Former Rams quarterback Jim Everett (center) leads the Fish for Life dance on an October fishing trip for children and teens with special needs. Photo: Jeff Smith
Former Rams quarterback Jim Everett (center) leads the Fish for Life dance on an October fishing trip for children and teens with special needs. Photo: Jeff Smith

By Andrea Papagianis

For the last four years, Fish for Life has been spreading the love one fishing trip at a time.

Now, the local, all-volunteer nonprofit is reaching out to the community to keep excursions for children and young adults with special needs sponsored for another season. Saturday, May 30 brings around the fourth installment of one of Fish for Life’s largest funding sources—the Texas Hold ‘em Tournament.

Seat reservations cost $100 and give participants the chance to give back while competing against some of the sporting world’s greats. Former NFL players Jim Everett, Steve Beuerlein, Hoby Brenner, Billy Joe Hobert and Dave Wilson will be joined by former MLB pitchers Chuck Finley and Jaret Wright at the tables. Heavyweight, mixed-martial artist Eddie Sanchez will also join the competition.

Players who knock one of the sports legends out of play will win special prizes. Prizes will also be given to the first- through fifth-place tournament finishers. Blackjack and roulette will also be played for raffle tickets and prizes. Each registered player will receive a fishing pass from Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching and appetizers will be provided.

The tournament starts at 6 p.m. at the Talega Golf Course, located at 990 Avenida Talega in San Clemente. To register, contact Fish for Life founder Jim Holden at 949.258.8819 or visit www.fishforlife.org.

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