FORT LORAMIE — Volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters and their “littles” recently enjoyed a Youth Day Fishing Derby at the home of Mike Meyer in Fort Loramie.
The fishing derby was co-sponsored by the Shelby County BassMasters and Sidney Kiwanis. More than 25 volunteers and “littles” attended the annual event, Sept. 29. The outing included a cookout for all BassMaster members, their children, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers and “littles.” The fishing event concluded with an award ceremony for the top fishermen in several age categories.
Shelby County BassMasters were able to host this event as a result of local fishermen’s participating in bass tournaments throughout the year with a modest portion of their entry fees supporting the purchase of poles for each child.
Jennifer Bruns, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County, said, “The Shelby County BassMasters do an outstanding job every year with this activity. The children who participate in this outing truly look forward to it each year, and it exposes them to a new hobby that they might not otherwise get the opportunity to do. I have kids ask me all year round when the fishing derby is going to be held. They love this event. Being outdoors, getting fresh air, and learning about fishing is a neat experience for the children in the program and, for some of them, the first time they have been exposed to the sport.”
For information about volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters, call 492-7611.