Articles In the News About I’m Hooked, Inc.
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service –
“Wil Warren, co-founder and Executive Director of I’m Hooked Inc., likes to tell the story of his father taking him fishing when he was a boy. The smell of the air, the quiet of the morning, and the thrill of catching a fish — these wonderful memories are what Wil wanted to pass on to the next generation. He began in 1989 by connecting 50 youth to fishing at a one-day event at Henry Hagg Lake. As it strides toward its 30th anniversary, the I’m Hooked Free Youth & Family Fishing Weekend is now a two-day event — the first weekend every June — that attracts more than 1,200 youth and their families.”
- Tualatin Life –
“Nearly 500 children ages 6 to 18 attend this yearly event, which utilizes 25 boats, hundreds of adult supervisors and volunteers. Children are provided with rods, reels, life vests, snacks and training for the event. Wil Warren of I’m Hooked, Inc began the non-profit in 1988 as a way to build relationships between adult mentors and children who need them most. The first year included 75 at-risk children from Portland. Following years expanded to include foster children and now the event offers registration to all children.”