Sponsorship funds scholarships to summer camp

The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and Shaggy's restaurant in Biloxi, Gulfport and Pass Christian have announced a three-year corporate sponsorship worth $15,000.

Shaggy's is the first corporate sponsor in the history of the GCRL Marine Education Center's summer camps.

"Our partnership with Shaggy's increases the number of scholarships we are able to offer," said Chris Snyder, Marine Education Center director, "and enables us to enhance the camp this year by adding an offshore fishing component to the five-day camp."

Shaggy's and the MEC agreed to rename "Angler Camp" to "Shaggy's Angler Camp" for three years in exchange for a $5,000 sponsorship from the business per year.

"We started the Shaggy's Kids Foundation to help introduce kids to the sport of fishing, so this is important to us," said Ron Ladner, Shaggy's founder/owner.

Campers learn how to throw a cast net, tag and release fish, and about the species living amongst coastal rivers, beaches and barrier islands.

Dates for Shaggy's Angler Camp are June 6-10 and June 13-17. The camp costs $400 per participant and scholarships are available.

Details: 818-8833 or register at