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Book Report by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
January 20, 2010, 3:03 pm
Filed under: Fishing | Tags: ,

I do not read a lot of books.  Perhaps I should say that I do not seem to take the time to read a lot of books.  There are several magazines and other pieces of literature I read regularly, and occasionally I get around to reading a book.  One of my Christmas gifts this year was Coach Osborne’s latest book, Beyond the Final Score.

Yes, I am a rabid Husker fan, and Dr. Tom’s book would be of interest to any fan of The University of Nebraska athletics.  But as you might expect Beyond the Final Score is about a lot more than Nebraska football.

In the book Dr. Tom recounts the events of his life since his retirement from coaching.  In doing that he shares his beliefs about leadership, serving, and other topics.  Anyone familiar with Coach Osborne knows that he and his wife Nancy founded the Teammates Mentoring Program, http://www.teammates.org/ , and he also spends some time in the book addressing the need to mentor youth in our society.

OK, I know you are reading this and thinking “Come on, Daryl, what does this have to do with fishing, or the outdoors?”  Well, it does, very much so.  Most folks are also aware that Coach Osborne is an avid outdoorsman, especially fisherman, and he recounts some memories and fish stories in the book.  It all comes together because I can think of few ways to mentor youth that would be better than spending time with them in the outdoors, time with them fishing.  Coach Osborne would agree with me!

I have used my blog more than once to encourage you to find someone who has not fished before, or has not fished for a long time, and take them fishing!  In fact I would encourage you to find someone you can mentor.

While I am on the topic . . .

More Youth Fishing Instructors Will Be Certified

LINCOLN, Neb. – Additional workshops have been scheduled for adults who want to be certified as volunteer youth fishing instructors for the Youth Fishing Program, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Certified instructors will learn how to put on fishing programs, derbies and club activities for children and families. Instructors will have the use of free fishing tackle and educational resources at clinics. They also will have access to free camping at state parks when volunteering as a fishing host.

Andrea Faas, aquatic education specialist for the Commission, will share materials, resources, tips, group management skills, important fishing topics, and plans for leading youth fishing activities.

The following is the list of youth fishing instructor certification workshops:

— Feb. 6 – Gretna, 10 a.m.-noon, Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium at Schramm Park State Recreation Area (SRA);

— Feb. 22 – South Sioux City, 6-7:30 p.m., City Hall;

— March 24 – Ogallala, 6-8 p.m., Lake McConaughy Visitor Center;

— March 25 – Chadron, 6-8 p.m., Chadron State College Student Center;

— April 27 – Broken Bow, 6-8 p.m., Chamber of Commerce building;

— May 12 – Kearney, 6-8 p.m., Fort Kearny SRA Lake No. 6.

Contact Faas at (402) 332-3901 or andrea.faas@nebraska.gov to register.

Find someone and GO FISH!

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