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Published on June 15, 2024
Tampa Kids to Reel in Fun and Learning at 3rd Annual Fishing Clinic with Local Leaders and PoliceSource: Unsplash/ Clark Young

Tampa's children are set for another day of educational fun as the 3rd Annual Fishing Clinic, sponsored by the Yerrid Foundation, prepares to cast a line with local youths today. Partnering with Rise Tampa, Our Police Foundation, this free event targets children 15 and under, aiming to foster a connection with nature and the surrounding community. The event, confirmed by a release on the City of Tampa's official website, boasts the participation of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and Major Brett Owen of the Tampa Police Department among other local figures.

The clinic, launching off the scenic shores of Picnic Island at 9:00 am, is not just about fishing—it’s an intricate weave of environmental education, mentorship, and community policing. Officers exchange their uniforms for fishing rods and join charter captains in guiding the youth. Tampa Police Chief Lee Bercaw conveyed his enthusiasm, stating, "We are incredibly grateful for the Yerrid Foundation's continued support in keeping our kids safe," according to the City of Tampa news release.

Participants at the clinic will be privy to more than just fishing instruction. The Yerrid Foundation has extended its philanthropic hand to ensure each child leaves with their own rod and reel combo, fostering an opportunity for continued growth in their angling abilities. Furthermore, the clinic shines a spotlight on the police department's RICH House program, which, as a beneficiary of the Foundation's largesse, continues to act as a bastion of guidance and support for the community's children.

Amidst a digital age where screens often eclipse the great outdoors, the clinic stands as a testament to the vitality of hands-on learning experiences and the enduring value of communal bonds. "These partnerships are what make our city safer and help build trust between our officers and the community's youth," Chief Bercaw added, reinforcing the sentiment that such initiatives play a critical role in nurturing future generations, as stated by the City of Tampa news release.

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