Pro anglers honored with BoatU.S. award

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Professional anglers Gary Klein of Weatherford, Texas, and Tim Horton of Florence, Ala., received the BoatU.S. Foundation's Environmental Leadership Award for spearheading a waterway cleanup in advance of the 2008 Professional Anglers Association Corporate Cup on Pickwick Lake, Tenn.

The award, presented last weekend at the Bassmaster Classic, recognizes those who have made a significant impact advancing clean boating and educating boaters about how they can minimize their environmental impact.

"Role models like Gary and Tim, who make cleanup events a part of the professional bass circuit, can have an enormous impact," said Susan Shingledecker, director of environmental programs for the BoatU.S. Foundation, in a statement.

Two other groups - the Association of Marine Industries of Long Island, N.Y., and the Punta Gorda (Fla.) Boaters Alliance - were also recognized for their efforts in educating boaters about environmental issues.

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