Drink the COOL AIDE!

cool-aide-200x200I spent the last week  in Eugene, Oregon attending the 2016 TU Western Regional meeting.  There was  a statement made several times, “Drink the Koolaid”.  Over the week I started to understand what it meant. It was about the KOOL AIDE conservation and human spirit projects Trout Unlimited is actually all about.
One of the speakers was Chad Brown, Owner & CEO of Soul Rivers Runs Deep. During his introduction, Walt Gasson, Director of TU Endorsed Business, said there had been 2 people that greatly impacted his life. His wife was one, Chad was the other.  I soon realized what he meant.
Chad’s story is one that exhibits why fly fishing is more than just a sport. It connects what it can do for disable veterans, kid at risk, and a connection with nature that is unique.  Take a few minutes and enjoy the video.

Alaska Cross Cultural Exploration Short Documentary from Soul River on Vimeo.

“Veterans and inner-city youth share similar troubles. But they also have one important thing in common: the healing power of wild rivers. Getting outdoors onto protected, public lands inspires hope in both groups. It inspires hope in all of us. Let’s conserve our lands and our waters for generations of today and tomorrow.” – Chad Brown

August 2015 was a groundbreaking month – not just for Soul River Inc but for the 12 inner-city youth, seven veterans, and four volunteers who bravely embarked on our fist Alaska Expedition to the Kenai Peninsula. From Portland, Oregon to Anchorage, Alaska, we journeyed into Alaska’s wild and rugged Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The group expected the unexpected as well as the awe inspiring beauty of Alaska as we all came together on wild, scenic rivers while utilizing the art of fly fishing to build incredible outdoor skills and authentic relationships in Mother Nature’s rawest and rugged environment.

If you would like to DONATE TO SRRW 2016 PLEASE CLICK HERE. http://www.soulriverinc.org/how-can-you-help/

Big Thank you to Sponsors: U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, LOOP USA, SIMMS, ORVIS, MOUNTAIN HOUSE, COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR, TROUT UNLIMITED, FAIR FLIES, RAINEY FLIES, DAIICHI HOOKS, EVOLTWIN, OBDK , LEE KUEPPER ALASKAN GUIDE LOOP PRO TEAM, BOB TRIGGS, BIG STICK FLY FISHING, REX SPECS, SEARUN PURSUITS, ABBEY CREEK VINEYARD & OUTSIDE MAGAZINE