SANDS is a partnership with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Sportsmen Assisting the Nation's Disabled Sportsmen

The SANDS Organization

The SANDS Organization

The 2013 SANDS Year End Fishing Event

This year SANDS held its Year End fishing event at Halleck Park Lake. The event had one of the largest turn outs in some time. The event was an open fishing event, so whoever caught the largest fish won the prize. This time first place went to Alvin, who caught a real nice pan size catfish. I want to say thank you to Cheryl, Sue, Christine and Ron for all the help they gave me with putting the fishing events together, and making sure that everything went off without a hitch. I couldn't have done it without them.

The October Year End Fishing Event- at Halleck Park Lake.

Cheryl getting everything ready to catch the Big One!

And the Winner Is- Alvin, who received a new rod & reel prize.

At the end of the day, we all got together for a photo and good-bye.

A second group photo of everyone at the end of the day.

For catching the big fish of the event, Alvin received a new rod & reel. At the SANDS events, we try to make it more than show up fish for awhile and leave. We over a variety of food and ice water, along with the time to meet and talk with others who are in SANDS.

With everything that was going on, we still managed to filled the event with fishing, food and fun.

I strongly encourage everyone in the Omaha/Lincoln/Council Bluffs area to come out to the events. It is a great way to get out of the house, do some fishing and have some fun. You will be able to find out more about the next upcoming derby on the SANDS home page or in the events link. I look forward to seeing you there.

SANDS is a grassroots program made available through each State's Game and Parks Commission or DNR.

The SANDS program was created to help men, women and children with disabilities by providing a means for them to meet able-bodied outdoors men and women who volunteer their time and abilities. By lending a helping hand they are able to assist the disabled to get back something they might have lost or never had.

The number one goal of SANDS is to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to get out and enjoy all the outdoor activities that each state has to offer.

SANDS helps make available a wide range of opportunities to enjoy, whether it's hunting, fishing, boating, camping or even astronomy.

The SANDS program works by providing a web site where individuals with a disability can read up on new events coming up and how to go about signing up for each event that they are interested in.

How the SANDS program works - through the exchange of contact information such as a phone number or email people connect with one another to plan their event. By simply printing off a copy of the names of sportsmen requesting assistance or sportsmen offering assistance from the SANDS web site you create your own contact list of names.

There is no one planning your event for you, or telling you who you have to take. It is all voluntary and up to the individuals themselves. Mentors can volunteer time and knowledge and help turn dreams into realities.

Helping out is easy! By providing minimal support for the person you help break down any barriers that might have been. This may include carrying equipment, bait a hook, track down and recover harvested animals or just make sure a person in a wheelchair doesn't get stuck in a rut or hole. The possibilities are as endless as they are creative.

SANDS is more than an outdoor mentoring program. It is a brand new means in which to meet new people with common interests in outdoor settings. The SANDS program enables those who require a little help to join with those who are willing to help so that both may enjoy common interests outdoors.

To join is simple. Just click on the "Sign Up For SANDS" link then click on the "Click here to register for SANDS" link at the top or bottom of the page. Then just follow the instructions

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