To show them our sincere gratitude for their bravery, honor, dedication and willingness to give their all, we take our soldiers fishing.
THE STORY BEHIND NAPLES TAKE A SOLDIER FISHING
In 2007, Naples couple, Steve and Jamie Loyd heard that an organization was taking military members out fishing in Tampa. Being local fishing-enthusiasts, they know Naples had some of the best fishing and tat they could bring in soldiers to give them a fun day on the waters around Southwest Florida to show appreciation for their service.
Thus, started the Naples Take A Soldier Fishing, focusing on providing a free weekend of fun and fishing for active-duty military, retired and wounded veterans.
The first year, the event hosted 35 soldiers for a one-day excursion. Today the event brings in more than 130 troops and 65+ captains for a weekend of fun and fishing.
The Loyd’s are thrilled by the response the soldiers received from the community. As more residents learn about the event, there are more individuals and businesses donating and volunteering to make each year bigger and better than the last.