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First Annual Youth Charter Fishing Program Held


Boys & Girls Club Members Go Fishing in New Outside Foundation Program

April 20, 2016 (Hilton Head Island, SC) - Fishing is a lifelong hobby and popular form of recreation here in the Lowcountry. The sport teaches children the benefits of patience and persistence and connects them directly with nature. Sadly, many children growing up on Hilton Head today may never have the opportunity to get out fishing. The Outside Foundation aims to bridge this gap with its new Youth Charter Fishing Program, the first of which was hosted on April 12th in partnership with The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head. Several Charter Fisherman from around the Island donated their time to take Boys & Girls Club children fishing in small groups. The children not only caught numerous fish, they also learned about the local fisheries and the effect of pollution and overfishing. The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head and The Outside Foundation plan to make this an annual event, each Spring Break - Heritage Week.

“It is our belief that children, and adults, who spend time recreating in the outdoors and connecting to nature will learn not only to appreciate their surroundings, but also understand how fragile this ecosystem is. Hopefully, the boys and girls will become more interested in how each can play a role in conserving natural resources and, with that knowledge, become better stewards of our local waterways.Thank you to all the local Fishing Captains who donated their boats, gear, expertise and time to create and incredibly special day” said Jean Fruh, Executive Director of The Outside Foundation.

Participating Captains - Boats include: Steven Ranney on Gullah Gal, Brian Vincent on Phantom, Michael Kline on Outside Angler, Drew Mahoney on Mitzy, ,Kent Bird on Megabite and Captain Doug Boyne with Dan Thomas, Outside Foundation Board Member, on Dan’s boat.

To learn more about The Youth Charter Fishing Program visit :

About The Outside Foundation

The Outside Foundation is a local non-profit with a mission to get kids outside and to protect and preserve our local environment. The foundation is dedicated to creating awareness, expanding knowledge, and developing a responsible understanding of nature and the environment. Ongoing projects of the Foundation include trash clean-ups by kayak, donation programs and the Kids in Kayaks program, which aims to get every 7th grader in Beaufort County out kayaking.

About Boys & Girls Club of the Lowcountry

Great Futures Start at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hilton Head. Club programs are the core of the members' activities. People know the Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe and secure place for club members to interact with their friends, classmates, and staff every day after school and during the summer. What many people don't know is what happens inside the clubs' programs to create seeds of academic success, athletic performance, artistic expression, civic involvement and character development. Each club's programs focus on (5) core areas which are: Character & Leadership Development, Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, The Arts and Sports/ Fitness & Recreation.

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