Bass Pro Shops Tampa donates 800 rods to program
On June 9, Bass Pro Shops in Tampa donated 800 fishing rods and reels to William Dunn and his organization, Take A Kid Fishing Inc., as part of its annual Gone Fishing campaign. Representatives from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) were also on hand to help introduce this gear to the organization.
“This fishing gear will help us continue our mission of mentoring young people by taking them fishing and teaching them valuable life skills. These kids can leave their troubles behind, pick up a fishing rod, and enjoy learning a new skill while learning patience and responsibility,” said William Dunn, Founder and CEO of Take A Kid Fishing.
Nationwide, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s plan to donate more than 25,000 rods and reels to nonprofits that help kids of all backgrounds connect to the great outdoors as part of the Gone Fishing campaign. of this year, the national movement that connects children and families to nature. each summer.
This effort is part of the company’s mission to inspire future generations to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors. Since the program’s inception, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s have donated over 400,000 items to youth-focused nonprofits across North America.
The Bass Pro Shops also held free events on the weekends of June 11-12 and 18-19. Children of all ages were invited to catch their first fish in free catch and release ponds and take home a ‘First Fish’ certificate along with a digital photo download.
“We are thrilled to play such an important role in introducing children and their families to our community to the fun of fishing. They choose to ditch the phones and video games and spend quality time outdoors creating family memories,” said Jarron Ritchie, general manager of Bass Pro Shops Tampa.
Take A Kid Fishing is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in Lakeland that works to improve the lives of underprivileged and fatherless children through mentorship and fishing trips. To learn more, donate or just volunteer, visit www.takffl.com or contact Dunn at 863-944-5641 or [email protected]