Dell Children’s Hospital Fishing Event

 


Dell Childrens Hospital Fishing Event ACK Dell

 

 

 

 

 

 

_DSC4965Two weeks ago ACK was able to participate in the annual Dell Children’s Hospital Fishing Event hosted by Cody Greaney, TJ Greaney and Chris Roberts from the Texas Outdoor Zone at the Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, TX. This event has been held for the past 6 years and continues to grow rapidly each time. The main purpose of the event is to introduce the children in the hospital to the world of fishing and get them outside when they may otherwise not have the opportunity. This year there was a catfish pool where the children were able to go fishing, a Cabella’s tent complete with fishing rods to giveaway, and of course our own ACK tent with 2 kayaks and a kiddie pool filled with mini kayaks. Each kayak had a number that corresponded with a bucket filled with prizes. The grow-in-water bugs were by far the fan favorite!

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Around 9 am the kids and their families started filing out and their happy smiles were enough to wake everyone involved right up! They excitedly went for the various games and the catfish pond to collect their prizes and trophies. When they would make their way to the ACK tent they_DSC5523 would carefully choose their kayak and gleefully pick from the bucket of prizes matching the number they chose. Princess tattoos, ninja turtle bouncy balls, and grow-in-water bugs were all the rage at the ACK tent! Their faces were priceless as they walked away with their new toys to join the other tents including Cabella’s for fishing rods, The Kids Outdoor Zone for bracelets and Yo So Cool FroYo for a tasty treat. After all the fishing festivities, a few Navy Seals came in and parachuted down to the event where the children were able to try on their helmets and pose for pictures.

Watching the children learn to cast a line and see their faces as they caught a catfish was easily one of the best parts of the day. There isn’t anything much better than making a child’s day and the Dell Children’s Fishing Event was definitely _DSC5226one of those events that accomplished just that.

If you are interested in volunteering or donating next year, please contact Cody Greaney at cody@texasoutdoorzone.com. 

 

Austin Canoe and Kayak Raises $2,250 For Local Outdoor Organizations Through Kayak Fishing, Looks To 2014

KATS Director Kristian Kolflat (left) and T. J. Greaney of the Kid's Outdoor Zone.
KATS Director Kristian Kolflat (left) and T. J. Greaney of the Kid’s Outdoor Zone.

Austin, Texas – Outdoor retailer, Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK), a division of MSP Holdings, LLC made donations totaling $2,250 to the Kids Outdoor Zone and Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center using money raised by their Kayak Angler Tournament Series (KATS) in 2013. In addition, a total of 24 fishing rods were donated to Brown Santa for the holidays to help children celebrate Christmas.

Over the past 8 years, KATS has grown to become Texas’ largest freshwater kayak fishing tournament series and 2013 was ACK’s second year hosting the series. The money was raised by over 115 different kayak anglers in Central Texas throughout the 2013 season (which included 6 tournaments and a final Classic Championship for the top 20 competitors).  The rods for Brown Santa were donated by KATS competitors during a recent 2014 kickoff event.

“We’re proud to support organizations like the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Brown Stana and the Kid’s Outdoor Zone, which all do a great job of inspiring youth to responsibly engage in the outdoors,” said Tournament Director Kristian Kolflat, “It’s very rewarding for all of us on the KATS Team to give back while doing something that we love, like kayak fishing.”

KATS 2014 will be kicking off on Jan. 11th with the regular season continuing through May. This year, the series will include 11 events with stops near Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio and the surrounding areas.

With the expansion in the series, Kolflat and the rest of the team hope to partner with more organizations across Texas and encourages representatives to contact the KATS team. Texas kayak anglers and other organizations that are interested in the event should visit www.fishkats.com for more information.

About MSP Holdings, LLC

MSP Holdings, LLC operates Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK), an award-winning paddlesports and outdoor retailer and Rack Boys a vehicle rack and sports travel outfitter dedicated to providing exceptional customer service. Both retail outfits are based out of the central Texas area, with their respective online stores at www.AustinKayak.com and www.RackBoys.com and within five physical locations in Austin, San Marcos, San Antonio, Spring and Houston, Texas.

 

Come Join ACK for National Hunting and Fishing Day!

National Hunting and Fishing Day!
National Hunting and Fishing Day!

Get the Kids Outside With this Free Event!

This Saturday is National Hunting and Fishing Day and to celebrate we’ll be joining up with the City of Round Rock and Kid’s Outdoor Zone for another weekend full of paddling. This free event is geared towards getting the kiddo’s excited about being outside, and we’re pumped to be a part of it!

Austin store manager, Justin Fees, along with Customer Service rep James Everhart and myself will be out manning a kid’s paddling area, making sure proper safety techniques are being followed. We’ll also have some stuff for the parents to look over while their kid’s are on the water!

RSVP and find more event details on the Facebook event page. Hope to see you there!

–Joseph

A Good Day for a Good Cause

Handing over a donation to TJ Greaney benefiting the Kids Outdoor Zone (Roland, TJ & Kristian)

It was a pleasure meeting up with TJ Greaney, Founder of the Kids Outdoor Zone, a youth ministry that provides mentorship and loving care to children through a variety of outdoor activities, to hand over a donation of just over a $1,000. We collected a portion of the proceeds through entry fees from the  2011 ACK Kayak Fishing Challenge back in October while Legacy Paddlesports, manufacturers of Native Watercraft and Liquid Logic Kayaks matched the donation. We want to thank all tournament participants and Legacy Paddlesports for helping make this a reality and of course the Kids Outdoor Zone for all that they do.

The ACK Team