COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - Thursday, the Colorado Springs Bass Pro Shop donated 70 rods and reels to the nonprofit Colorado Youth Outdoors.
This was part of 40,000 rods and reels donated nationwide as part of the Bass Pro Shops' Gone Fishing initiative. The movement hopes to inspire and teach the next generation about the joys of fishing.
Bass Pro Shops also donated to Colorado Youth Outdoors in 2022. Those rods and reels were used to teach classes. About half were given to kids who might not have access to this equipment.
Colorado Youth Outdoor's mission is to strengthen kids' relationships with their parents through engaging in outdoor activities. CYO hosts camps, classes, and workshops to teach kids and their parents how to hunt and fish.
The Colorado Springs Bass Pro Shop is hosting another free follow-up event on Sunday, June 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids and families can learn to fish in the store's aquariums and ponds, do some arts and crafts, and take home a free fishing guide.