IBEW Local 113, in Colorado Springs, CO, recently partnered with the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance to put together a family-friendly fishing derby. It’s important for the union to get families and kids outside and have a nice outing with brothers and sisters.

At the fishing derby, kids learned to have patience to catch a fish. They learned that not only is it fun and relaxing, but it’s also an opportunity to bond with friends and family.

Remy Ruppe, Journeyman Wireman, IBEW Local 113, said, “It teaches kids a lot, like responsibility, keeping the environment clean, respecting the outdoors and nature, and that there’s more to life. You have to slow down and take a breath. Coming out and fishing, if you take your time and think about what you’re doing, follow the steps, then you’re rewarded with the outcome you’re looking for.”

Another goal of the fishing derby to help highlight misinformation about what unions are about. The purpose of unions is to make sure everyone makes a living wage, comes home safe after work, and enjoys things like fishing derbies.

Thanks to the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance who stepped up to the plate, donated fishing rods, and gave IBEW Local 113 the avenue to do the event.


Kenny Cooper

IBEW International President Kenny Cooper has been working with the IBEW Hour Power team since he was appointed International President in 2023. President Cooper creates short videos entitled “President’s Message” to bring important announcements and inspirational messages right to your computer screen.

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