"We consider it a honor & privilege to have an opportunity to organize the Troop Appreciation Fishing Derby.
Thank You to the men & women of America's arm services - GOD bless you!"
Pictured to the left are the organizers of the Troop Appreciation Foundation events, Bill Strong & Capt. Mike Glover
Captain Mike Glover (803) 609-0066
Bill Strong (803) 467-6654
"Our heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place - Our Armed Forces & First Responders."
The Fishing Derby was born in 2012
2012 - 43 active duty troops
15 volunteer captains with fishing boats
2013 - 65 active duty troops
21 volunteer captains with fishing boats
2014 – 78 active duty troops and 15 wounded warriors, 93 troops,
31 volunteer captains with fishing boats
2015 – 63 wounded warriors signed up
28 volunteer captains with fishing boats
2016 - 53 wounded warriors with
19 volunteer captains with fishing boats
2017 - 65 wounded warriors fishing derby
2017 - Law Enforcement Fishing Round Up (31 DNR & Deputy Sheriff's).
2018 - 69 wounded warriors participated with 22 volunteer captains with fishing boats, 272 striped bass caught.
2019 - 69 wounded warriors participated with 26 volunteer captains with fishing boats, 350 striped bass were caught
2020 - Event postponed due to COVID-19
The Troop Appreciation Fishing Derby was started in 2012 by Capt. Mike Glover, a Lake Murray fishing guide, while on a guided fishing trip with Army officers asked a simple question:
“If I could get some friends to donate a day of service taking troops fishing could you get soldiers to go?"
The answer was a resounding YES! As a result, 15 boats outfitted by local fishermen took 43 troops on what turned out to be the first annual fishing trip.
Pictured here are Colonel Christopher R. Forsythe (center) & two officers that were on the fishing trip that led to annual event.