Jack Lyle's River Kids

In the early summer of 2019, TSRA launched “Jack Lyle’s River Kids,” a new multi-year program made possible by the Jack Lyle Memorial Fund. Our mission is to introduce disadvantaged inner-city youth to the wonders of nature via paddle-sport.

We’re excited about our partnership with Sierra Club’s “Inspiring Connections Outdoors,” a well established program offering a variety of summer youth activities.  Our volunteers will join them for water events on a local lake and two Class I streams.  We provide safe, fun experiences on the water to a diverse group of young people aged 12 to 18.   

This partnership with Sierra will be an excellent opportunity for us to learn from a fellow nonprofit group with a track record of conducting safe, successful outdoor events for youth. From this strong foundation, we hope to expand and grow in the future, and we believe our friend Jack Lyle would be very pleased. Here are two ways you can help:

Volunteer.  To participate, you must be a competent Class I paddler who’s available weekdays in the Nashville area for five events between late May and late July (dates TBD). In return for your service, you’ll receive free Sierra Club membership and training, along with the immense satisfaction of showing kids the joys of boating. Interested?  For more details, email Mary Buckner.

Donate.  The Jack Lyle Fund began with a legacy to TSRA bequeathed by Jack Lyle himself, and thanks to friends, it’s continuing to grow. But we need more. The fund must cover ongoing multi-year costs of volunteer training, equipment rentals, snacks, and other fees for getting kids on the water. We welcome any amount to support this new program. Please make your checks payable to TSRA Jack Lyle Fund, and mail them to TSRA, P.O. Box 159041, Nashville, Tennessee 37215-9041. Thank you for your generosity!