January 18, 2023-Mike Iaconelli and The Ike Foundation® had an amazing year working on all aspects of their mission to introduce kids to the wholesome sport of fishing and instill in them a love and respect for the outdoors. It was a busy year of hosting kids fishing events, awarding college scholarships, and donating to kids fishing organizations across the country. The Ike Foundation’s mission includes conservation and that grew in 2022 with our lake stocking campaigns. We look forward to making a bigger impact in that area in 2023.
2022 brought with it the introduction of The Ike Foundation Youth Tournament Trail. This included a three series fishing event at lakes in New Jersey and Delaware. 50 young anglers interested in the competitive side of fishing from a bass boat attended. Anglers that participated were between the ages of 8-18. The event was made possible by volunteer boat captains and donations of rods, reels and tackle by sponsors. Prizes were awarded to the top three winners at each event.
Donated rods, reels, tackleboxes and fishing tackle to over 25 kids fishing groups across the country. This included several high school fishing teams, police sponsored community groups, Scout groups and elementary school age fishing clubs.
The Ike Foundation® works hard to instill a love for the outdoors in children and their families. With that in mind, we are committed to conservation and stocking as many lakes as possible with the support of our partners and donors.
$10,000 in college scholarships were awarded to five high school seniors after a rigorous application process that included an essay, submission of grades with GPA greater than 3.0 and a description of how they have been involved in fishing or impacted outdoor conservation.
The Ike Foundation® Scholarship Program is funded entirely by the Annual Scholarship Dinner. This is the premier social event of the year with almost 300 people in attendance. Please consider joining us and fellow supporters of The Ike Foundation® at this adults only event on Friday, January 27th, 2023 at the Grove at Centerton in Centerton, NJ. There will be dozens of auction baskets with products from all your favorite fishing brands as well as some special baskets for the ladies. This year we’ve added more excitement with the addition of casino table games as well! See more details and buy ticketsPlease follow The Ike Foundation on Facebook @theikefoundation & Twitter @foundationike