C.A.S.T. …Catch a Special Thrill
CAST for Kids is an organization geared to expose children, who may not otherwise get the opportunity, to the sport of fishing and the enjoyment of the outdoors. They strive to increase the awareness of all participants, parents, sportsmen, and volunteers, to the capabilities of children with disabilities, in effect strengthening local communities. The following is note from executive director, Jay Yelas.
The 2016 season has drawn to a close, with our final event of the year taking place last weekend in Louisiana. It has been a truly memorable 25th Anniversary season. The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation is growing, and we held a record number of events across America in 2016. The C.A.S.T. for Kids Program added 16 brand new events this year. We held new events in Alabama, Oklahoma, Virginia, Missouri, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, California, Wisconsin, and 5 new events in Texas. Stop for a minute and consider all the joy those new events brought to the children who might not have otherwise had the chance to go fishing or boating this year. I would like to say a very special “thank you” to all the volunteers who make C.A.S.T. for Kids events a reality!
Our hope is that these new events will continue annually and become a rich tradition in their respective communities. There are several long-standing C.A.S.T. for Kids events around the Country that have been taking place annually for up to 25 consecutive years! Thank you to all the coordinators and volunteers who have served the kids in their communities so well for so long!
Starting new C.A.S.T. for Kids events all over America is in keeping with our vision of doubling our number of events by the year 2018. We want to keep spreading the joy of fishing, and are working now to put together several more new events for 2017. If you or anyone you know is interested in starting a new event in your area, please contact C.A.S.T. Western Program Director Jim Behnken or C.A.S.T. Eastern program Director Jeff Barnes. Keep an eye on our Calendar Page for upcoming events near you.
Learn more and how you can help at www.castforkids.com