A Charity Fishing Tournament
Located in the beautiful Florida Keys, the tournament takes place in the turquoise waters in the Gulf of Mexico.
Benefiting the DRI
Supporting the millions of families affected by diabetes, the DRI is the best hope for a cure.
Over 150 Anglers
Now in its 35th year, over 150 anglers come to participate in the Hayden Blaylock Key West Challenge, presented by Sunshine Gasoline yearly.
Over $4 Million Raised
The tournament, now called the Hayden Blaylock Key West Challenge presented by Sunshine Gasoline, has raised 4 million for diabetes and mental illness research.
LET'S FIND A CURE TOGETHER
John Sanchez, Crystal Blaylock, Maximo Alvarez, and Max Alvarez from Sunshine Gasoline Distributors present Nicole Otto of the DRIF a $100,000 donation from the 2019 HBKW Challenge.
Our Commitment to Curing Diabetes
In 2005, Blaylock’s 5-year-old grandson, Matthew Sanchez, began a lifelong battle with Type 1 diabetes and Blaylock began a new battle of his own – to find a cure for his grandson’s disease. He vowed to continue the Hayden Blaylock Key West Challenge presented by Sunshine Gasoline fishing tournament until Type 1 diabetes was conquered. He started donating the tournament proceeds to the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami.
We've been impressed with the work that Diabetes Research does in laboratories at the Miami University School of Medicine. If funding from the Hayden Blaylock Key West Challenge presented by Sunshine Gasoline can help them find a cure for diabetes, nothing would make us happier.
- Crystal Blaylock Sanchez
Arrive in sunny Key West and take a short cab ride to the Opal Key Resort & Marina (245 Front St.). Anglers may check in, pick up ditty bags, and name tags in the Marina Building.
*Thursday night late arrivals please check-in before breakfast on Friday 6:30-7:30 am in the center courtyard.
6:30-8:30 pm: Captains Meeting/Boat Drawing & Cocktail Party
Meet your captain at the Opal Key Sunset Pier and draw for your team boat. Please wear your nametag, as this will serve as the entrance into all events.
A good morning bloody mary and buffet breakfast will be served at the Opal Key Marina Courtyard between
7:30 am – 3:00 pm Fish the Challenge Your outdoor adventure begins as taxis begin picking up anglers at 7:30 am from the Opal Key Resort & Marina to board your appropriate boat. Fish from 8:30 am until lines out of water at 3:00 pm; please ask your Captain to call for pick-up on your voyage back to the dock, so a taxi will be waiting for you upon arrival.
4 pm-6:30 pm – Leader Board Reception Team leaders report the day’s catch and turn in score sheets to Findlay Sinclair at the Opal Key Resort & Marina.
6:30 am -7:30 am – Breakfast Bar A good morning bloody mary and buffet breakfast will be served at the Opal Key Marina Courtyard.
7:30 am – 3:00 pm Fish the Challenge Your journey continues as taxis begin picking up anglers at 7:30 am from the Opal Key Resort & Marina to board your appropriate boat.
5:30 pm -7:00 pm – Cocktail Party & Awards Banquet Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served on the Opal Key Sunset Pier followed by dinner and the awards program beginning promptly at 7:00 pm.
Depart at your leisure with memories of catching “the big one,” and colorful stories of Duval Street! Until next year….
Meet Our Amazing Sponsors
We recognize and thank our generous sponsors for supporting the Diabetes Research Institute.