Basin Electric employee presents check for Cops and Kids Fishing Derby


James Decker presents check to Police Youth Bureau youth worker, Luke McKay.

The sport of fishing is much more than catching the biggest fish. To Basin Electric enterprise application architect III, James Decker, it means the chance to change a child’s life. Decker recently presented a $500 check on Basin Electric’s behalf to the Bismarck (North Dakota) Police Youth Bureau in support of the Cops and Kids Fishing Derby. The derby is held on Harmon Lake. It is put on by the Police Youth Bureau, whose goal is to build relationships with youth and divert at-risk youth from falling subject to the environment that surrounds them.

Decker has been involved in the Cops and Kids Fishing Derby for four years, and doesn’t see his involvement ending anytime soon. Decker volunteers his time and his boat to the tournament.

“Over 40 boats with community volunteers and police officers take kids out fishing for the first part of the morning, then we play games and go back out fishing to finish off the day,” Decker says. “The funds for the check go towards fishing poles, tackle, and gift cards for the kids.”

This event is free of charge for the kids. They get a chance to win door prizes such as fishing gear and gift cards. On top of that, they make memories that last a lifetime.

“It is really something when you see the kids’ eyes light up when they catch that fish, I know that feeling. The best part is when they remember you and run up to you in public after the derby. This program really impacts some kids’ lives, that’s what makes it all worth it,” Decker says.

This community involvement represents the cooperative principle of concern for community.

The tournament will take place on July 31. Decker says if anyone would like to get involved, the derby can always use more boats.

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