From Muzzy Products Corp.
Ray Howell, founder of Kicking Bear Foundation, will receive Muzzy's 2008 Tall Man Award at the 2009 Archery Trade Association (ATA) Show held this January in Indianapolis, Ind.
-- Each year, Muzzy Products Corporation bestows its prestigious Tall Man Award to someone who stands tall among his or her peers by contributing to the community and going above and beyond to promote and protect the future of archery and bowhunting.
Muzzy will proudly present the 2008 Tall Man Award to Ray Howell, founder of Kicking Bear Foundation, at the 2009 ATA Show in Indianapolis, Ind., Friday, Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. in the Muzzy booth.
The Kicking Bear Foundation holds free bowhunts, camp outs and archery shoots for disadvantaged youth throughout 16 states, and has enriched the lives of thousands of young people through mentoring programs that give them hope for their future.
"I am very humbled that Muzzy, a leader in the outdoor industry, would recognize the Kicking Bear Program for its efforts to reach today's youth," Howell said.
"Receiving the Tall Man Award is an avenue the Lord has blessed me with to let others know that there are kids out there who need our help."
Now one of the most respected and admired people in the industry, Howell was once a troubled kid himself. As a child in the foster care system, Howell often found himself in jail for truancy, but thanks to a counselor who took him hunting and became his mentor, Howell turned his life around.
As an adult, he founded a successful welding business and immersed himself into the world of bowhunting. As one of the most successful bowhunters in the industry, Howell has written numerous magazine articles, produced videos and appeared in outdoor-related TV shows. He even got within six species of the Super Slam, but put his quest on hold in order to pursue his true passion for helping others.
With a gracious heart for all of God's blessings, Howell decided to give back by helping youth who found themselves in situations similar to that of his own childhood.
In appreciation for all of Howell's contributions to the world of archery, Muzzy congratulates him on being selected as the 2008 Tall Man Award recipient.
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