The annual Kids Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Eyeopeners Kiwanis Club of Fort Collins, CO introduces young children to the fun of sport of fishing. For many kids, this is the first opportunity they have to experience fishing. The Club reaches out to many organizations serving youth in northern Colorado including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Northside Aztlan Center, Partner’s Mentoring Youth, the Family Center and Turning Point. Approximate age of the children served ranges from 7-14.
This year the event was held Friday, May 12th at the Swift Ponds in south Fort Collins. We had 39 total volunteers including 19 Eyeopener Kiwanis members and saw over 200 kids. Our members love participating in this event which has grown significantly over the last two years. Members helped with bait, cook a meal for the participants, and teach fishing techniques.
The real value of this project can be summed up in a comment that one of our members received from a single mom last year: “You don’t know what this means to me as a single parent on a limited budget to be able to bring my kids to this event where we can have a meal and an evening of safe recreational activity at no cost – thank you so much.”