Eddie Bridges has worked tirelessly as an advocate for wildlife conservation and outdoor sports. A 1957 graduate of Elon, where he played football and ran track, Bridges made Greensboro his home in the late 1950s where he owned and operated Carolina Athletic Supply for over 25 years. In 1975, Bridges designed the world’s first camouflage chest waders for Converse Rubber Company. Bridges served on the State Wildlife Resources Commission from 1977-89, rewriting the state gaming laws among other accomplishments. Bridges proposed and founded the Wildlife Endowment Fund, which sells lifetime hunting and fishing licenses. He founded and currently serves as Executive Director of the N.C. Habitat Foundation, which acquires and preserves open spaces for wildlife. The contributions of Bridges to the wildlife and conservation community have earned him numerous national and state awards including being named the National Budweiser Conservationist of the Year in 2004.