National spotlight on local non-profit

A local non-profit group, the Florida Fishing Academy, will make its national television debut Monday, Feb. 20, in a “Making a Difference” segment on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.”

During the 6:30 p.m. broadcast, the Palm Beach County-based academy will be recognized for its efforts to steer the lives of local youth onto a positive path by teaching them about responsible fishing and marine skills.

NBC News correspondent Mark Potter followed FFA founder Capt. Rich Brochu and program director Capt. Bob Cawood for two days as they taught FFA’s program in local classrooms, finishing up the shoot with a deep-sea fishing trip off the Port of Palm Beach.

The classes, according to the Florida Fishing Academy’s website, are part of its mission to use fishing to “empower at-risk youth with positive life skills, alternatives to destructive or antisocial behavior and a sense of responsibility for shaping the world around them.”

The “Making a Difference” segment focuses on everyday people doing extraordinary things in the United States and worldwide. Recognizing South Florida’s status as the fishing capital of the world, FFA, founded in 2006, has filled a need for school-based curricula to teach fishing as a sport and a life skill.

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Michele Kirk


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