Lew’s has announced that they will be supporting the Take A Warrior Fishing and Catch A Special Trill programs for veterans and kids.
Lew’s took another step towards offering help to those who need it by announcing their intention to donate rod and reel combos through its American Hero program.
The American Hero program has been around since 2013 and was introduced as a way for Lew’s to give back to veterans and help them readjust to civilian life. President Gary Remensnyder said, “Fishing offers therapeutic tendencies when it comes to knocking down barriers, reconnecting with family and friends, and making new acquaintances.”
Remensnyder also spoke of the respect that Lew’s has for the incoming executive director of Take A Warrior Fishing, Jay Yelas. Yelas, who is a professional bass fisherman, is a member of the Lew’s pro staff and has been working with the Catch A Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) for Kids Foundation for over 10 years.
The Take A Warrior Fishing program is a branch of C.A.S.T. that was formed in 2011 and is gaining more and more attention. “We had about a dozen TWF events across the country last year and more than that planned for this year, including several new venues, such as Lake Murray, S.C., Lake Eufaula, Ala., Stockton Lake, Mo., and others” said Yelas.
Each event will be different; some will be tournaments and some will be purely fishing for fun, but the goal remains the same- to let the love and enjoyment of fishing bring people together and form relationships that will have a positive effect on the lives of everyone involved.