Roderick May, the hatchery manager at Neosho National Fish Hatchery, weighs a catch.
Urban American Outdoors TV’s (UAO TV) National Urban Kids Fishing Derby Tour stopped in Kansas City, Kansas, on October 8, bringing together the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Kansas City Chiefs and others to engage Kansas City youth.
Urban American Outdoors TV’s National Urban Kids Fishing Derby Tour stopped in Kansas City, Kansas.
“The purpose of the fishing derby was to teach kids to fish, engage them in healthy outdoor recreation, and introduce them to wildlife conservation and related career opportunities,” said Wayne Hubbard, who cofounded Urban American Outdoors TV with his life partner Candice Price.
RELATED: More photos of the fishing derby are on UAO TV’s flickr page.
Representing the Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Fish Hatchery System was Roderick May, the hatchery manager at Neosho National Fish Hatchery in Neosho, Missouri.
“Everyone benefits when we engage youth in personal, physical and professional development,” May said. “Teaching kids how to fish and talking with them about conservation is good for kids and everyone else, as today’s kids are the conservationists of tomorrow.”
Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Allen Bailey talks to one of the anglers.
Representatives of the Kansas City Chiefs football team were also there.
“To be able to come out here and spend time with these kids and members of our community means a lot,” said Brett Veach, general manager for the Kansas City Chiefs. “It’s fun to see our guys out there fishing and giving back, and I’m glad that I was invited to be a part of it.”
Other Chiefs’ executives and players at the fishing derby included President Mark Donovan, defensive end Allen Bailey, safety Eric Berry, wide receiver Gehrig Richard Dieter, quarterback Chad Henne, fullback J.D. Moore and defensive tackle Xavier Williams.
People try their luck at the Urban Fishing Day.
The fishing derby brought out others who support youth development programs in the Kansas City area, including Kids on Campus, Fringe Benefits of Education (FBOE) and Bass Pro Shops.
A Kansas City Kansas Community College program, Kids on Campus is an eight-week summer camp for youth ages 8 to 18 from the Kansas City metro area. The program provides hands-on adaptive learning experiences outside the classroom in science, technology, education, arts and math.
With support from community educators, leaders and professionals, the Kids on Campus program engages approximately 300 youth per year in educational, physical and social activities that empower them with personal awareness, life skills and educational ambitions.
“I didn’t catch anything,” Chiefs GM Veach said, “but we still had some fun.”
Story by Edward Stoker, External Affairs, Headquarters; photos by UAO TV