The 2nd Annual Casting for Hope Cherokee Classic held in June was a big success. The Cherokee Tribe’s fish and wildlife division graciously donated $6,000 to Casting for Hope as the prize money for the top three teams in the field of 16 two-person squads. It was an outstanding day of being on the water fishing for a cause. The top prize winners were Patrick Clark and Ricky Ozmar, taking home $3,000; Scott Enloe and Cherokee’s own Michael Bradley, taking home $2,000; and Casting for Hope’s co-founders John Zimmerman and Taylor Sharp taking a 3rd place, donating their $1,000 in prize money back to the Casting for Hope programming funds.
John and Taylor started Casting for Hope back in 2011 after they fished together in a one-day competition on the Davidson River, hosted by Davidson River Outfitters to support Casting for Recovery. Blending their skill sets of seeing potential and starting new programs. Their first Casting for Hope tournament was November 2011. One of the favorite parts of the Cherokee Classic this year was the new faces in the lineup. The father-son team of the Garretts used the tournament as their Father’s Day weekend centerpiece and Mike Kinner who “had the time of his life” and is already eager for the next Casting for Hope competition.