The Ike Foundation Mission

Our mission is to get more kids fishing and in the outdoors, especially youth in areas where those activities are not readily available.
- Mike Iaconelli

The Ike Foundation was established in July 2014 by professional bass fishing tournament angler Michael Iaconelli with the main goal of getting more kids involved with the sport of fishing. The Ike Foundation will assist civic organizations, existing youth fishing organizations, and other charitable organizations in sponsoring events and functions which promote fishing to both inner city and rural youth. These events and functions will teach young people the sport of fishing, the ecology of the outdoors and the responsibility each person has in order to maintain our planets natural resources. The Ike Foundation is an IRS registered 501(c)3, non-profit foundation. Gifts to the Ike Foundation are fully tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.

Ike Foundation Board of Trustees

Michael Iaconelli

Rebecca Iaconelli

Carol Muracco

Ike Foundation Calendar of Events

2018 Ike Foundation Scholarship Application Deadline
Sunday April 1st, 2018 @ 12:00AM ET

In 2017, we were able to provide five $1500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who were committed to volunteering in their community, particularly in the areas of fishing and environmental/wildlife conservation. In 2018, thanks to the generous contributions of our supporters, we are able to offer five $3000 scholarships! We are now accepting applications for the 2018 scholarship, please submit your essay, acceptance letter and letter of recommendation by April 1, 2018.

Ike's Hook 'Em Early Kids Fishing Event
Saturday May 12th, 2018 @ 8:00AM ET
Haddon Lake Park

In 2017, we launched the Ike's Hook 'Em Early Kids Fishing Event. For many young people, a chance to experience the outdoors, receive free gifts from our proud supporters, like Abu Garcia and Pure Fishing, and win great prizes in the fishing tournament.

The Ike Foundation will return to Haddon Lake Park on May 12, 2018 for the second annual Ike's Hook 'Em Early Fishing Event. Chaperones will need to register themselves and the children who will be attending with them.

2018 Ike Celebrity Pro Am Dinner
Friday July 20th, 2018 @ 7:00PM ET

There will be a benefit dinner July 20th, 2018, the night before the tournament. There will be great food & drinks, and a chance to meet and talk with other anglers, including the pros. Each bass boat tournament angler receives a dinner ticket with tournament registration. If you're fishing the kayak division, if you'd like to bring your spouse, friend, or if you're not fishing in the tournament, but would like to join in the dinner festivities, we welcome you to purchase individual tickets or entire tables.

2018 Ike Celebrity Pro Am Bass Tournament
Saturday July 21st, 2018 @ 6:00AM ET
Delaware River

This is the 3rd annual Ike Celebrity Pro Am benefit bass fishing tournament, and the 2nd year with a Hobie Worlds qualifying kayak division event. Both tournaments are scheduled for July 21st, 2018. Discounts are available for early tournament & dinner registration!

Recent Ike Foundation Press

Published Thursday March 15th, 2018

Come visit our booth #2848, we'll be giving away 100 Flambeau tackle boxes!

Published Friday March 9th, 2018

Pittsgrove, NJ, March 5, 2018. The Ike Foundation® is a non-profit organization founded by Mike and Becky Iaconelli. The mission of the Foundation is to introduce urban and rural children to the wholesome sport of fishing while instilling in them a love and respect for the outdoors. The Ike Foundation® also provides five college scholarships to deserving high school seniors who share The Ike Foundation’s® mission.