The annual Special Olympics Fishing Derby is one of the Mianus Chapter's most popular event for members and volunteers. For more than a decade the annual derby at the pond at Merwin Meadows Park in Wilton has helped athletes from Connecticut Special Olympics learn how to fish and also win 5 different $1,000 prizes to help fund their team's training and travel expenses.
It doesn't take much to volunteer and the rewards are beyond description. To see an athlete reel in what very well may be the first fish of their life and then beam with joy, pride and a sense of accomplishment is beyond compare. Everyone helping out at the event can't help but leave with a big smile on their face.
This year's derby takes place on Saturday, October 7, 2017, with volunteer preparation and setup starting at 9 a.m., registration beginning at 10:30 a.m., the derby running from around 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a complimentary lunch and awards ceremony for athletes and volunteers following. We expect more than 75 athletes and their families, so we'll need all the help we can get.
Volunteers are needed to:
Set up and prepare rods and tackle
Partner one-on-one with an athlete
Serve as judges, measuring and recording fish caught
Rove the pond as "tackle experts" untangling line and making minor repairs
You won;t want to miss this fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity!
LOCAL RIVER RESTORATION PROJECTS Since 1973, the Mianus Chapter has been restoring local rivers and improving habitat for trout and other aquatic life.
In recent years, work has focused on the Norwalk River, where the chapter has protected a spawning wild brown trout population, and on the Mianus River, where work on our namesake stream continues to enhance the fishing and improve the river.
MIANUS CHAPTER GEAR Fish the local rivers in style and proclaim your support for local river restoration with new Mianus Chapter gear.
Fishing caps available in Navy, Green, Khaki, Black and Red feature the chapter logo on the front and the words "Coldwater Conservation" on the back. Light-weight fishing shirts, available in White, Light Blue and Green, are perfect for a day on the stream.