Hundreds turnout for kids fishing derby - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/6/09

Hundreds turnout for kids fishing derby

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Hundreds of children headed out to Mae Simmons Park Saturday morning for the 12th Annual Kids Fishing Derby. Sponsored by The 100 Black Men of West Texas Inc. and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens, the day is set up to teach young people how to fish and conserve wildlife resources.

Organizers stocked the lake with 1,000 lbs. of catfish for kids to reel in, and due to the growing number of participants, they expanded the fishing area this year.  "This is a great partnership of two great, non-profit organizations. The main goal of The 100 is mentoring youth, and we're holding our big event and doing it together, and it's been fantastic, largest ever," Kelvin Davis from The 100 Black Men of West Texas Inc. said. 

"Teaching them that there's more to life than running up and down the streets and going to the mall, you can have a good time out here," Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Don Taylor said.  Organizers estimate 600 people took part in Saturday's fishing derby.

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