In 2012, a 17-year-old student named Riley Laymon had a dream to launch a high school bass fishing program in North Carolina. Inspired by the national movement elevating bass fishing to the same level as other school-sponsored team sports, Riley wrote a letter to his favorite teacher at Weddington High School outlining his vision.
Only weeks after his letter was written, Riley was killed in an automobile accident. In the wake of their son’s death, Riley’s parents, Tom and Lisa Laymon, received a copy of the letter that Riley had written outlining his desire to see a fishing club started at his school. With the support of friends, family, and the Charlotte community, the Laymons launched Riley’s Catch, a high school bass fishing club, and laid the foundation to see Riley’s dream come to life.
Since Riley’s Catch began, hundreds of students have been impacted through the power of Riley’s vision, using fishing and the outdoors as the context for inviting them into a greater life.
RILEY’S CATCH PILLARS
FUN – ENJOYING THE DAY AND THOSE YOU ARE SHARING IT WITH. SEE THE POTENTIAL IN THE SITUATION.
FRIENDSHIP – UNDERSTANDING EACH OTHERS’ NEEDS AND LENDING A HELPFUL HAND. A DEDICATION TO COMMUNITY.
FAITH – BEING ABOUT SOMETHING OTHER THAN YOURSELF. IF WE ARE ABOUT OURSELVES, WE WILL BE LIMITED TO OURSELVES.
FISHING – LEARNING THE ART AND SCIENCE OF FISHING AND THE INTERDEPENDENCY IT HAS WITH A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT.