Delainey Broggi is working on her dream to one day fish the Women's Bassmaster Tour.
But the 15-year-old Junior Bassmaster from Rhode Island already is hard at work making dreams come true for other youngsters. In fact, her efforts to introduce disabled and disadvantaged kids to fishing earned her a special award from Providence Mayor David Cicilline.
Broggi helped organize a C.A.S.T. for Kids tournament in 2006. She won the tournament, split the $1,000 purse with her partner, and then contributed her winnings to another C.A.S.T. for Kids event, where Federation Nation members from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut took a group of disabled and disadvantaged children bass fishing.
Broggi also planned and executed a bass tournament to raise money to buy life vests for each C.A.S.T. participant.
The tournament earned $1,000, enough to buy 15 jackets, and Stearns Co. donated 25 more. Because of Broggi's actions, each of the C.A.S.T. for Kids children went home with a life jacket, in addition to the rod and reel, full tacklebox, hat and T-shirt they received.
"While it's great to see her do well in tournaments, I'm especially proud of her work in getting other kids involved in fishing," said her father, Mike Broggi, youth director of the Rhode Island Federation Nation.
"She's always helping through our junior club and the adult chapter. But most of all, I'm proud of what she does for kids in C.A.S.T., Special Olympics and the special education program at school."
"I felt that combining my love of bass fishing and my passion for supporting children with special needs would make for an extremely rewarding project," she said.
The Rhode Island teen has been fishing since she was 2 years old. She got involved with BASS after Rhode Island started its Junior Bassmaster program. Now she is one of its most vocal advocates, encouraging others to join.
"I really love the Junior Bassmasters," she said. "I have made so many friends, from Washington state to South Africa and everywhere in between. I have made a second family through this."