‘Fishing with Friends’ to kick off Sunday

Families have the opportunity to come together for food and fun Sunday to stand against bullying.
Knock Out Bullying Inc., an anti-bullying association that began in October 2013, will begin hosting Fishing with Friends for the second year on Sunday.
Fishing with Friends began last May when Stacy Hatcher, founder and president of KOB, and her daughter, Katelynn, decided they’d use what they know to help them take a stand against bullying.
“Fishing can bring people together,” Hatcher previously told Mustang News and Yukon Review. “We just went off something we knew that we could do. If we could get people to start coming out then maybe they could see other in school or wherever, and if something is going on, then they can be like ‘hey, I know that person’ and then they make take up for them.”
Children of all ages from all over Canadian County come together for the event.
The event grew to 50 children in attendance by the end of last year’s warm weather.
Hatcher expects to see more children and families this year.
“Just the friendship,” Hatcher said in regards to what she’s most looking forward to in this second year. “The kids have missed each other. I get calls or I see the kids and they’re like, ‘when’s Fishing with Friends? We can’t wait.’”
Fishing with Friends is hosted from 4-6 p.m. every other Sunday until the weather gets cold at Route 66 Park, 9901 N.W. 23rd St. near Lake Overholser.
Special guests or mascots often attend the events. The Yukon Bobcats semi-pro football team will attend this Sunday’s Fishing with Friends.
This Sunday’s event will also include hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches provided by the Fat Guy Club, face painting and a craft.
Attendees are also volunteering to bring side dishes via the Facebook event page, “2017 KOB FISHING WITH FRIENDS KICK OFF.”
Fishing with Friends is a family event and is open to anyone interested in attending.
“This is not just for kids that are bullied. It’s a non-judgement zone for everybody to be in. It’s a safe environment for everybody to come out and get to know each other,” Hatcher said.
All fishing licenses and permits are applicable for anyone 16 and older. All minors should have adult supervision.
People should bring their own fishing poles and worms if they have them, but KOB provides them for the children who don’t have them. They also take donations of fishing poles and worms for other children to be able to use in the future.
Fishing with Friends is free to attend.
“That’s been the biggest deal is ‘what’s the cost?’ But it’s free,” Hatcher said. “We also try to provide poles for all the kids that do not have them. That’s one of the main things.”
KOB was recently nominated for the Fox 25 Cares program, in which they will be awarded $500 toward their organization. Hatcher said the whole $500 will be going toward Fishing with Friends.
For more information, visit the Facebook event page or contact Hatcher directly at 537-5112.

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