Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Mahogany Youth Corporation teamed up to give a group of young children a fun filled day of fishing on Thursday. Mahogany’s mission is to offer children the opportunity to learn how to fish, and using fishing as a means to stray away from potentially destructive and criminal behaviors.
“We’ve worked with a lot of kids and we teach them more than fishing,” said Kathleen Elliott-O’Bryant, the group’s Vice President of Marketing. “We teach them to stay in school, how to stay away from drugs, how to stay out of gangs and we do life skills with them.”
Approximately 20 children from Mahogany were at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where they participated in a miniature fishing tournament at the largest of the three lakes on the track’s premises.
“This is exciting and this is some place they would never be able to come on their own,” Said Elliott-O’Bryant. “As we were driving along and they saw the Speedway they were just like, ‘wow!’”
The kids, along with some of the parents and supervisors had a wonderful time reeling in various species of fish and weighing them in hopes of catching the day’s biggest fish. Overall, it was a truly gratifying experience for the children and everyone involved.
*Editor’s note: Attached are two photos from the event today at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
About Mahogany Youth Corporation
The mission of Mahogany Youth Corporation is to empower kids to expand their possibilities through fishing. We strive to give youth an opportunity to develop skills and enhance their self-esteem. Since 1994 we’ve delivered a program titled “Teach a Child to Fish” to teach youth sport fishing and safe boating. We teach the kids to fish and enjoy the outdoors while teaching life skills to stay off drugs, in school and out of gangs. We provide exceptional experiences for youth during afterschool, out of school and Saturday programs. We also recently started snorkeling and scuba program for the children.
About Homestead-Miami Speedway
The Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The 650-acre facility is active more than 280 days per year, and features a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course. The track generates more than $250 million annually for the region. For the 13th consecutive year, NASCAR will crown champions in all three of its premier series at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend (November 14-16). The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season will again culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 400, which is broadcast live on TV by ESPN to 200 countries in 24 languages. It also will air on radio by MRN and its affiliates throughout the country. For the first time, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series will crown its champion based on a 10-race, 16-driver elimination series. The four remaining drivers who have advanced from the previous rounds in the Chase For The Sprint Cup will compete amongst a full 43-car field at the Ford EcoBoost 400, with the highest finisher among those four drivers earning the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship.