The Fishing Academy Celebrates 10 Years of Making a Difference in Brighton: 10 years ago, John Hoffman came up with the idea of keeping kids engaged, entertained and out-of-trouble by handing them a rod and a reel. 10 years later, the Fishing Academy has taught over 4,500 kids how to fish and John Hoffman says he couldn’t be more proud. Said Hoffman, “When I first founded the charity in March of 2004, I wasn't even sure how an outdoor fishing program would be received, all I knew is I wanted to teach kids about a sport I loved that kept me out of trouble when I was a teenager.” Tonight, (Friday, May 2, 2014) the Fishing Academy celebrated its 10 Year Anniversary by thanking those who have helped and supported the program. As such, Commissioner Evans, District D-14 (Brighton) Captain Wayne Lanchester, Sgt. Mike O’Hara & Officer Amy Boyle were recognized for their aid and assistance. Said Commissioner Evans: “I want to congratulate the Fishing Academy on their 10 Year Anniversary and thank John Hoffman for all the great work he’s done. It’s so important to keep kids busy during the summer and the Fishing Academy has been doing a great job of that for the last 10 years."