Roy Bethge Becomes Executive Director of Below 100

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Please join us in welcoming Roy Bethge to his new role as Executive Director of Below 100, and a cause partner in the SOLE initiative.  Roy is a veteran police leader with more than 29 years of experience. He retired in May of 2017 as Deputy Chief of Operations for the Buffalo Grove Police Department in Northern Illinois, where his responsibilities included the Patrol and Investigations Division and he functioned as the department’s public information officer. He holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia College and has an extensive background as a trainer in the subject areas of leadership development, use of force, and adult learning. He is a subject matter expert for Louisiana State University’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training and a private consultant focusing on leader development. He is an advisory board member for International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) and member of the IACP Training Committee. He is a sought after speaker having presented before the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan State Police Leadership Forum, Empire State Traffic Conference and many more.

NWTF Auction Package Benefits Sportsmen Organized for Law Enforcement


S.O.L.E. was featured and benefited this week at The National Wild Turkey Federation Grand National Auction held on February 17, 2017 in Nashville, TN.  Cypress Roost Outfitters donated an Osceola turkey hunt for two, with travel expenses and licensing provided for by Mossy Oak.  With a winning bid of $7,500, Mike & Judy Luter of West Virginia won the package and the funds will be donated exclusively to S.O.L.E.

Judy’s father served in law enforcement, and as a family have continued to support law enforcement causes.  Thank you to the Luter’s for bidding on this hunt and doing a great service to the three charities benefited by S.O.L.E.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant Named Honorary Chairman of Sportsmen Organized for Law Enforcement


Governor Phil Bryant of the State of Mississippi has been named the Honorary Chairman of Sportsmen Organized for Law Enforcement (S.O.L.E.), an initiative spearheaded by Mossy Oak®.  In his role, Governor Bryant will advocate for S.O.L.E. and invite hunters and anglers nationwide to become involved in the movement.  The goal of Sportsmen Organized for Law Enforcement is to raise awareness and funds that will be divided equally among three existing 501(c)(3) organizations that already know where help is needed. Those organizations are Below 100, Spirit of Blue Foundation and Concerns for Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).

governor-phil-bryant-ms-hunting“As a former law enforcement officer, I am delighted to serve as honorary chairman of Sportsmen Organized for Law Enforcement,” said Governor Bryant.  “Our men and women who wear the badge safeguard our communities, often at great risk to themselves, and they deserve nothing less than our complete support. I am grateful to Mossy Oak and everyone involved in making S.O.L.E. a reality.”

Before starting his political career in the Mississippi State Legislature, Governor Bryant studied Criminal Justice and worked as a deputy county sheriff.  Governor Bryant then went on to serve as the State Auditor, Lt. Governor and then was elected Governor in 2012 and is currently serving his second term.  An avid outdoorsman himself, Governor Bryant has demonstrated his commitment and dedication to promoting and protecting the rights of hunters and anglers in the Magnolia State and currently serves as the co-chair of the national Governor’s Sportsmen Caucus.

Mossy Oak® Introduces Sportsmen Organized for Law Enforcement

As a show of support for America’s Law Enforcement Officers, Mossy Oak is proud to introduce S.O.L.E. – Sportsmen Organized for Law Enforcement.   The goal of Sportsmen Organized for Law Enforcement is to raise awareness and funds that will be divided equally among three existing 501(c)(3) organizations that already know where help is needed. Those organizations are Below 100, Spirit of Blue Foundation and Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).

Below 100’s mission is to reduce line-of-duty police deaths to fewer than 100 per year by eliminating preventable line-of-duty police deaths and serious injuries through compelling common-sense training designed to focus on areas under an officer’s control.

The Spirit of Blue Foundation focuses on enhancing officer safety through granting safety equipment to law enforcement agencies across the country that lack the necessary funding to properly outfit their officers.

C.O.P.S. provides support for families when a law enforcement officer is tragically killed in the line of duty.  C.O.P.S. provides financial benefits, services, emotional support for as long as the survivors and co-workers need it.  Unfortunately, the numbers of families needing services continues to grow each year.

“No group of people is more giving or grateful for those that serve for our safety than outdoors men and women. The outdoors industry has always stepped up to lead the charge in conservation and will no doubt get involved to help the great people of law enforcement and let them know that we support them and appreciate what they do every day,” said Toxey Haas, founder and CEO of Mossy Oak. “In the coming weeks and months, Haas Outdoors will put the marketing experience of Mossy Oak behind this effort. We hope to make S.O.L.E. as well known in the outdoors arena as possible. I predict the response from these great people and companies will be swift and generous.”

For more information on Sportsmen Organized for Law Enforcement and the charities to be benefitted, go to Donations for S.O.L.E. are made through CREATE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) community foundation established to aid in the collection of charitable funds.  For donation options go to