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Lions Charities hosted their most unique charity event yet when they paired up with professional angler Kevin VanDam for the inaugural Detroit Lions/Kevin VanDam fishing tournament on Tuesday.
The event was held on the beautiful Kent Lake in Milford, Michigan and brought out some of the world’s greatest bass pros to fish alongside Lions players and sponsors. Pros including Tim Horton and Kevin VanDam, amongst many others, traveled to Michigan to spend their day at the event.
“I think it says a lot about him, his commitment to this area, his commitment to Michigan and his association with the team, that he’s right between tournaments, and he would come out and do an event like this. This is a lot of work. This isn’t showing up and going fishing. There’s a lot that goes into that. We’re very, very grateful that a guy that has the profile that he does is willing to do this,” said Coach Jim Schwartz.
Kevin VanDam, a native of Michigan and a life-long Lions fan, was excited to be part of the event.
“I’m so fortunate to be able to do something that I love and that I’m passionate about. It’s just like all of these professional athletes, they have to be passionate about football. We’re all really blessed. To take the time to show them my world a little bit for charity and for me to get a time or two to come over to the Lions during the season and see what their world is all about is just a lot of fun. We have a good time and in the end we raise money for charity, that’s what it’s all about,” said the pro-angler.
Like VanDam said, two worlds really came together. Many of the players developed a greater appreciation for the skill set that professional anglers possess after spending a day fishing with them on the lake.
“We had a lot of fun. I had a great time and I imagine it’s only going to get bigger from here. We all contributed and put fish in the bag and we’ll see how the weighing goes. It is important for charity but also it’s just a lot of fun to be out here on a beautiful day and catch some fish,” said talented fisherman and back up quarterback
The event was a huge success from the fishing tournament to both the live and silent auctions. The bass pros and the Lions players can’t wait to get back on the lake next year as this was a very special day for all the parties involved.
“We don’t get that many opportunities to get together outside the field to hang out and have fun so these moments really build something special,” said receiver