The annual Special Olympics Fishing Derby is one of the Mianus Chapter's most popular event for members and volunteers. For nearly a decade the annual derby at the pond at Merwin Meadows Park in Wilton has helped athletes from Connecticut Special Olympics learn how to fish and also win $1,000 prizes to help fund their team's training and expenses.
It doesn't take much to volunteer and the rewards are beyond description. To see an athlete reel in what very well may be the first fish of their life and then beam with joy, pride and a sense of accomplishment is beyond compare. Everyone helping out at the event can't help but leave with a big smile on their face.
This year's derby takes place on Saturday, October 1, with preparation and setup starting at 9 a.m., the derby running from 11 a.m. to noon and a complimentary lunch for athletes and volunteers following.
Volunteers are needed to:
- Set up rods and prepare tackle
- Partner one-on-one with an athlete
- Serve as judges, measuring and recording fish caught
- Rove the pond as "tackle experts" untangling line and making minor repairs
If you'd like to volunteer for this extraordinary event, email Jeff Yates for details.
Learn more at www.mianustu.org
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