Fishing event looks to bring fathers and sons together

Fishing event looks to bring fathers and sons together
April 07
12:49 2021

On Saturday, April 17, the B. Positive Movement, a local non-profit designed to help young people reach their full potential, is inviting men and boys to pull out their fishing rods and make their way to Kernersville Lake for the Fathers & Sons Great Fishing Experience. 

Brandon Horne, founder of the B. Positive Movement, said the idea for the Fathers & Sons Fishing Experience came to him one day while sitting at the kitchen table. He said after taking his own son fishing, he realized how it brought them closer. 

“I took my son fishing and he really enjoyed it and I thought that was a good way for a father and son to be able to have some quality time, enjoy each other’s company and just bond. My son and I were able to bond and it was just a great experience … and I felt like so many other fathers could benefit from this.” 

Horne said he also realized that there weren’t many organizations or programs for fathers and sons, especially in the African American community, so he set out to change that with the Great Catch Fishing Experience. After partnering with other organizations and sponsors, Horne was able to host his first father/son fishing event in 2019 at Salem Lake. More than a dozen men and boys came out to enjoy a relaxing day of fishing, games, prizes, and free food.

“I was always trying to figure out the best way to be able to give back to the youth, but I also wanted to build that connection with fathers,” he continued. “It just kind of stemmed from, we don’t hear a lot about fathers in our community. It’s always mothers and sons or mothers and daughters or fathers and daughters, but we don’t hear anything about fathers and sons. So I just thought I would do something in the community to bring awareness to fathers in the neighborhood and the father figures who play major roles in these young men’s lives.

The event scheduled last spring was canceled due to the pandemic, but the event is returning with a bang this year. At the time of publication, 75 people had already registered. Horne said it’s been exciting to see how the community has rallied behind the event. “It’s very exciting to see so many people want to be a part of it or even  just be a sponsor if they can’t be a part of it,” he said. 

“We want to allow this opportunity for not only just fishing, but for networking, bonding between the fathers and sons, but also other fathers within the community because they may have resources other fathers may not even know about.” 

The Fathers & Sons Great Catch Fishing Experience is scheduled to begin on April 17 at 9 a.m. at Kernersville Lake, 6408 Old Valley School Road, Kernersville. Registration is open until Monday, April, 12. To register visit Eventbrite and type “Fathers & Sons Great Fishing Experience in the search bar. 

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