Fishing Derby by COA Arkansas Chapter

Participant in the COA Arkansas fishing derby. Credit: COA Arkansas Chapter

Coming Your Way Soon:  Annual Challenged Outdoorsmen Fishing Derby

The annual Challenged Outdoorsmen fishing derby for individuals with disabilities will be held in White Hall on May 13.  The Challenged Outdoorsmen of America (COA) Arkansas Chapter offers this FREE event to allow persons with disabilities an opportunity to participate in outdoor events.  Did you know this had been around a while, right in your own backyard?  The COA is excited to serve our community’s outdoorsmen.  This nonprofit’s officers and volunteers run outdoor sporting events for those with physical and other challenges.  And on May 13, they are holding a fishing derby in White Hall, Arkansas.  Here are event details followed by more information about COA:

Fishing derby flyer. Challenged Outdoorsmen of America, Arkansas Chapter. May 2017. Credit: COA Arkansas ChapterAnnual Fishing Derby / COA Arkansas Chapter

Saturday, May 13, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Crenshaw Springs Water Park Pond
9801 Dollarway Road
Whitehall, Arkansas 71602

Outdoor Activities and Fellowship

Outdoor activities and fellowship are the main focus of the event according to the Arkansas Chapter’s Facebook page.  The COA is a non-profit organization that received its charter on March 4th, 2003, for the encouragement and opportunity of organized outdoor activities among challenged outdoorsmen as well as disadvantaged youth.  COA believes in giving the challenged outdoorsmen and youth the pride of belonging to a group where fellowshipping, working hard and serving others is rewarded by improving the quality of life through outdoor activities.

Training and Mentoring

COA spends time organizing and assisting hunts and fishing derbies.  They enjoy hikes and picnics; even their fundraisers are fun, offering fellowship along with events such as dinners and auctions.  COA goes even further than that, though. They teach participants about the sports and required gear, gun safety, hiking and general outdoor safety, nature, and nature conservation.  In the process, they develop friendships and provide mentoring for many youth.

COA Arkansas Chapter

If you would like to contact the COA Arkansas Chapter, here is their information.  They would love to hear from you.
Logo for Challenged Outdoorsmen of America (COA), Arkansas Chapter. Credit: COA Arkansas Chapter

Challenged Outdoorsmen of America Arkansas Chapter


  • Robert Tallman, President
  • Stephen Harris, Vice President
  • Jennifer Nicole Colvin Brooks, Secretary
  • Cindy Brown Dunn, Treasurer

Advisory Committee

  • Chase Ward
  • Chris Jacks
  • Erick Cody
  • Ricky Williams
  • Baylee Jacks

COA Main Chapter

The national level Challenged Outdoorsmen of America (COA), chartered in February of 2002, includes a main chapter headquartered in Texarkana as well as chapters in Arkansas, Texas (two additional chapters), Illinois, and Nebraska.  The brainchild of Chris Alford, the COA originated in Texarkana, Texas.  Mr. Alford had previously participated in The Wheeling Sportsman in another state and wanted the same opportunity in Texarkana.  So, in 2001, he simply decided he would create his own group:  The Texarkana Challenged Outdoorsmen.  In the process, he joined forces with Donna Turner who helped organize events.  After the first big hunt in January of 2002, the group became a formal nonprofit, chartered in February of that same year.  Over time, the organization expanded into multiple states and changed its name to the Challenged Outdoorsmen of America.


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