HOUSTON, Dec. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Houston Astros star Carlos Correa gave 100 kids the surprise of a lifetime when he and fiancée Daniella Rodriguez showed up at a youth fishing clinic in Katy, Texas earlier today. The event was held at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in partnership with Vamos A Pescar™, an initiative by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and Fishing's Future.
"Carlos is an excellent advocate in our mission to inspire and engage the next generation of lifelong anglers and boaters," says RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. "Providing education and creating more opportunities for young people to fish and boat in urban areas are crucial steps to securing the future of the sport."
An avid fisherman who grew up in the fishing village of Barrio Velazquez, Puerto Rico, Correa had plenty of tips and tricks to share about his favorite offseason pastime. He and Rodriguez helped local youth learn essential fishing skills like how to cast a line, bait a hook, identify fish and more – all while graciously starring in many selfies taken with starstruck young fans.
"Fishing is a great way to connect with nature and create memories — not only for Daniella and me, or for me and my family, but also for these kids and their families," says Correa. "It also teaches you the importance of dedication — a skill that's been essential for me out on the ballfield. There's nothing like catching your first fish to teach you the satisfaction of accomplishing something you've worked hard for. Partnering with RBFF to pass this on to younger generations is an effort I'm proud to be a part of."
"Bass Pro Shops is committed to connecting kids and families to nature and inspiring the next generation of outdoor stewards," said Steve Dooley, general manager of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Katy, Texas. "Partnering with RBFF and Fishing's Future to teach fishing skills will greatly benefit the future of conservation. We're proud to host this event and welcome a champion like Carlos, and his fiancée Daniella, to Bass Pro Shops."
Recreational fishing and boating is key to the preservation of our country's natural resources because for every fishing license sold, 100 percent of the proceeds are invested directly into state aquatic conservation programs.
About the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF)
RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation's aquatic natural resources. RBFF developed the award-winning Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ campaigns to create awareness around boating, fishing and conservation, and educate people about the benefits of participation. The campaigns websites Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ help boaters and anglers of all ages and experience levels learn, plan and equip for a day on the water. Both websites feature how-to videos, information on how to get a fishing license and boat registration, and an interactive state-by-state map that allows visitors to find local boating and fishing spots.
About Fishing's Future
In 2004 the first FAMILY FISH CAMP™ (FFC) was conducted to get kids and parents together outdoors. Today,FishingsFuture.Org is more committed to achieving this goal than ever before. FFCs and other angling outreach events bring the joys of fishing to new communities and families across the nation. A FFC is a full day of education and excitement where Jr. Anglers and their parents learn the skills, knots, methods, rules, and techniques necessary to fish independently and then immediately apply those newly learned skills fishing during the last part of the FFC. Fishing's Future also conducts Family Fly Fishing Camps (FFFCs), Family Kayaking Camps (FKCs) and holds many other angling outreach events. In 2007, Fishing's Future was granted 501 c(3) non-profit status, and began an ambitious national initiative to draw children ages 6-16 and their families outdoors - to show them what they have been missing, and at the same time create bonds between children, parents and our natural environment.
About Bass Pro Shops:
Bass Pro Shops is North America's premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father's liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela's to create a "best-of-the-best" experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America's Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as "one of America's Best Employers."
SOURCE Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation