Spring Tournament Cancelled
The 29th annual Spring Suncoast Kingfish Classic (SKC) is officially cancelled due to COVID-19. While we understand the circumstances surrounding the current pandemic are constantly evolving, we believe holding an event that draws a large crowd would not be safe or in the best interest of our community due to uncertainty and a lot of unknowns. We appreciate your ongoing support during this time! We want our valued sponsors, volunteers, staff, anglers, vendors, entertainment and crowds; to stay healthy during this time and be ready to have the BEST FALL Suncoast Kingfish Classic on October 8 ‑ 10, 2020!
As many of you know, this tournament directly benefits “Ready for Life”, a 501(c) (3), dedicated to helping former foster youth make a successful transition to adulthood. Through their local, solution-based skill center they provide support, resources and guidance to inspire and empower former foster youth (and their children). They assist in the areas of homelessness prevention, education, employment, lifeline support networks, mental health, emergency needs, mentoring, and meals. They are also a vital part of our volunteer staff at our events.
Our SKC tournaments donate about $40,000 per year to this great organization. Without the Spring tournament, we are unable to contribute 50% of these funds to help them with a variety of necessary services for their youth. This shortfall is devastating to these youth and we are looking for ways to bridge this gap.
How You Can Assist / Donate:
FOOD AND GIFT CARD RELIEF: If you are able or have contacts who could donate food items, access to food at a discounted cost so that they may provide meals to their families (75-100 people/week), and/or grocery gift cards, email Michelle Walag at MWalag@readyforlifepinellas.org.
MONETARY DONATION: They just created a “Ready for Tomorrow Crisis Relief Campaign” to seek donations to support our youth, while adapting to the ever-changing circumstances due to COVID-19. For monetary gift donations to help with the many other crisis relief efforts needed, please click on the button below.
In closing, everyone knows if we all stick together as the “fishing family” we have always been, we will all get through this unprecedented time. Continue to check back on our website and Facebook page regularly for updates about the Fall SKC Tournament.
29th Fall Suncoast Kingfish Classic
Oct 8th – 10th, 2020