Founded in the 1950’s by Harry Tennison, Charlie Stephens, Paul Leonard, Jr., and Mickey Schmid, the Sportsmen's Club of Fort Worth is a long-standing, all volunteer, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that devotes its resources to outdoor and wildlife charitable and educational activities with an emphasis on serving area youth and youth organizations. The purpose of the Club is to (a) encourage conservation of wildlife and good sportsmanship and safety in hunting, fishing and related activities, and (b) encourage and develop in youth an appreciation and enjoyment of wildlife and the outdoors, including supporting youth involvement in hunting, fishing, wildlife conservation and related activities.
Currently, the Club’s primary fund raising activity is our annual “Game Dinner” (over 1000 people attended the Club’s 2012 dinner), with an emphasis on “father/child” attendance, consistent with the youth educational goals of the Club. At the dinner, numerous donated hunting, fishing and other outdoor-related trips, together with hunting, fishing and outdoor equipment, are raffled off or sold by both silent and live auction. Attendees at the Club's dinner typically include Club “members,” their children and guests, area game wardens, and some of the commercial sponsors and donors of the hunting, fishing and outdoor trips to be auctioned at the dinner. The Club has historically enjoyed considerable success with its dinner and fund-raising activities, which the Club attributes to the commitment of its members, volunteers and donors to the goals of the Club and their continuing generosity and support.