Why We Did It!
Through the love of fishing Lael, a young man struggling with his mental health and happiness found his purpose. Fishing allowed him to find peace and a breath of relaxation, and he saw firsthand its impact on his well-being and realized he saw this in others who shared the same passion. From there, he knew he wanted to create something to help others find that same sense of peace and healing, and it would take more than he could give alone.
That's why with the help of friends, he created the FYSH Foundation - to give back to the community and help others experience the transformative benefits of fishing. We believe fishing can be a powerful tool for mental health and well-being, and we want to share that with as many people as possible.
Our mission is simple: to provide fishing experiences to those who need it most. We want to create a safe and welcoming environment where people can connect with others, enjoy the beauty of nature, and experience the joys of fishing. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner, everyone can benefit from spending time on the water.
But our mission goes beyond just providing fishing experiences. It's essential to protect our natural resources and ensure that future generations can enjoy the same experiences that we have. We also want to give back to the community by supporting conservation efforts and promoting sustainable fishing practices.
At the FYSH Foundation, we're passionate about fishing and its power to bring people together. We created this foundation because we believe in the positive impact that fishing can have on mental health and well-being, and we want to share that with as many people as possible. We hope you join us on this journey and help us make a difference in the lives of others.
Always UpstreamJust like a fish, we too must push upstream to achieve our goals and overcome the obstacles that stand in our way. It's not always easy, but just like a fish that never gives up, we can continue to move forward even in the face of adversity. At the FYSH Foundation, we believe in the power of persistence and determination.
Fishing is not just a sport; it's a way of life. It's about taking a moment to connect with nature and reflect on the beauty that surrounds us. It's about the challenge and the reward of catching a fish. But most importantly, it's about the journey. Just like a fish that must fight against the current to reach its destination, we, too, must push ourselves to reach our personal goals.
Through the FYSH Foundation, we aim to inspire others to never give up, to keep pushing forward, and to embrace the journey. Whether you're an experienced angler or just starting, we invite you to join us on this journey upstream. Together, we can make a difference and achieve great things.
"When you're out in nature, it doesn't matter what color your skin is, where you were born, or what your background is. The only thing that matters is your presence in that moment. Whether you're casting a line in a river, hiking a mountain trail, or camping under the stars, the outdoors is a place where you can be yourself without fear of judgment.
But for many people, that feeling of freedom is fleeting. As soon as they leave the outdoors and return to the city, the judgment and prejudices that exist in society come rushing back. It's a painful reminder that the world isn't always as accepting as nature."
Meet The Founder
Lael Johnson, the founder of The F•Y•S•H Foundation, has always been drawn to helping people and found his passion for the outdoors and fishing as a powerful tool for making a positive impact in other people's lives. His background in healthcare and service in the Army Reserves inspired his desire to care for others, regardless of their background or identity.
Through The F•Y•S•H Foundation, Lael aims to create a safe, inclusive space for all and make a lasting impact on the community. His unwavering dedication to the foundation's mission has inspired countless individuals and organizations to join him in supporting his work.