Elite Series pro Tim Horton gives back; can you?

Tim Horton

On Saturday, Oct. 9, Elite Series pro Tim Horton will host his annual "Fishing for Kids" event. The event, which Horton has officially conducted each year since 1999, is his way of giving back to the sport from which he earns his livelihood.

Horton, along with a host of volunteers, take disadvantaged and special needs children out on Pickwick Lake for a day of fishing. Horton estimates that more than 1,500 children have participated since he began taking kids fishing free of charge in 1997.

"I get more enjoyment out of 'Fishing for Kids' than anything I do in the sport of bass fishing," Horton says.

Children and volunteers come from as far as Tennessee to enjoy a day on the water with Horton's gang. After a day of fishing, a weigh-in is conducted on the shores of McFarland Park in Florence, Ala. Afterward, a picnic is held and prizes are given out.

Volunteers are needed to captain boats and help with setup of the event. If you're interested or have a child who would like to participate, contact Brad Whitehead at 256-483-0834. Volunteers need to arrive at McFarland Park by 10 a.m.

Learn more at www.timmyhorton.com.

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