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2018 Tips-Up for Troops Kent Lake June 9 Registration

By on April 15, 2018 in Tournament News
Registration for Veterans and Volunteers
Veterans, Pro-Boaters (those bringing a bass boat to take a Vet fishing) and General Volunteers, please register online as soon as possible. Pros please bring enough safety and fishing gear for the Veterans.

2018 Registration Link

Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation joins the Center for Neurological Studies and the Motor City Veteran Hockey Association in co-hosting the 2018 12th Annual Tips-Up for Troops event Saturday, June 9th at Kensington Metropark in Brighton, Michigan (Kent Lake).

Tips-Up for Troops is a family-friendly event including an “All American” picnic for Veterans and families as we show support for our troops, and a bass tournament open only to Veterans and Pro-anglers (volunteer boaters, who can be civilians or Veterans). Combat-injured and disabled Veterans, as well as currently serving military personnel, will be paired up with pro-boater volunteers, who will be taking our veterans out fishing.

Participants are encouraged to bring family members to enjoy the picnic (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and weigh-in show at the West Boat Ramp pavilion. Download the 2018 Tips-Up for Troops Information Flyer FINAL (PDF).

The Center for Neurological Studies and the “CNS Warriors” Hockey Team are celebrating our “CNS Warriors” team winning the 2018 Warrior B Division National Championship Title at the USA Hockey’s Disabled Hockey Festival in Chicago recently. The Center for Neurological Studies (CNS) is our presenting sponsor for the CNS Warriors disabled veterans hockey team and the 12th Annual Tips-up for Troops event.

2018 CNS Warriors National Champions Hockey Team

2018 CNS Warriors National Champions Hockey Team

The Center for Neurological Studies (CNS) “Hope after Combat” program, is requesting you invite your Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran friends to the upcoming 12th Annual “Tips-Up for Troops” bass tournament and picnic.

Center for Neurological Studies logoThe Novi-based CNS proudly supports the Motor City Veteran Hockey Association (MCVHA.) CNS utilizes advanced MRI techniques for the detection of the kind of mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries often the result of battle related injuries. CNS has been helping veterans to diagnose and overcome these injuries since the company was founded in 2011 and has initiated an in-depth “Hope After Combat” research project to improve brain injury diagnosis and treatment for military veterans. Contact CNS at or call (313) 228-0930.

The 2018 Tips-Up for Troops features a free bass tournament pairing up Veterans and volunteer pro-boaters on Kent Lake.

The 2018 Tips-Up for Troops features a free bass tournament pairing up Veterans and volunteer pro-boaters on Kent Lake.

Veterans, Pro-Boaters and anyone interested in being a general volunteer must register online. The sooner you register, the better. Please use the registration link above to go to our online signup form. Participants who have registered online and are selected to participate in the bass tournament, must check-in at the West Boat Ramp starting at 0600 hours. Boats will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis that morning so do not be late.

Participant family members are welcome to watch the opening ceremonies and boat take-off at 7:00 am, as well as participate in the free picnic and park activities around the beautiful Kensington Metropark facility such as the Farm Center and Petting Zoo, or nature walk. There may be some park fees for their activities.

About the Tips-Up for Troops event: Recognized by the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, Tips-Up for Troops has hosted more than 400 injured/disabled veterans and 2,800 other guests over the past 11 years. Proceeds go to the Motor City Veteran Hockey Association.

How much does it cost? FREE to all attendees though donations are always appreciated. RSVP please to with number of attendees in your group for food planning purposes. Last minute add-ons welcome.

To Donate/Sponsor Tips-Up: Send checks payable to “CNS” with “Vet Hockey” in the remarks to, CNS Warriors, Attn: Rick Briggs, 853 Devonshire Blvd, Brighton, MI 48116. You will receive a 501-c-3 non-profit tax donation letter for your records from CNS following the event.

The Warrior Hockey team is in desperate need of financial support as they get ready to start their summer practice and developmental hockey programs resetting their sights on a second national title next year in Tampa, Florida. This year’s CNS Warriors paid most of their own hotels and travel expenses for the four day event in Chicago as well as the Minneapolis tournament earlier in the year because they did not have funds to cover it all. Sponsors over $500 please forward a jpg of your logo for inclusion on their team banner.

About the Motor City Veteran Hockey Association: Our mission is to strive to “Serve our injured and disabled veterans through the fun and friendship of hockey with a program of support, advocacy, and awareness of the ‘Invisible Wounds’ and injuries from the Global War on Terror.” The CNS Warriors are made up of combat-injured and disabled veterans, as required by the U.S.A. Hockey Warrior Division guidelines.

For more information: Please contact Rick Briggs, General Manager Volunteer, Motor City Veteran Hockey Association at (810) 908-1901 or e-mail

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