White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever and the conservation community lost a great friend when NFL Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant died Saturday. Grant, a lifelong hunter, angler, and conservationist, was 95.
“We are deeply saddened to learn the passing of Bud Grant. His leadership to engage youth will always be part of Wildlife Forever”, said Pat Conzemius, President & CEO.
The legendary Minnesota Vikings head coach advocated youth conservation programs and getting kids outdoors to hunt and fish. He helped launch Wildlife Forever’s international Fish Art Contest for students.
“Bud Grant was a true conservationist and wanted kids to enjoy and care for the outdoors like he did,” said former Wildlife Forever CEO Doug Grann who worked with Grant to start the highly successful Fish Art Contest for kids in 1999. “What impressed me most was his concern for kids and conservation. 25 years later Bud has left behind another legacy of conservation as today thousands of students around the globe learn to paint and draw fish art,” Grann added.
Grant’s passion for the youth conservation education art program was evident to all. He did personal appearances at Mall of America, Cabela’s, and Minneapolis grade schools and spoke to outdoors industry leaders to garner support for the Fish Art Program.
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