Last April, at the 2015 Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Missoula, Montana, Chad Brown of Soul River, Inc. received the first annual Orvis Breaking Barriers Award for the remarkable work he does with inner-city youth and veterans. Since then, Chad has been featured in Outside Magazine, the Portland Tribune, and Oregon Public Broadcasting. Orvis could not be prouder to support Chad’s work and to promote his important message about the healing power of the sport we love.
Recently the BBC World Service interviewed Chad for a program called “Outlook,” and it’s a moving conversation about how fly fishing quite literally saved his life. The interview is about 12 minutes long, and it’s well worth your time.
And here’s a short documentary about a trip last summer that took twelve kids from the inner city to Alaska, where they fished with combat veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI:
And here’s his great acceptance speech at last year’s award ceremony: