Hennepin County Sheriff Foundation


Minneapolis Kids Are Hooked on Fishing Not On Drugs

The Hennepin County Sheriff Personnel Partner with Local Kids To Lure In Positive Relationships and Hopefully a Few Fish!

The Hennepin County Sheriff Foundation (HCSF) in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities was proud to host the 8th Annual Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) event. HOFNOD is a national program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice with support from Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the county.

The program is designed to engage local law enforcement agencies to teach angling skills to kids, reinforce personal development and positive life skills and to connect with nature. “Through great community partnerships, this program has created the opportunity for inner city kids to come out and experience the great outdoors in Minnesota,” said Sheriff Rich Stanek. “It also gives us an opportunity to build positive relationships while teaching the children boating safety and of course, how to catch a BIG ONE,” adds Stanek.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities have recruited local club kids to participate in this year’s event on Lake Minnetonka. “We are thrilled that our kids have the opportunity to again experience a fun outdoor activity with these great partners,” says Erin Carlin, President of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities. “Learning about fishing from professionals and water safety from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s office is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

The Hennepin County Sheriff Foundation supports the 120 volunteer special deputies throughout the Sheriff’s office while providing programmatic support for youth programs in the community.