Eleven years in the past, William “Big Will” Dunn set out on a mission to assist a younger baby rising up without a father determine. He turned to the one factor that introduced him peace as a child: fishing. 

Since then, Dunn has devoted his life to serving to foster children and people who are rising up without a father determine by taking them on fishing excursions in Clearwater, Florida, by means of his nonprofit Take a Kid Fishing Inc. 

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Dunn has labored with hundreds of children as a part of the fishing program, however it began with one essential baby: Cameron Delong, who was 8 years outdated on the time. 

“I saw this young boy that was frustrated and showed anger. [I] didn’t know why until I found out his father was not in his life,” Dunn instructed Fox News. 

William Dunn taking kids fishing in Clearwater, Florida. 

William Dunn taking youngsters fishing in Clearwater, Florida. 
( Take a Kid Fishing Inc. CEO William Dunn )

Eventually, Dunn approached Delong’s mother and requested if he may take him fishing. 

“I knew how special it was when my dad took me,” Dunn mentioned. “Just being out on the water is like being out on another world. I can’t explain it.” 

Dunn admitted that he had a “rough upbringing in Miami,” however noticed fishing as an escape. 

It was the very factor that “relieved all anxiety and stress that I had built up through the day,” he mentioned. 

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William Dunn taking kids fishing in Clearwater, Florida. 

William Dunn taking youngsters fishing in Clearwater, Florida. 
(Take a Kid Fishing Inc. CEO William Dunn )

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Suddenly, Dunn began to see a optimistic change in Delong. 

He began doing higher in class, exhibiting extra respect to his mother, and “just becoming more of a man of the household because his dad was still not in his life,” Dunn mentioned. 

“I’d get off of work at 5 and he’d be over the house loading fishing rods in the back of my truck,” Dunn mentioned. “We fished a lot. Two to three days a week plus the weekends.” 

After seeing the change in Delong’s life, Dunn mentioned it grew to become his “life calling to help other kids that are fatherless.”

A child fishing with William Dunn's nonprofit, Take a Kid Fishing Inc. 

A baby fishing with William Dunn’s nonprofit, Take a Kid Fishing Inc. 
(Take a Kid Fishing Inc. CEO William Dunn )

He started reaching out to foster houses and began taking teams of 20 to 25 youngsters on a fishing constitution out of Clearwater, Florida, each Saturday. 

He did so out of his personal pocket.

“We take them out, show them a good day and spend time with them and everything,” he mentioned. “Just to get out of the boat you see the difference in them.”

These excursions, in response to Dunn’s web site, train children “life skills and responsibility inside and outside of the classroom” reminiscent of studying persistence, teamwork, and the best way to calm down and keep away from making harsh and rash selections. 

“Fishing also teaches them to support each other whether they win or lose (catch a fish or not),” his web site says. 

Take a Kid Fishing Inc. CEO William Dunn fishing with a child. 

Take a Kid Fishing Inc. CEO William Dunn fishing with a baby. 
(Take a Kid Fishing Inc. CEO William Dunn )

Three years in the past, Take a Kid Fishing Inc. formally grew to become a nonprofit, permitting Dunn to just accept donations.

Over the previous 11 years, Dunn says these children have turn out to be part of his household. 

And, Dunn mentioned he nonetheless goes out on the water with now 19-year-old Delong, who views Dunn as a father determine.