Local charity to benefit from tourney

Sport fishing enthusiasts are expected to converge on Flamingo for a family-friendly contest July 30 and 31.

The event is the Flamingo Fishing Rodeo. The sponsor, the Presidential Challenge Charitable Foundation, said Tuesday that the local charity,   Abriendo Mentes in nearby Playa Potrero, will benefit from the proceeds.

Abreindo Mentes, Spanish for opening minds, was founded in 2009 to provide additional educational services for the struggling Guanacaste economy and educational system.

“What started as a series of tutoring sessions has since grown into a thriving non-profit organization, providing area youth and adults with thousands of hours of English, technology and vocational classes each year, as well as diverse and engaging community enrichment and social programs,” said Presidential Challenge announcement Tuesday.

The foundation said that the tournament’s mission statement is to publicize Flamingo as the fishing destination that it used to be by helping charter captains book clients to fish this event. It will also create an increased awareness of Flamingo and the northern Pacific region of Costa Rica as a world class fishing destination, the foundation said.

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