The Nation's River Bass Tournament is Coming


On Friday, June 3, 2011, Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region, in partnership with the FLW Outdoors, Walmart, Pepco, US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of the Interior's Office of Youth and the First Lady's Let's Move!Outside initiative is bringing 300 under-served local students by the busloads to fish at National Harbor for the third annual Nation's River Bass Tournament. For the first time, each student attending will receive a rod and reel donated by Walmart so they can continue exploring their local environment even after the conclusion of the event. The donation will hope to inspire them to recreate by fishing on their own after the bass tournament and is one of the First Lady's objectives to fight childhood obesity and connect youth to their natural resources.

This unique and lively competition will host urban students, federal natural resource agencies, corporate sponsors, and a dozen other public and private organizations to partner with bass anglers for a morning of fishing and appreciating the resources of the Potomac River. Primary goals of the event are to teach them more about sustainable catch, conservation, and safe boating. The Nation's River Bass Tournament offers students an opportunity to fish (most of the students for the first time) with volunteer bass anglers and employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Held in conjunction with the Walmart FLW Tour on the Potomac River presented by National Guard, participants and fans can enjoy numerous activities on Friday at National Harbor including a Ranger boat simulator, rock climbing wall and other interactive games. Fans can also attend the FLW Outdoors Expo on Saturday and Sunday from noon - 4 p.m. at National Harbor. The Expo includes the boat simulators, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors. The weigh-ins for the Tour will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and are free to the public.

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