More than 100 disabled veterans who participated in last week’s Capital Clash fishing tournament received free fishing gear thanks in part to donations made by two companies.
The Capital Clash, the premier event for Paralyzed Veterans of America’s annual seven-stop Bass Tour, offered each disabled veteran participant a rod, reel and tackle box thanks to the donations from Bash Pro Shops and reel company Ardent, said Alan Earl, associate director of sports and recreation at Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Bass Pro Shops, a longtime sponsor of the Bass Tour, donated $500 and offered a 25 percent discount on all items purchased for the tournament. Adent also offered a sizeable discount on 70 rod and reel combinations, and Bass Pro Shops put the line on all of them for free, Earl said.
The event also relies on monetary donations to help pay for the discounted gear, Earl said. Students from Patrick Henry Elementary School in Arlington, VA, raised money to help the tournament through their annual “Pennies for Soldiers” drive, he said.
“We couldn’t do this without the volunteers and sponsors,” Earl said. “That’s how Paralyzed Veterans works is through the volunteers and sponsors, and we wouldn’t be able to do what we do if it wasn’t for them.”
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Brittany Ballenstedt is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in several publications, including Government Executive, National Journal, Technology Daily and NextGov.com.