Kids Can Fish is a state and federally recognized 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. All of our camps, clinics, and outreach are funded by our website merchandise sales, sponsors, and donations! Our mission is to teach kids the fundamentals of fishing and to most importantly HAVE FUN!!!
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Tom was born and raised outside of Cleveland, Ohio by parents who raised him and his three brothers to love the outdoors. In his youth he fished the great lakes area avidly for Largemouth Bass, Walleye, and Steelhead and spent many summers fishing the diverse ecosystem of the Florida Everglades.
Tom graduated from The Ohio State University and from Hocking College earning degrees in Natural Resources and Wildlife Management at each academic institution.
Tom now resides in southeast Georgia with his wife Marisa, daughter Caroline,10 and son Graham, 7. Tom believes that families are "Bonded by Fishing" and strives to raise his family with the same passion and love for wildlife that he was taught by his parents as a child.
Marisa was born in St. Louis, MO and lived there most of her life. She spent much of her childhood at the Lake of the Ozarks with her Grandparents, Parents, and siblings. They would go boating, ride jet skis, and fish!
Marisa graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies.
Marisa's true joy in life is to see her children, Caroline and Graham getting outside and doing what they love!
Born and raised in New Mexico and was exposed at an early age to all things outdoors by my dad who is still my favorite outdoorsman and mentor that taught my brother and I the arts of fishing, hunting and conserving our natural resources. We had many adventures that ranged from fly fishing backpack trips in Colorado, deer and bird hunting all over the southwest, to my first exposure to saltwater fishing in Corpus Cristy, Texas.
After school, I joined the Air Force and it took me all over the world, and many different fisheries. By far my favorite was a job I took after my military time was over in the Marshall Islands which really ignited my passion for saltwater fishing. My biggest catch there by far was my wife, Lacey who ultimately blessed me beyond belief with Madison, 9 and Parker, 6. We now live on the coast of southeast Georgia where we fish as often as we can and the environment provides me the opportunity to pass my love for the outdoors to my kids, just like my dad did for me.
My hope is to inspire others to get out there and find one, catch one and share it with someone special.