Release Date: 05/06/2008

April kicked off a 12-week long partnership between Louisiana's Triple-A Baseball team, the New Orleans Zephyrs, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).  The Zephyrs season opener on April 3 launched the beginning of the promotion, which features a sweepstakes to win a boat and trailer, fun prizes and other game-time contests.

Funded by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), the promotion takes place during weekend games, running for twelve weeks and ending in June.  In addition to the grand prize boat give away, features include humorous fishing and boating videos, between-inning games, an ongoing "Fish or No Fish" game, and other prizes including a fishing trip with a pro and free giveaways.

"Our baseball players and all of our local fans have a natural love for boating and fishing, so this is the perfect partnership," said Kevin Maney, New Orleans Zephyrs media relation's manager.  "Who doesn't want to come watch great baseball, play some fun games, and possibly win a boat?" 

The promotion, which will be embraced by more than 30 states' Triple-A Baseball teams this summer, is an effort by RBFF to help increase participation in boating and fishing nationwide.

"Because last year's promotion was a huge success, the department and the Zephyrs decided to team up making it even bigger and better this year," said Ashley Wethey, LDWF marketing manager.  "With the strong tie between baseball and boating/fishing, we're thrilled to be working with the Zephyrs in bringing America's greatest pastimes together." 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the Zephyrs ticket line at 504-734-5155 or visit their Web site at

RBFF is a nonprofit organization established in 1998 to increase participation in recreational angling and boating.  RBFF helps people discover, share and protect the legacy of boating and fishing through national outreach programs including the Take Me Fishing campaign and Anglers' Legacy.

For more information, contact Ashley Wethey at 225-765-5113 or