On October 1st, 2019, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper and the Lightning Foundation hosted the fourth annual Coop's Catch for Kids fishing tournament, presented by Heritage Insurance. Catch for Kids is an exciting day of fishing and fundraising, where the entire Lightning roster were paired with participants for a day of fun and fishing on the water, all while raising funds for pediatric cancer research.
The annual catch-and-release inshore grand slam tournament pairs Lightning players and celebrities on a guided boat with two participants. It also includes an Angler's Party preceding the tournament and a post-fishing reception after a day on the water.
This year's tournament brought in almost $200,000, bringing the four-year total to about $500,000. The proceeds all go to the V Foundation, founded by Dick Vitale to benefit pediatric cancer research and patient services.
See below for a video recap of the 2019 tournament, along with recaps from previous years.
Launched in 2016 by Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper and his wife, Jessie, Coop's Catch for Kids is an annual fishing tournament hosted by the Lightning Foundation that benefits pediatric cancer research and patient services.
Each year, anglers are treated to an exciting day of fishing and fundraising alongside Lightning players and coaches. The annual catch-and-release inshore grand slam tournament pairs Lightning celebrities on a guided boat with two participants. Guests also attend an Anglers' Party the night before the tournament, where they are joined by guest speakers such as Dick Vitale and Charley Belcher. Following the tournament, participants are invited to a post-fishing reception where awards are given out for the top catches of the day.
At each Coop's Catch for Kids, we are honored to host a local child who has battled cancer as our Guest of Honor. Our Guest of Honor and their family is invited to attend the tournament festivities and share their stories of resilience and strength while battling this terrible disease.
In four years, Coop's Catch for Kids has raised more than $500,000 for the V Foundation and local pediatric cancer research and patient services.