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The Ryan Newman Foundation Partners with BASS and Bass Pro Shops for its Annual Charity Fishing Tournament on Lake Norman
May 18, 2010

(STATESVILLE, NC - May 18, 2010) - The Ryan Newman Foundation has collaborated with BASS to be the sanctioning body for its annual charity fishing tournament being held on Saturday, December 11th on Lake Norman.  The sanctioning body is responsible for the weigh-in, emceeing the event, registration and boat inspection for the tournament.

Bass Pro Shops, a sponsor on Newman's No. 39 Sprint Cup car has joined the foundation as the presenting sponsor for the fishing tournament and donated a 2010 Nitro(r) boat for the grand prize winner.  Included in the day will be a big fish contest, raffles and a celebrity tournament with pro anglers, NASCAR drivers and country music stars.

"We are happy to have Bass Pro Shops and BASS on board for our tournament this year" said Ryan Newman.  "They share the same conservation goals and values as Krissie and I do.  Preserving our environment and improving the future for our youth is something we are passionate about.  Knowing they have the same vision makes their involvement with our foundation event a good fit.  It should be a good event and we hope that having these two great bass fishing organizations on board will draw a bigger crowd."

In less than three decades, Bass Pro Shops has grown from a small display in Springfield, Mo., into the nation's leading retailer of premium outdoor gear. Bass Pro Shops has established itself as a cutting-edge innovator in the highly competitive world of outdoor retailers. Now totaling 56 locations nationwide, Bass Pro Shops have become destination locations for over 100 million consumers each year with their unique combination of entertainment, outdoor education and conservation appreciation. Bass Pro Shops has won the prestigious "Trendsetter of the Year" award, as well as Chain Store Age's "Retailer of the Year" award and Sporting Goods Business' "Specialty Retailer of the Year" award. Bass Pro Shops and brand founder, Johnny Morris, also won "2008 Retail Innovator of the Year" from the National Retail Federation.

"We are proud to be a part of this event to raise money for Ryan's foundation and will ultimately benefit both conservation and youth," stated Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris.

Founded by Ray Scott, BASS and its considerable multimedia platforms have served as the authority on bass fishing for more than 40 years.  Through its industry-leading publications, including Bassmaster Magazine, and comprehensive Web properties and ESPN2 coverage, BASS provides rich content true to the outdoors lifestyle.  BASS also oversees the prestigious Bassmaster tournament trail, including the Bassmaster Classic, the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing.

"Ryan, like his foundation, is highly-respected and we are pleased to be associated with this event," said Tom Ricks, vice president and general manager, BASS.