I did a post back last spring concerning kids fishing and the lack of interest by the general public and the huge sporting goods stores not promoting kids to get into fishing. Well I have been seeing more and more fishing outings for kids now than I did this time last year. No it is not because I did a post concerning this problem, but I think the big sporting goods stores are realizing that they are going to need these kids in the coming years to replenish the aging fishing population that will be occurring in the coming years. Sure there are still plenty of distractions to keep kids off the water fishing but I think it is improving. An example of getting kids involved in fishing is the recent article I came across recently. I hope that I keep seeing more of these articles and groups and organizations willing to devote their time to our kids.
Local children participate in fishing derby,
By Maria Lindsay
Photo courtesy of Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition SOUTH AKRON — Cargill Inc. — Salt Division (Akron), Cargill Global Partnership Fund and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition (OECC) sponsored the Cargill Bluegill Fishing Derby and Fit Kids Walk along the banks of the Ohio & Erie Canal at the Manchester Road Trailhead
The purpose of the event was to provide school children with an opportunity to experience outdoor recreational activities, according to OECC officials. Children enrolled in Akron Public Schools were invited to participate, as well as children living in Coventry Township.
The Cargill Bluegill Fishing Derby, a catch-and-release event, offered participants the use of fishing poles and bait provided by the Cuyahoga Falls Walleye Club.
After the fishing derby, Summit County Councilwoman Paula Prentice (D-District 8) and Debby Rolland, of the OECC, led a half-mile Fit Kids Walk. Participants also were provided with healthy snacks and beverages, as well as an opportunity to win raffle prizes and a bicycle from Eddy’s Bicycle Shop.
Shown at right at the event are, from left: (first row) Peter and Mary Dolensky, and (second row) Prentice; Debby Rolland, vice president of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition; and Henry and Peggy Dolensky.
Corporate sponsors for the event also included OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, Forest City Enterprises, Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, PNC Bank and Towpath Credit Union, along with numerous individual donors.
In September, Summit County Executive Russell Pry, in collaboration with Summit County CounBcil, sponsored a resolution acknowledging National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, according to county officials. By doing so, officials encouraged citizens to become more aware of the issue and urged parents and/or guardians to promote physical activity among children.
These types of events are much better for out kids than the watching T.V or playing computer games. A big thumbs up to this organizations.
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