VAL was beside himself, I bet I changed his
lure four times before the tournament ever started. The gun went off and we were on our way. This tournament was
trolling motors only, and the fish were biting.
We had two fish in the boat in no time. Val
kept saying one more…one more. The tournament only lasted until noon and then they had a weigh in just like
Even though Val only caught two fish that day
and did not win the tournament the looking at his face you would have thought he won the Bass Masters
When we returned, for weeks and months that
is all Val talked about, his big fishing Tournament.
I am sorry to say about a year later Val was
crossing the street in his wheel chair and a driver ran a red light and hit Val. He held on for a while, and
then went to the Big Bass Lake in Heaven.
In Fact at his funeral, his brother was
talking to everyone and started laughing and said that he bet Val was already on the lake catching them hogs as
Turning Point Nation:
I also did some investigating and
found an organization that I wanted to add to this article, Turning Point Nation
While this fine organization is doing a lot of great work in many states, I
want every physically challenged person who loves fishing and the outdoors to check with your state and local
organizations to find out what is available to help you get out there enjoying yourself. Another website to
check out where fishing and outdoor activities are discussed and trips planned is http://www.disaboom.com/.
If you are one of the persons helping the
physically challenged population to find their footing and confidence in life, please consider introducing them
to the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities through programs in your state to ignite their passion for
Turning Point was founded in 1979 by Michael
"Shorty" Powers. Shorty had an injury when he was 17 years old that left him without the use of his legs. He was
another person that loved the outdoors. When he went looking to see what might be available for him to continue
participating in fishing and outdoor activities, there were none so Shorty formed his own "Turning
Today, Turning Point Nation has 10 active chapters
helping the physically challenged population with a chapter opening soon in *Detroit,
My hat is off to Shorty for helping so many
people face a major turning point in their lives.
If you would like more information about the non
profit organization, Turning Point Nation, the website is http://www.turningpointnation.org or use the links above to contact the
chapters directly. The national office physical address is 403 Pacific Ave., Terrell, Texas 75160. The
telephone number is 972-524-4231.
The next time you go fishing; think about
these folks that sleep, eat, and dream of maybe getting back out on the lake one more
I would like to dedicate this article to Val
and the many other physically challenged fishing folks out there and to tell you there is hope. There are guys
including myself and women out there that would love to take you fishing...Just
Keep the Hooks