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Kids Cast Lines at Fishing Rodeo

For Immediate Release
May 8, 2014

It didn’t take long for Jabri Mack to get the hang of casting afishing line Thursday morning.

Within mere minutes of throwing his fishing line into Duck Pond atthe Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the Glynn Academy studentreeled in his first fish of the day.

He held it up, and with a big smile, took a picture.

Without hesitation, he threw his fishing line back into the water inthe hunt for more fi sh.

“I’m going for 20,” Mack shouted.

The excitement Mack felt was shared by the other dozen studentsfishing alongside him during the 15th Annual Two-Way Sport FishingClub’s Special Olympics Fishing Rodeo.

In total, an estimated 200 kids from Glynn County schools and theMorning Star Baptist Treatment Center caught fish during the event.

Fishing wasn’t the only activity available to students at FLETC,which hosted the event for the 11th consecutive year. At the baseballfield, students played kickball and softball, jumped in a bouncy houseand had the opportunity to get their faces painted.

But it’s the fishing that produces memories for participants, saysMike Evans, a FLETC employee who coordinated the event.

“The teachers tell me that of all the events they do, this is theone (students) remember year after year,” he said. “They like (and)they enjoy (other activities), but this is the one they talk about allyear long.”

“All of them catch fish, and they have great time,” he said. “It’sjust a good thing.”

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