Beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, kids with the Valley Children’s Hospital Adaptive Sports Program and all veterans, active or retired will celebrate a day of fun at Bass Lake Water Sports, as they go fishing, kayaking, and are treated to a delicious barbecue, all for free.
Tom Tuso, owner of Bass Lake Water Sports, said the public is invited to join in the Heroes’ Day Big and Little, with 100% of proceeds donated to Our Heroes Dreams, a nonprofit organization, and Valley Children’s Hospital.
“This is a great opportunity to give back, and to put a big smile on the faces of families that don’t get an opprtunity to do this,” Tuso said. “And it’s nice that we can give back to the veterans and the service men and women who are constantly giving us their time and dedication.”
The Adaptive Sports Program provides team and recreational activities for people with physical disabilities and impairments.
Kids and veterans will be able to use all non-motorized equipment at Bass Lake Water Sports for free, Tuso said, with free rides on the Bass Lake Queen provided to them and the public as well.
The day will open at 8 a.m. with a salute by the Bass Lake Fire Department, and the national anthem played by the Yosemite High School Color Guard.
Later on, a “huge” barbecue lunch will be provided, Tuso said.
Volunteers at the event include Oakhurst’s Caring Veterans of America, Inc. and American Legion Post #110, as well as staff from Visit Yosemite | Madera County, Tuso said.
Bass Lake Water Sports has previously welcomed kids from the Adaptive Sports Program and veterans to the lake, Tuso said, but this will be the first large-scale event. He hopes many from the public attend to join in the fun.
“I’ve had this in mind for many years,” Tuso said. “We’ve done other discounts or non-profit activities, but we’ve never had an event close to this one.”
Details: Bass Lake Water Sports, (559) 642-3200, basslakeboatrentals.com.