The Jackson Optimist Club held true to its motto “Friend of Youth” by donating $1,000 to the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. The donation will be used by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fishing Rodeo Program which introduces approximately 7,000 youth to fishing each year.

“Over the last several years the Optimist Club has donated $5,000 in support of the MDWFP Fishing Rodeo Program,” said Sherry Hazlewood, MDWFP Fishing Rodeo Program Coordinator. “We have used the donations to buy bait, fishing tackle, and other supplies.”

In addition to their donations, the Optimist Club has also sponsored a fishing rodeo for students of the Mississippi School for the Deaf. “For the past six years the Optimist Club has held a rodeo at MDWFP Turcotte Education and Shooting Facility,” said Hazlewood. “This rodeo has become an annual trip that students look forward to each spring.”

For more information regarding fishing in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com or call us at 601-432-2212.

Logo courtesy Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks

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