Allen Park, Mich. — The Detroit Lions have announced that the second annual Bass Pro Shops KVD Charity Classic presented by Carhartt will be held Monday, June 10, at Kensington Metropark on Kent Lake in Milford, Mich. The event will benefit Living for the City, the Detroit Lions philanthropic initiative and youth and conservation efforts supported by the Kevin VanDam Foundation.
Kevin VanDam is one of the most recognized and accomplished outdoor athletes. He has won the Angler of the Year award seven times and is a four-time Bassmaster Classic Champion. The Lions and VanDam have partnered to create this unique fishing tournament to not only fish with your favorite Lions' players, but also have the opportunity to fish with other professional anglers.
“I’m a Michigan native, so my Sundays during the fall have always involved the Lions. It is with great excitement that we continue to partner on such a fun event for all involved,” said VanDam. “The other anglers and I are excited for another great event on Kent Lake.”
The tournament, facilitated by B.A.S.S., the governing body of professional fishing, will be added to the list of the Lions’ major events that support the Living for the City initiative. Lions’ Head Coach Jim Schwartz will be fishing in the event and will be joined by current and former Lions players, coaches and staff.
"This is one of the most exciting charity events for the coaching staff and players to be part of,” said Schwartz. “It allows us to spend time with some of our loyal fans while learning from some of the best anglers in the world, including the best in Kevin. As with any charity event, success is based on support from partners, so we are very appreciative of Bass Pro Shops, Carhartt and B.A.S.S.”
The event will take place on one of metro Detroit’s premier fisheries. The top three teams will receive prize packages including: rods, reels, tackle, apparel, Lions items and fishing electronics, as well as trophies. Participants will also enjoy great food and have the opportunity to bid on unique items through silent and live auctions. The competition concludes with a weigh-in and awards ceremony.
The fishing tournament is open to the public with sponsorship levels available. For more information, please visit the KevinVanDam.com tournament preview page, the KVD Charity Classic page on detroitlions.com or contact the Detroit Lions at 313-216-4000.