By Submitted Story on April 2, 2021
The 2021 NC Lions VIP Fishing Tournament, scheduled for this fall, has been cancelled due to public health concerns related to the coronavirus. The tournament’s governing board made the difficult decision in the interest of protecting its vulnerable participants and volunteers. If you have already submitted for application and paid for your registration, you will receive a refund.
The decision was not made easily or lightly. After consultation with officials at the Dare County Health Department, along with social service workers, group leaders from across North Carolina, and statewide Lions, tournament organizers expressed concern that the safety of our participants and volunteers could not be guaranteed due to the large number of people who typically attend the event. The tournament was scheduled for Oct. 18-20.
“To host an event of this magnitude takes months of planning, preparation, and fund raising,” said Gwen White, executive director. “While we are deeply disappointed with the decision to cancel the event for a second year in a row, we must keep the health of everyone involved foremost in our concerns.”
Billed as the world’s largest fishing tournament for the blind and visually impaired, the event typically attracts more than 900 from across North Carolina, along with visually impaired participants from seven other states and Canada.
An on-line auction to support the NC Lions VIP Fishing Tournament kicked off on Thursday, April 1. The 30-day auction features more than 90 items. Visit www.ncvipfishing.org to register and see all the items offered.