The TIFT Board of Directors is pleased to recognize Rheagan Bryant as Hostess for the 80th annual Texas International Fishing Tournament. Rheagan is a student at Texas A&M, College Station studying Allied Health. In addition, she is a student athlete and part of the Texas A&M equestrian team.
It has been a dream of Rheagan’s to serve as the tournament hostess, she shares, “Being a TIFT hostess means being a spokesperson for all the values TIFT embodies.” Rheagan continues, “Family is one value that sets TIFT apart from other tournaments. TIFT wants to whole family to take part whether or not you may be an angler.”
The Bryant family is a shining example of the whole family participating. Rheagan has been involved with the tournament her entire life: competing and volunteering, carrying on the tradition of service established by her parents. Her father, Daniel, serves on the TIFT Executive Board and her mother, Kelley, gave her time as a volunteer.
There isn’t an area of TIFT that Rheagan hasn’t been involved in. As a participant she recalls starting out fishing off the pier, and later graduating to the offshore division. Following in her parents’ foot-steps, Rheagan has volunteered her time with duties including stuffing bags, helping during Playday, and working the weigh dock, “I was so happy to be able to help!”.
It was during her time as a Playday volunteer when Rheagan bonded with participant, Sarah White. As volunteers, Rheagan, her sister Kennedy, and their cousin, TIFT scholarship recipient Allyson Booth would spend Playday engaging with Sarah. When Rheagan was selected as the 2019 TIFT Hostess she felt compelled to share the honor with Sarah, because as Rheagan shares, “Sarah is just as deserving. It felt right and an honor to share the position with her.”
The TIFT Board of Directors is pleased to have Rheagan Bryant realize her dream as Hostess and to share the honor with Sarah White during the milestone 80th year of the Texas International Fishing Tournament.