Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison lists four things that “make me tick.” They are his family, his faith, his foundation and fishing.
He will put all to use April 9-10 with a fishing tournament at Lake Fork in East Texas. The tournament, sponsored by Robison’s “Reel ’Em In Foundation,” will raise money for Texas-based K9s4COPS.
Celebrities and athletes have committed to the event, which will offer a grand prize of $3,000 in the open tournament April 9, plus live and silent auctions and a sponsor boat tournament April 10.
Entry fee is $150 per boat.
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K9s4Cops has raised enough money to place more than 100 dogs in 68 agencies and 12 schools in 28 states since its inception in 2010. Each canine costs $10,000-$15,000.
“I knew the first one was going to be a challenge, just getting the word out,” Robison said. “I’ll find it successful if we can raise enough money for it to have been worthwhile for us. Obviously, this is something I’m passionate about. I want it to be successful. As long as K9s4COPS is happy with the turnout we get, then I’m happy.”
Robison has some big names joining him, including NFL players Adrian Peterson, Terence Newman, Sharrif Floyd, Kevin Williams and Aaron Williams. Professional Bass Angler Bernard “Fat Cat” Newton also has committed.
Robison, who played at the University of Texas and makes his off-season home in Tomball, hopes to make it an annual tournament.
“That would be the goal — for this to be something we can do every year to help others,” said Robison, who also plans to hold a fishing tournament in Minnesota this summer.
He and his wife, barrel racer Jayme Robison, started the foundation last year as a way to give back. They will partner with existing charitable organizations and picked K9s4COPS for the first tournament because Brian Robison’s father worked as a Houston police officer for more than 30 years.
K9s4COPS, a Houston-based charity, has raised enough funds to place more than 100 dogs in 68 agencies and 12 schools in 28 states since its inception in 2010. Each canine costs $10,000-$15,000.