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January 25, 2014

MARTINO: Eubank tries to make positive impact

Outdoorsman enjoys introducing next generation to the great outdoors.

Since childhood, Roger Eubank has enjoyed the time-honored traditions of hunting and fishing. Nurtured early in life by his father and uncles, he fondly recalls the family rabbit hunting adventures.

“Those early trips ignited a passion and fascination that still burns today,” he said.

The outdoors served as a classroom that taught him about the inner workings of nature and the intricate cycles of life. It also allowed him to develop a close relationship with his family. In fact, his outdoor pursuits have also been instrumental in developing a strong father-son bond with his 13-year-old son, Lane, who can often be found by his father’s side.

But Eubank has taken his passions a bit farther than most. His greatest joy now comes from introducing other children to outdoor activities. Eubank has been a fixture at Kokomo’s Jim “Moose” Carden Kids Fishing Clinic, where children have the opportunity to learn almost everything associated with angling activities. He also serves as a guide during the Freedom Hunt where handicapped youth have the opportunity to take in Indiana’s special youth deer hunting season. That’s not mentioning he also coaches youth football, baseball and wrestling for Western Middle School.

But for Eubank, his services at these recognized events are not enough. He spends countless hours taking other children hunting and fishing, as long as they express an interest.

“It all began with my nephews and son,” he explained. “I would take them small game hunting and fishing every chance I could.

“Any time you take a child into the woods or on the water, it’s definitely an adventure,” he added with a laugh.

For Eubank, spending quality time with children are precious moments never wasted.

“I can’t describe what it means to me to see a kid be successful,” he said. “And if you are part of that success, it changes your life as well as the child’s.”

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