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C.A.S.T. “Catch A Special Thrill” for Kids


Associated Sports: Fishing
Causes Served: Children and Youth, Disability Issues, Special Needs
Age Groups Served: Children & Youth
Mailing Address: 297 S.W. 41st St.
City: Renton
State/Province: Washington
Zip/Postal Code: 98057
Country: United States
Phone: (425) 251-3202
Email: susan@castforkids.org
Website: http://www.castforkids.org
C.A.S.T. "Catch A Special Thrill" for Kids Foundation is a public charity that was formed in 1991 to join volunteers who love to fish with disabled and disadvantaged children for a day of fishing in the outdoors. The Foundation became an official 501(c)3 in 1994 and currently hosts three programs; C.A.S.T. for Kids Program, Fishing Kids Program, and Take A Warrior Fishing Program.

The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation hosts over 50 events per year in over half of the United States and expands by 8 new events per year and into 2 new states per year on average. The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation aims for presence across the nation allowing children everywhere and of any means an opportunity to learn how to fish.

The C.A.S.T. “Catch A Special Thrill” for Kids Event was designed to create an adaptive environment where children, ages 5-18, and adults could both benefit, sharing a day of fun on the water that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. Participants are hosted at a local lake, or body of water, supplied with a fishing rod & reel, t-shirt, hat, and tackle box, partnered with an experienced volunteer angler and escorted onto a boat where, with the supervision of a parent or guardian, they are shown proper fishing techniques and receive natural resources education. Participants and volunteers all then return from their morning fishing excursion to a BBQ lunch and an awards ceremony.

Goals:

- Expose children, who may not otherwise get the opportunity, to the sport of fishing and the enjoyment of the outdoors

- Encourage continued participation in fishing by developing skills in the children along with their parents

- Provide education and understanding to children about fish as a natural resource

- Increase the awareness of all participants, parents, sportsmen, and volunteers, to the capabilities of children with disabilities, in effect strengthening local communities