“A Great Tournament For A Great Cause”

Cops For Kids, Inc.: Our mission is to provide a financial assistance to non-profits dedicated to children. We believe that community programs targeted at our youth can make a true impact on children’s growth, development and future success. Our goal is to help non-profits achieve their mission and start new community programs. We will do this through fund raising projects, organizations must have an official 501 (c)(3) non-profit status and be formed to assist children.

The Cops for Kids Bass Tournament began as a fund raiser for the Make a Wish Foundation and the Missouri Water Patrol Association in 2005.  Mainly the hard work of Ron Kelley, a water patrol officer from Table Rock Lake, and Kevin & Laura Watson, of Bass Boat Magazine, brought the tournament to where it is today.

The first 5 years were only open to law enforcement officers.  It began as a way for officers to have a fun day fishing, see old friends, and maybe win a small prize or some prize money, but most important “for the kids”!

Each year the tournament has grown in sponsorship, entries, and prize money.  But most important, the donations to the Catch a Dream Foundation and Children’s Smile Center have grown every year!  These past tournaments to date have helped raise over $112,000.0 for all of our non-profits combined.

In 2010 the tournament opened up to all public safety professionals (firemen, EMS personnel, and law enforcement officers), and will continue to be open to such personnel.

In 2011, with the dissolution of the Missouri Water Patrol Assoc. Ron, Kevin and Laura independently resurrected the “Cops For Kids” tournament by establishing its independency from any particular Assoc. by incorporating the tournament as a Non-Profit organization. ( 501 (c) (3). Therefore, Cops for Kids is now its own Incorporation!

In 2014, a public announcement was made that Cops For Kids Bass Tournament was changed from requiring participants to be in Public Service to an Open Buddy tournament which allows anyone who qualifies to enter the event.

The more entries, the more prize money and more money for the kids.

We thank all the past and present entries!  You are what makes the tournament a success!  If you haven’t fished it in the past, grab you a partner, and join the fun!


Our Staff

Ron Kelley – Founder/Executive Director

Larry Abshier – Vice President

Jerry Hundley – Asst. Tournament Director

Tracy Christoffersen – Tournament Coordinator/Logistics

Jackie Barger (Children’s Smile Center) – Tournament Consultant

Catherine Hendricks- Administration & Public Relations

Kris Maples – Administration & Secretary

Dr. Marty Brunson (Catch A Dream) – Tournament Consultant

Mike Webb – Weigh In Director

Rhonda Bennett – Photographer