protection of the outdoors. Details of the program will be released later this month.