Published: Feb 04, 2011 1:40 PM EST
Updated: Feb 04, 2011 10:27 AM EST

  The excitement of the 2011 Walmart FLW Bass Fishing Tour is coming to Hendry County ,

.  This year’s Lake Okeechobee Open will take place in Clewiston from February 3-6, and Goodwill Industries® of Southwest Florida ( is hooked in for all the fun and excitement.
The Walmart FLW Tour is operated by FLW Outdoors, the world’s leading tournament-fishing organization. The 2011 Tour season consists of 11 bass fishing events, including four Open tournaments, six Majors and the Forrest Wood Cup, and the Walleye Tour Championship.
Among those competing will be professional angler Chad Grigsby of Maple Grove, Minn., who will be sporting the Goodwill®jersey and Smiling G logo and representing Goodwill on the Tour. Grigsby has participated on the Tour for nine years, with career earnings nearing $500,000 and nine top-10 finishes, including one at the Forrest Wood Cup, which is considered one of the most competitive events in pro bass fishing.
Goodwill, which operates more than 2,500 retail stores and donation centers throughout the United States and Canada, will utilize the resources of FLW Outdoors to drive traffic and awareness to its locations. Goodwill will receive exposure and have a presence across multiple platforms of FLW Outdoors, including all bass and walleye events, FLW Outdoors’ multiple web sites, FLW Outdoors Magazine and “FLW Outdoors” television show on VERSUS.
Locally, Goodwill ( will participate at the FLW Outdoors Expo on February 5-6, with fun family activities and giveaways.  The Expo will be located adjacent to the Clewiston Walmart (1005 W. Sugarland Hwy.).  Goodwill will also use the opportunity to collect donations of gently-used items, and to promote its mission of providing programs and services for people with disabilities and other barriers to independence.