The 2008 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament, which benefits the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, has announced plans to honor two Hodges University veteran students. The International Game Fish Association certified tournament will be held October 3 through 5. On the evening p
rior to the tournament, the two students will be honored at a private “Stars & Stripes” reception. Chad Coleman, former U.S. Marine who served in Iraq, and Bruce Botts, formerly with the National Guard, will attend an invitation-only reception as well as participate in the tournament.
“The Conservancy wanted to reach out to those who have given us the freedom to have such an enjoyable event,” said tournament chair Andy Hill. “We couldn’t think of a better way to do it than by having a team from Hodges University, represented by the American Military Veterans Education Fund, join us in the tournament. We’re all so grateful for everything our Armed Forces do for our country.”
Hodges University prides itself on being veteran-friendly. “We’ve seen a significant increase in the number of veteran students who are coming to Hodges,” said Dr. Lou Traina, vice president of University Advancement at the University. “Education is the tool that will help these heroes provide for their families and serve our community in countless ways, and they are finding that education at Hodges. We applaud the Conservancy for honoring these heroes,” he said.
Roland Martin, legendary angler and television host of the "Fishing with Roland Martin Show," will host the three-day tournament, a benefit to raise funds for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida water quality programs. The kick-off party and auction is Friday, October 3 at the Naples Harbour Yacht Club. Anglers will launch from Naples, Goodland and Chokoloskee Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5. The awards ceremony is Sunday evening, October 5.
For more information regarding the tournament, visit www.theredsnook.com. Information about Hodges University can be found at www.hodges.edu.