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S City Outdoors hosting charity fishing tournament in Chartiers Park

Nathan Smith

Dan Krivanek’s passion for the outdoors has been a way for him to give back.

A teacher with the Chartiers Valley School District, a few students took notice of fishing photos on his desk. The students asked if Krivanek would take them fishing and teach them about the outdoors. He promised to do it once they graduated.

And Krivanek kept his word. It turned out some of those students lacked a father figure to share the experiences with. It inspired Krivanek to educate and help future students who expressed an interest.

It also led him to start the S City Outdoors apparel company.

“One of the kids said we were like a team and we should have a shirt as part of the team,” Krivanek said. “Before I knew it, I was designing specialized apparel for hunting and fishing.”

Since starting S City Outdoors with co-owner Rider Dinnen, Krivanek has found another way to give back with the company’s annual charity fishing event.

S City Outdoors will be sponsoring its third annual charity fishing tournament on June 22. The event will take place at Chartiers Park in Bridgeville. The event will run from 7 a.m. until noon. The entry free is $80 per team with two fishermen allowed per team.

The primary fishing waters for the tournament will be Chartiers Creek and Canonsburg Lake. The length of the fish will determine the winner. Once a competitor catches a fish, they will take a photo with a phone or digital camera and release the fish.

The tournament is open to anglers 18 years and older. Fishermen between the ages of 12 and 17 can enter with parental consent. Individuals under the age of 12 can compete with parental consent and a participating partner over the age of 18.

“This isn’t a tournament for pro anglers,” Krivanek said. “We have children and family there. We have breakfast and lunch, and we have giveaways. This is a community event. This goes above fishing. It is about giving back.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hope for Heroes Foundation. The organization’s goal is to take military, fire, police and EMS personnel who experienced life-altering disabilities while in the line of duty on outdoor trips.

The event has grown each year since it started. The first year attracted 40 fishermen. The second year grew to 125. Krivanek expects it to break 175 anglers this year. The sponsorship list has also grown. The first year featured 20 sponsors. This year’s event has nearly doubled that. Bass Pro Shops and Cabelas are helping sponsor the tournament for the first time.

The winners will receive prize packages that can include fishing charters, compound archery bows, gift cards, fishing equipment and more.

“Without our sponsors, we couldn’t do this event,” Krivanek said. “We are a small community business. Without our sponsors, we couldn’t give back like we do.”

Early registration is open and includes extra benefits the morning of the tournament. Check in will be the morning of the tournament at 6:15 a.m. For more details or to register, visit www.scityoutdoors.com.

Nathan Smith is a freelance writer.

Categories: Sports | Outdoors
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