Fishing and Fishing Tournaments
Freedom Waters Foundation offers fishing opportunities for FWF participants, enhancing lives by building upon life skills through the sport of fishing and interacting with FWF volunteers.
Local boat owners donate their time, vessels, and fishing expertise, sharing their love of the water and fishing skills with many who may not otherwise have such an experience.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters Fishing Tournament in Ft. Lauderdale
Initiated in 1979, John Weller, FWF Co-Founder started the BB/BS Fishing Tournament in Ft. Lauderdale. It continues to grow each year. Serving more than 80 Littles and Bigs each year.
In 2010, FWF hosted the first FWF Kids’ Fishing Tournament in Naples, hosting 20 pairs of Littles/Bigs from Collier County. This fishing tournament has continued to expand to serve a variety of children and their mentors from various community organizations. Serving more that 50 kids and mentors each year.
In 2011, FWF initiated the annual FWF Heels and Reels Fishing Tournament, serving teen girls at risk, through the PACE Center for Girls, offering them the opportunity to enhance their life skills through the sport of fishing. The tournament is rich with women fishing mentors who encourage and support the girls, utilizing fishing, the tournament and all it encompasses, as a a platform to enrich their lives.
Veterans of all ages have the opportunity to go fishing with Freedom Waters Foundation. In the summer of 2011, FWF was approached by a VET Center counselor (also a FWF volunteer) and asked if FWF would consider doing programs for veterans. That was an easy yes for FWF and in the first year, FWF served over 400 veterans at their family members. And, some of the veterans have become FWF volunteers as well, giving them an opportunity to give back and help other veterans.