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Paul George brought out a group of kid’s from inner city Oklahoma to teach them his love of fishing. In partnership with Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation and the Paul George Foundation, George took a group of kids fishing to show them why he loves it so much. George also brought along the man who taught him to fish at the age of five his father, Paul George Sr.

“My dad, he did the same thing when I was a kid, and when I had Paul I went and did the same thing.” George Sr. said.

George has come to Oklahoma with an openness that is somewhat remarkable since he isn’t contracted to stay in Oklahoma for anytime past this season, yet he hasn’t let that stop him from embracing the community in OKC as Michael Knopp who is Exec. Director of OKC Boathouse said.

“That’s what we do every day here, is try to engage and provide opportunities to youth,” Kopp said. “This is just a new way, and its I think really special he (George) came right into Oklahoma City ready to serve and to give back and inspire kids. It’s completely in line with what we’re doing, try and get people outside.”

George in the process of showing the kids how to fish also bridged a gap for the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation to connect with the inner city kids of Oklahoma City.

“We’re so blessed in Oklahoma to have such a rich eco-diversity, great outdoor experiences, and for us to be able to reach these inner city kids in particular as we did today is something that is really tough for us to do at Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. So we are just thrilled that Paul George reached out to us.” said Director OKCĀ Department of Wildlife Conservation JD Strong.

George hopes to have hepled these inner city kids in taking there first step into something they might want to accomplish in the future.

“This is my element right here,” George said. “This age is where you can really explore and really figure out what you want to do and what motivates you and drives you what do you like to do? If fishing is what they want to do, then this was the first step for them. Practice, work on it, and ultimately they will get the happiness they want.”

George may have also tried to throw some bait out into the see of Oklahoma City Thunder fans by saying in a press confrence at this event.

“Oklahomaā€™s home for me, so itā€™s fun to start this journey,” George said.

Let’sĀ  hope the Thunder organization can land the big fish they are after.

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