Making predictions is a risky business, but Randy Moss doesn’t shy away from much.
The soon-to-be Hall of Famer and one of the greatest Minnesota Vikings in franchise history was back in the Land of 10,000 lakes last weekend for current Vikings defensive end Brian Robison’s charity event.
‘I bet you we are going to win’
Robison’s charity is called the “Reel ‘Em In Foundation”; as you’d expect, his big annual event includes a fishing tournament. This year they fished in the small town of Wabasha, Minnesota (immortalized in the “Grumpy Old Men” movies), and there was an auction the night before the tournament.
Wabasha resident David Meyer paid $7,000 for the chance to be on Moss’ fishing team during the auction, and after Moss said, “We’re going to enjoy ourselves, and I bet we’re going to win this.”
He wasn’t wrong: at the end of the day on Saturday, the team of Moss, Meyer and pro fisherman Ott DeFoe were declared the winners.
But Robison wasn’t about to let Moss get all the glory for making his prediction come true.
“He backed it up, but he had a pretty good boat captain in Ott DeFoe,” Robison told the Vikings’ website. “He walked it, he talked it and came away with some hardware.”
Moss and Robison weren’t teammates in Minnesota – Robison was drafted in 2007, and by then Moss was in New England – but appreciated Moss, an avid outdoorsman, giving his time.
“He doesn’t have to say yes to this. For him to come out shows the type of character he has. I couldn’t be more appreciative of the guys that came out here,” Robison said “They are household names, and they know when they come here they are going to get bombarded by fans, but they embrace it and that’s what I love about it.”
Robison’s current teammates Linval Joseph and Everson Griffen were also part of the tournament.
Money raised helps police departments
Robison’s foundation has partnered with K9s4Cops, which helps departments get K9 partners to help their work in communities.
Thanks to past Reel ‘Em In Foundation tournaments, the sheriff’s department of Goodhue County, which neighbors Wabasha County, has three K9s. Last weekend, over $30,000 was raised for more dogs to be donated.
Robison’s father, Terry, spent 29 years in the Houston Police Department.
K9s4COPs and K9s4KIDs is excited to announce our next two K9 grants, Weatherford Police Department and Corsicana Independent School District.
The K9 Officers will be dual purpose narcotics K9s and will start training with their chosen handler in July at K9s4COPs training facility, Pacesetter K9. Both of these K9s were funded through Discount Tire’s regional philanthropy program, Driven to Care.
Stay tuned, we can’t wait for these dynamic duos to hit the streets! Stopping crime, one K9 at a time!
RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM – Texas based non-profit K9s4COPs has donated one trained K9 police officer to the Ruidoso Downs Race Track & Casino in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico.
The dual-purpose narcotics and tracking dog will be certified and partnered with a handler from the Ruidoso Police Department. K9s4COPs will work closely with the 14 month old Belgian Malinois “K9 Csini” as she begins sweeping of the race track for illegal equine performance enhancing drugs.
“Ruidoso Downs Race Track & Casino is committed to the elimination of illegal equine performance drugs such as Albuterol, Clenbuterol and numerous compounded peptides,” says Jeff True, General Manager and President.
K9 Csini will be partnered with a certified K9 handler from the Ruidoso Police Department. “We are thrilled to accept this K9 and proud to partner with K9s4COPs as we join efforts to combat the illegal equine performance drug epidemic. We thank K9s4COPs for all they do worldwide to support law enforcement agencies,” Chief Chief Darren Hooker, Ruidoso Police Department.
K9s4COPs was founded in 2010 by Texas Philanthropist, Kristi Schiller, to fund the donations of highly trained K9s to law enforcement agencies and schools around the world. These donations offset the costs of budget cuts, which can deeply affect the K9 unit. In 2014, Schiller founded the initiative K9s4KIDs, which provides trained K9s to schools and universities. Typically, each K9 can cost in range of $15,000 to a specialized K9 that can value in excess of $35,000. These essential tools are often the first to fall to department budget cuts.
“Hands down, a trained K9 is the most powerful tools that law enforcement can utilize in the war against drugs and the ability to keep our communities safe. K9s are essential tools in the pursuit of illegal contraband. I have a personal passion for Quarter Horse racing, so on behalf of K9s4COPs, we are honored to assist Ruidoso Downs Race Track in the war on illegal performance enhancing drugs,” said Schiller.
Additional information on Ruidoso Downs Race Track & Casino can be found at www.raceruidoso.com.
Brian and his wife, Jayme, have been HUGE supporters of K9s4COPs and K9s4KIDs. They started the Reel ‘Em In Foundation and decided proceeds would benefit K9s4COPs after seeing one of our K9 demos at Diamonds and Dirt. Brian’s father, Jimmy Robison, retired from the Houston Police Department after 30 years. Law enforcement holds a special place in the Robison’s heart.
Visiting the new Vikings facility! SKOL
Mark your calendars! The Reel ‘Em In Foundation Minnesota fishing tournament is coming up soon! The tournament will be hosted in Wabasha, Minnesota from June 15th – June 17th. Please visit www.brianrobison96.com for more details. All proceeds benefit K9s4COPs!
Kyle Field Day is a free service event located inside the concourse of Kyle Field in which students, families and Bryan/College Station residents can participate in 50+ creative, interactive booths set up by various on and off campus organizations to benefit their respective causes.
Kyle Field Day is hosted by Memorial Student Center Freshmen in Service and Hosting (MSC FISH), a freshmen leadership organization at Texas A&M University. Our two K9s4KIDs K9s, K9 Tyson and K9 Jackie, at Texas A&M University were even able to stop by!
Our service project at Kyle Field Day was to paint a dog house and….
THUMB-thing special! U Paint-It! here in College Station was so generous to donate the ceramic dog bowls for us to “paint” at the event. Every person that came by the K9s4COPs booth left their thumbprint on a dog bowl. We had over 1,000 people stop by!
Want one of these awesome dog bowls or dog house for yourself?! Good news, they will be auctioned off at our gala on October 10th! Stay tuned for more details!!
June 15th-17th, 2018
Please visit www.brianrobison96.com for more details! Tickets for the VIP dinner will be available to purchase soon.
All proceeds benefit K9s4COPs!
Hope to see you there!