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REEL FUN: 3RD Annual Fishing Clinic Aims To Hook Kids On Nature & Community

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Thanks to the continued generosity of the Yerrid Foundation, Tampa's young people will once again have the opportunity to learn the joys of fishing and build positive relationships with local law enforcement.

This year marks the third year in a row that the Yerrid Foundation has partnered with Rise Tampa, Our Police Foundation to host a free fishing clinic for over 100 Tampa children aged 15 and under. The clinic will take place off the waters of Picnic Island on Saturday, June 15, 2024, starting at 9:00 am.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, Tampa Police Department Major Brett Owen, and Tampa Bay Fishing Guide Captain Sergio Atanes will be joined by Tampa Police Officers and top charter captains from the Tampa Bay area in educating the younger generation on the rules, and the enjoyment, of fishing.

"We are incredibly grateful for the Yerrid Foundation's continued support in keeping our kids safe," said Tampa Police Chief Lee Bercaw. "These partnerships are what make our city safer and help build trust between our officers and the community's youth."

The clinic will provide children with valuable fishing skills and knowledge, while also offering a fun and educational experience away from technology. It also fosters mentorship opportunities between police officers, fishing captains, and the young participants. Each child will receive a rod and reel combo to keep, allowing them to continue honing their newfound skills.

The Yerrid Foundation's donation will also extend its reach to support the Tampa Police Department's RICH House program, providing a safe haven and resources for children in Tampa. Each location is run by a Tampa Police Officer who serves as a role model, tutor, and liaison between residents and the police department. The sites offer after-school and summer school programming, in addition to access to family social services.

Learn more about additional programs available through the Tampa Police Department.