Please select your home edition
Edition
Pantaenius FBW Comprehensive 728x90

USA union volunteers host youth fishing events

by Dan Johnson 5 Jun 12:57 UTC 1-2 June 2019
More than 400 young anglers experienced fishing firsthand last weekend during USA Take Kids Fishing Day events in Wisconsin and Tennessee. © Union Sportsmen’s Alliance

More than 400 Wisconsin and Tennessee youth went fishing last weekend many for the very first time thanks to the Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA), dozens of volunteers from local labor unions and a consortium of partners dedicated to introducing kids to the joys of fishing.

The union-led community events, held June 1-2 in La Crosse, Eau Claire, Madison and Janesville, Wisc., and Spring Hill, Tenn., were all part of the USA's Work Boots on the Ground conservation program, which organizes free Take Kids Fishing Days and other youth outreach events across the country. The events are supported by local and international labor unions and national conservation partners Provost Umphrey Law Firm, Pure Fishing, Plano Synergy and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.

Each child who participated received a free rod and reel from Pure Fishing and a pair of game calls from Plano Synergy. Union volunteers ranging from electricians and machinists to engineers and fire fighters helped them rig up, bait up and start fishing. Afterward, union volunteers prepared a picnic-style lunch for the young anglers and their families.

"The USA, in cooperation with labor unions in each area, holds Take Kids Fishing Day activities in many locations each year, but this was by far our biggest weekend," said USA Conservation Manager Robert Stroede.

While the community-outreach Take Kids Fishing Day events are designed to strengthen ties between local unions, union workers and the people in their neighborhoods, the main focus is encouraging young people to enjoy the outdoors and develop an interest in conserving natural resources.

"Many children today don't get the chance to go fishing, hunting or camping like we all did when we were young," said Robert Potter, president of the South Central Wisconsin Building and Construction Trades Council, which sponsored and hosted the Madison and Janesville events. "And we think it's pretty important to provide those types of opportunities."

"Research shows that outdoor activities such as fishing encourage kids to develop an interest in environmental conservation," Stroede added. "And introducing them to the sport at a young age makes it more likely that they'll continue to participate as adults.

"Through special excise taxes, sportfishing funds fisheries conservation and public water access projects to the tune of $600 million per year," he noted. "So we need to ensure the next generation of anglers has a solid foothold when starting along that path."

Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Tyler Tubbs said teaching children to fish and seeing their excitement at reeling one in makes volunteering a labor of love. "When a little kid pulls up a little fish, it's like a 30-inch walleye to her," he said. "Something so small gives youth so much satisfaction. That, in and of itself, makes giving our time totally worth it."

Related Articles

USA, Union Volunteers restore TRNWR fishing pier
Volunteers joined forces to restore the aging, 150-foot structure A popular fishing pier on Champion Lake in the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge received a much-needed facelift thanks to union volunteers, the Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) and the Lower Trinity Basin Master Naturalists. Posted on 2 Jul
USA, Union Volunteers host Kentucky Youth Fishing
More than 70 Kentucky youth went fishing last Saturday Held in Lexington, Louisville and Paducah, the events were part of a series of free, community-based youth outreach activities organized under Work Boots on the Ground—the USA's flagship conservation program Posted on 26 Jun
Salt Lake City Area Take Kids Fishing Day
Union volunteers donated their time and expertise to introduce kids to fishing The waters of Fairmont Park Pond were the backdrop for more than 80 young anglers and their families who gathered on June 8, 2019, for the inaugural Salt Lake City Area Take Kids Fishing Day event Posted on 13 Jun
Union Insurance Group receives USA DLCA Award
The award is presented to industry partners and other allies that surpass the $1 million donor mark The Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) proudly announces that founding partner Union Insurance Group (UIG) of Chicago, Illinois, has received the organization's prestigious Diamond Life Corporate Achievement Award. Posted on 30 May
Union Volunteers introduce Dayton youth to fishing
120 young anglers lined the bank of Lakeside Lake to experience fishing From morning to early afternoon of Saturday, May 4, more than 120 young anglers and their families lined the bank of Lakeside Lake near Dayton, Ohio, to experience fishing firsthand during the free Dayton Area Take Kids Fishing Day. Posted on 8 May
UV introduce 200 Spring Hill youth to fishing
A joint effort by the USA, UAW Local 1853 and UAW Region 8 Despite early morning rains, 200 young anglers and their families lined the pond at the Tennessee Children's Home Spring Hill Campus Saturday, April 13 for the Spring Hill Area Take Kids Fishing Day. Posted on 17 Apr
UFFT and AFL-CIO to host Chillicothe Youth Fishing
Members of IAFF Local 300 held their annual Fish With A Fire Fighter The free event, designed to introduce local youngsters ages two to 15 to conservation and the joys of fishing, has a rich history in Chillicothe, according to Local 300 President Jason Ferryman. Posted on 16 Apr
Union Sportsmens Alliance, Partners secure funding
A wide range of partners have made contributions The Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) is proud to report that a multi-year, collaborative effort to give thousands of Florida youth and their families better firsthand access to the Gulf of Mexico's inshore ecosystem has cleared its last financial hurdle. Posted on 28 Jan
USA partners host veterans' fishing event
Celebrating new Griffin Reservoir fishing pier U.S. Armed Forces veterans were honored with a fishing event at Griffin Reservoir to celebrate the dedication of a new public fishing pier that gives community members of all ages and physical abilities improved access to the popular impoundment. Posted on 2 Nov 2018
Union Volunteers introduce youths to fishing
More than 100 local youngsters and their families participate More than 100 local youngsters and their families participated in the Marietta Area Take Kids Fishing Day at scenic Buckeye Park on Saturday, October 13. Posted on 17 Oct 2018
Raymarine AUS Element HV FOOTERNanni Diesel 2019 FooterMarina Exchange FOOTER 1