The event is free of charge and provided for persons with disabilities, disadvantaged youth and veterans. All you need to bring is a lawn chair. Fishing poles and bait are provided. Lunch is also provided.

The Challenged Outdoorsmen of America is an organization dedicated to providing persons with disabilities, veterans and disadvantaged families unlimited opportunities in the outdoors. The COA Arkansas Chapter will be holding their annual Fishing Derby at 10 a.m. on May 13 at the Crenshaw Springs Water Park Pond, in White Hall.

The event is free of charge and provided for persons with disabilities, disadvantaged youth and veterans. All you need to bring is a lawn chair. Fishing poles and bait are provided. Lunch is also provided.

Robert Tallman, President is passionate about the fact that “Disabilities do not handicap outdoorsmen.” According to Tallman Arkansas is a state with so many wonderful opportunities to fish, hunt and observe wildlife and special needs individuals want to experience these things just like any other person. COA Arkansas’ goal is to make this happen.

Events are held throughout the year to give special needs individuals the opportunity to fish, hunt or just watch wildlife. It takes dedicated outdoorsmen to make it happen, but they do.

With the help of volunteers everywhere many special needs individuals have had the opportunity to experience harvesting their first deer or catching that big bass. Tallman says that through their organization a blind man was able to harvest a deer, as well as a quadriplegic girl. Through COA and their sponsors they have been able to touch many lives across the United States and Arkansas.

For more information about this event or how you can help contact Robert Tallman at 870-917-7765 or check them out on Facebook at Challenged Outdoorsmen of America Arkansas Chapter.