Fishing derby brings appreciation of nature to city kids

Fishing derby brings appreciation of nature to city kids

The Dupree family had a good day of fishing at the Urban Kids Fishing Derby  held Saturday morning at the pond at Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave. Holding the fish was Garrison Dupree, left front,  and with him were Graydon Dupree, right front, LaRae Watson, middle row  left, Ruth Dwight, middle row center, Regetta Dupree,  middle row right, and Gary Dupree, back row, left. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
The Dupree family had a good day of fishing at the Urban Kids Fishing Derby held Saturday morning at the pond at Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave. Holding the fish was Garrison Dupree, left front, and with him were Graydon Dupree, right front, LaRae Watson, middle row left, Ruth Dwight, middle row center, Regetta Dupree, middle row right, and Gary Dupree, back row, left. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

by Mary Rupert

The Urban Kids Fishing Derby held Saturday, May 16, gave city kids a chance to get back to nature.

The 10th annual event, sponsored by Urban American Outdoors TV, was held at the pond at Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave.

Wayne Hubbard, host of the Urban American Outdoors television show, said that some urban kids do not have the opportunity to connect to nature, and this event provided them with that opportunity. Also, he said it was an opportunity for kids to learn about fishing and wildlife. The derby was being filmed for a future episode of the Urban American Outdoors show.

Candice Price, executive producer of Urban American Outdoors TV, said there was an excellent turnout, with about 300 youth participating. Although the weather forecast predicted rain on Saturday, rain did not fall. “I had a feeling we were going to be all right,” she said.

A special guest at today’s event was Jim Kurth, deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“It’s a great event today, and it’s wonderful to see the young folks out here,” he said.

The nation is becoming increasingly urban, he noted, and kids do not have as many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors as in the past. This is one event that is trying to bring an enjoyment of the outdoors life to the city.

It also is presenting the conservation message that fish depend on clean water, he said. He hopes kids take away from the event an appreciation for nature, and that they want to help take care of nature as they grow up, he said.

The free event had several sponsors. KPRS Hot 103 Jamz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hiland Dairy Foods, Gates Bar-B-Q, Osage Catfisheries and others.

Rickey Beauford held his catch Saturday at the  Urban Kids Fishing Derby at the pond at Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave. His mother, Renee Beauford, was on the right. The event was sponsored by Urban American Outdoors TV. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Rickey Beauford held his catch Saturday at the Urban Kids Fishing Derby at the pond at Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave. His mother, Renee Beauford, was on the right. The event was sponsored by Urban American Outdoors TV. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

People were fishing along the banks of the pond at the Kansas City Kansas Community College on Saturday, May 16, during the Urban Kids Fishing Derby. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
People were fishing along the banks of the pond at the Kansas City Kansas Community College on Saturday, May 16, during the Urban Kids Fishing Derby. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

People fished along the banks of the pond at Kansas City Kansas Community College on Saturday, May 16, during the Urban Kids Fishing Derby. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
People fished along the banks of the pond at Kansas City Kansas Community College on Saturday, May 16, during the Urban Kids Fishing Derby. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

People fished along the banks of the pond at Kansas City Kansas Community College on Saturday, May 16, during the Urban Kids Fishing Derby. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
People fished along the banks of the pond at Kansas City Kansas Community College on Saturday, May 16, during the Urban Kids Fishing Derby. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Ayanna Abson fished from the bridge on Saturday, May 16, at the Urban Kids Fishing Derby at Kansas City Kansas Community College. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Ayanna Abson fished from the bridge on Saturday, May 16, at the Urban Kids Fishing Derby at Kansas City Kansas Community College. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Jim Kurth, left, deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, chatted with a youngster who participated in the Urban Kids Fishing Derby Saturday, May 16, at Kansas City Kansas Community College. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Jim Kurth, left, deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, chatted with a youngster who participated in the Urban Kids Fishing Derby Saturday, May 16, at Kansas City Kansas Community College. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

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