Press Release – June 2019

Open Invitation to StarKids

Lake Fork Texas – In 2017, a South-Central Texas non-profit organization called Trinity Oaks developed the StarKids Program to bring the children of fallen combat veterans and first responders together in small groups to participate in outdoors activities. Trinity Oaks strongly believes that time spent in the outdoors by a grieving youngster with likeminded peers is extremely valuable in aiding the healing process. The results of the StarKids Program thus far have proven this to be true.  

 Independently, but near the time the StarKids Program was being developed, the Northeast Texas non-profit organization, Patriot Sporting Challenge (PSC), was formed to provide educational opportunities for the offspring of fallen veterans and first responders. To that end PSC teamed with other nationally-known non-profits and sponsors in 2017 and 2018 to generate substantial scholarship funding for the children of lost military veterans through the highly respected Folds of Honor Foundation.

Trinity Oaks and PSC have been very successful in their separate ventures, and because both have common interests in expanding their support for the legacies of fallen heroes, they have joined forces for a special outdoors event for the StarKids of Northeast Texas. The event, PSC Legacy Day, will be held from  8:30 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the Links at Land’s End golf course located on Lake Fork. PSC Legacy Day is open to all qualified StarKids, ages 10-18.    

During PSC Legacy Day, the StarKids, along with a mentor of their families choosing, will be able to participate in golf, fishing, archery, and air rifle training. Golf will be taught by instructors from the Land’s End Golf Course. Lake Fork fishing will be hosted by the Army Bass Anglers (ABA) organization.  ABA Professional Anglers will assist the StarKids in developing their fishing skills and each youngster will have an opportunity to ride with an ABA Pro Angler on a tournament fishing boat.  Archery and air rifle training and safety instruction will be overseen by skilled instructors from Army Buck Hunters. 

Other than travel expenses to Lake Fork, everything the StarKids need for their fun-filled day will be provided at no cost to the StarKids, their families, or their mentors. All participants will be provided with lunch, and the StarKids will be able to keep valuable mementoes of their day. Representatives from Folds of Honor and Trinity Oaks will also be available to discuss their respective programs.

While it is recommended that each StarKid be accompanied by a family-chosen mentor, parents or guardians are also welcome to attend. Because this is a full-day event, those who are traveling significant distances to Lake Fork may wish to come a day early or stay over until Sunday. There are a limited number of rooms available on and around Lake Fork for those arriving early or staying late.

In 2019, the participation in this this unique outdoor experience is capped at forty (40) Starkids. If you are the family of a fallen veteran or first-responder with a child or children ages 10-18, or if you know of such a family, please contact Trinity Oaks’ James Hauke at jhauke210@gmail.com or 979-229-8713. James will link you with a PSC Legacy Day event leader to assist with registration or other details.

If you wish to sponsor a StarKid or support the event financially, contact the PSC Board at 817-296-8985.  

Additional information on the Patriot Sporting Challenge organization and PSC Legacy Day can be found at www.patriotsportingchallenge.org. Information on the Trinity Oaks, Army Bass Anglers, Army Buck Hunters, and Folds of Honor organizations can be found on their respective web sites.

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Press Release – January 2019 

The Patriot Sporting Challenge and Trinity Oaks Partner for Greater Good 

Lake Fork Texas-The Patriot Sporting Challenge (PSC) headquartered in Yantis Texas and Trinity Oaks of San Antonio recently announced an agreement in principle to expand their combined spheres of benevolent impact to the Northeast Texas region.

 Predicated on the success of the Patriot Sporting Challenge’s Lake Fork Challenge trilogy of sporting events in 2017 and 2018, an additional PSC event has been scheduled for October 5, 2019. The event, “PSC Legacy Day,” will consist of several outdoor fun and exciting activities for local and regional StarKids participants. The host site will be The Links at Land’s End and will focus on the legacies of our heroes.

 The PSC touchstone event, The Lake Fork Challenge supporting the Folds of Honor, will shift to a Spring event in 2020 and will join the StarKids event as a biannual pairing. “Having two events per year gives us better outreach to honor the sacrifices of our designated families,” said Garry Schnabel, Executive Director of the Patriot Sporting Challenge.

 StarKids focuses on children of fallen military veterans who died in combat as well as first responders, police officers, game wardens, disaster responders, and firefighters. Participants are between the ages of 10 and 18 years of age, and this Lake Fork event will focus on children from the Northeast Texas area.

 Since 1996, The State of Texas has lost 292 peace officers in the line of duty. In that same period our nation has lost 3,430 law enforcement officers, 1,452 firefighters, and tens of thousands of military veterans. Hundreds more, a majority of whom were fathers and mothers, have fallen responding to disasters, working as game wardens, or providing emergency medical services.

 The purpose of the Trinity Oaks’ StarKids program as well as PSC Legacy Day is to help those sons and daughters as well as honor their families’ sacrifice with a unique outdoors experience. Trinity Oaks Founder and President Tom Snyder explains, “’We have seen time and time again in our work with the families of fallen veterans and first responders that time in nature with other like-minded children has a huge impact on coping with grief. The partnering with the Patriot Sporting Challenge is just a natural extension of that work and a way for us to give back even more.”

 Schnabel also said, “The common vision and joining of forces of the PSC and Trinity Oaks is the civilian equivalent of force multiplying. Together we will make a difference in the lives of many individuals and families. It is our ‘Call to Duty.’”

 To find out more about the Patriot Sporting Challenge, The Lake Fork Challenge or Trinity Oaks please contact the PSC offices at PatriotSportingChallenge@gmail.com.  

The Community Chronicle  
Chuck Roy, Editor
214-208-5108