BISMARCK, N.D. – June 12, 2013 – Scheels All Sports is investing in conservation in five of the states where its stores are located. The company has pledged a five-year major gift to Ducks Unlimited to conserve habitat in North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa.
“Ducks Unlimited and Scheels All Sports are natural partners in conservation,” said Scheels President Steve M. Scheel. “DU’s membership includes avid sportsmen and women who know that conservation goes hand in hand with hunting and fishing.”
Scheels All Sports has a long history of supporting conservation by providing products as fundraising tools at events for Ducks Unlimited and other organizations. The first installment of the current gift will go to conserve grasslands and wetlands in the heart of the waterfowl production region of North Dakota.In 1902, German immigrant Frederick A. Scheel started a small hardware and general merchandise store in Sabin, Minn., with a down payment of $300 Scheel earned from his first harvest on 3 acres of potatoes. Over the years, Scheels has changed its focus to sporting goods, becoming Scheels All Sports, with 24 stores across the northern plains, as well as new stores in Utah and Nevada.
Ron Stromstad, senior director of development for Ducks Unlimited, worked with Scheel on the gift arrangements. “In addition to being ardent conservationists, our membership also enjoys using the products Scheels provides,” Stromstad said. “It was an honor to help Scheels put this philanthropy in place.”
Scheels is known for store associates who are experts on all types of outdoor sports. The stores house a unique collection of men’s and ladies’ fashions, outdoor clothing and footwear; hunting, fishing and gun selections; and equipment for sports such as golf, softball and tennis.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/ducksunlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/ducksunlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/ducksunlimitedinc.
Becky Jones Mahlum