Room & “Board” Contest: World Class Surfer Lakey Peterson to Play Weekend Host, Provide Autographed CI Surfboard to Support Student Conservation Association

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Giveaway to coincide with 2012 Nike US Open of Surfing, July 28-August 5.

Protecting our planet is so important. Everyone needs to get on board and for those my age, the best place to start is with SCA.

Seventeen-year-old pro surfer Lakey Peterson will soon welcome 750,000 people to her home state of California for the US Open of Surfing. And soon thereafter, she’ll welcome two lucky fans to her own home to support the stewardship and sustainability efforts of the Student Conservation Association (SCA).

Lakey and SCA, partners for the past two years, today announced the Lakey-SCA “Room & ‘Board’ Contest.” The grand prize is a weekend for two at the Peterson’s Santa Barbara guest-house, including round trip airfare, surfing lessons from Lakey, and an autographed Channel Islands surfboard. The grand goal, says Lakey, is to highlight the impact of young SCA volunteers who protect national parks, seashores, and urban communities across America.

“I’ve worked with SCA volunteers restoring parklands. It’s fun, rewarding, and makes a real difference,” says Lakey. “Protecting our planet is so important. Everyone needs to get on board and for those my age, the best place to start is with SCA.”

When not competing, Lakey will help SCA volunteers rid Huntington Beach of thousands of pounds of litter over the week-long surfing, music, and lifestyle event.

To enter the Lakey-SCA “Room and ‘Board’ Contest,” logon at http://www.thesca.org/lakey and complete a short entry form. The contest is open until 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 13th. The winner will be announced on Thursday, August 16th. Lodging and lesson are contingent upon availability. SCA will also be giving away autographed Lakey gear each day of the US Open. To enter, text “surf” to 25827.

Currently celebrating 55 years of service to the nation’s public lands, SCA has engaged 70,000 young people in conservation internships and jobs since 1957, resulting in more than 30 million hours of habitat restoration, scientific research, environmental education, and other benefits. While protecting America’s public lands and advancing sustainable communities, SCA members gain important job skills and career experience. Two-thirds of SCA alumni remain active in conservation; the National Park Service, for example, estimates that more than 12% of its workforce started their careers with SCA.

All SCA service positions are tuition-free and most are expense-paid and available throughout the year and in all 50 states. For further information, visit http://www.thesca.org.

About the Student Conservation Association
The Student Conservation Association helps tomorrow's conservation leaders take action for the planet by providing high school and college students with hands-on conservation experiences in all 50 states, from urban communities to national parks and forests. Since 1957, SCA has developed new generations of conservation leaders, provided America's youth with green job training and skill building, restored community green spaces, preserved our trails and recreation resources, and engaged millions of Americans in conservation service and outdoor education. SCA is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC with offices in Boise, ID, Charlestown, NH, Chicago, IL, Oakland, CA, Pittsburgh, PA, and Seattle, WA.

Media Contact
Kevin Hamilton
Student Conservation Association
603.543.1700, x1185
(m) 603.372.7068
khamilton(at)thesca(dot)org

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