Club Cosponsors Fishing Derby for Kids Young and Old
This summer, the Sierra Club's Illinois Chapter, the Southtown Star newspaper, and the Village of Orland Park, Illinois, helped cosponsor the 21st Annual Duke O'Malley Kids Fishing Derby at Lake Sedgewick, 25 miles southwest of Chicago.
More than 450 kids, accompanied by at least one parent, participated in a day of fishing followed by a prize raffle where nearly everyone went home with goodies. The Sierra Club Water Sentinels Program donated fishing rods and equipment, and items like bobbers, gift certificates, and candy for prizes.
"When you take kids and add in fishing it equals smiles all around," says Water Sentinels Director Scott Dye. "Kids learn about the natural environment, and adults remember what fun it was to be a kid." Volunteers from local fishing organizations helped bait hooks, uncross lines, and shared their expertise.
"Even if fishing isn't your 'thing,' just remember that the fishing derby isn't just about fishing—it's about the appreciation of nature and family," says Club volunteer Diane Uhlman. "It's a great way for parents and children to spend quality time together."
"All too often we forget the beauty of nature in this hectic digital world filled with to-do lists," Uhlman says. "Volunteering at the fishing derby gives us a chore to put on our list that actually bonds people and helps us remember what's really important in life."
"This kind of event generates such good feelings," adds Dye. "It attracts dozens of volunteers who are willing to spend their day helping out because they know how important one day like this can be in the life of a youngster."
All photos by Scott Dye.