Tubbs Snowshoes selected The Alaska Native Cultural Charter School (ANCCS) and Sacramento Inner City Outings as winners of the Tubbs “Get Outdoors!” Contest. These programs will each be awarded 30 pairs of snowshoes as well as the Tubbs’ Winter Fit for Kids programming which encourages school age children to participate in the outdoors all winter.

Established in 2012, Tubbs’ “Get Outdoors!” contest invited schools and non-profits nationwide to participate in an opportunity to win snowshoes and Tubbs educational programming for their entire group or class. The two organizations that were selected each submitted essays describing why their program would be the best recipient of the snowshoes and education

“Both the ANCCS and Sacramento Inner City Outings had the perfect combination of engaging, funny, and heartfelt submissions for why their program should win,” states Kelsey Boyce, Marketing Coordinator for Tubbs. “We hope that our snowshoes can provide the opportunity to interact with nature that many of these children haven’t had the chance to previously.”

Sacramento Inner City Outings is a volunteer-run community outreach program that provides opportunities for urban youth to explore, enjoy and protect the natural world. Based in Sacramento, Calif., the organization takes children, who wouldn’t otherwise have many chances to experience the outdoors, on fun and education outings where they can be active and enjoy nature.

“Most of these kids live within view of the mountains, but have never explored them before,” said, Valerie Eviner, Sacramento Inner City Outings. “The majority of these children haven’t been exposed to the natural world; our outings allow participants to have fun and be kids for the day, leaving their worries behind for a few hours,” she said.

Alaska Native Cultural Charter School (ANCCS) is a K-8 public Title I school (90 percent from low-income families) in Anchorage, Alaska. Over 80 percent of the ANCC students are of Alaska Native heritage, Dena’ina.

“Our academic program is enhanced with Alaska Native culture for students to gain cultural knowledge, identity, and pride, said Andrew Rosamalia, physical education teacher, ANCCS.” Tangluk (snowshoes) have been a part of the traditional culture in Alaska for centuries-yet most of our urban students have never been on snowshoes,” he said.