“They amaze me at times. I had a child that never had a rod and reel in his hand before. He was casting in the first 20 minutes AND enjoyed it more than any person I have ever seen cast.” – Shore Volunteer, Packery Channel, TX

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CAST program logoThis is a C.A.S.T. for Kids event designed to provide children with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing. Not all locations are conducive to hosting boating events. This event gives participants the opportunity to fish from shore.

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Event Location

Packery Channel
Corpus Christi, Texas (map)


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Event Coordinator

Martha Lawhon




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2016 EVENT

Media Coverage: KiiiTV article (with a few photos), KrisTV.com video

Recently, the City of Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department’s Beach Operations partnered with the organization C.A.S.T. “Catch a Special Thrill” for Kids Foundation to provide fun in the sun for special needs children. 48 children and 35 volunteers participated in the fishing adventure at Packery Channel. Kids were paired with an angling buddy and received their own rod and reel, a tackle box with supplies, and a t-shirt.


Breakfast consisted of doughnuts and kolaches.  Afterwards we had a meet and greet between the children, their families, and the volunteers.  Next the children went fishing until it started to rain.  A brief shower cooled off the kids before returning to fishing until rain was once again spotted on the horizon.  At that time we had a rushed lunch in the rain courtesy of Jack’s Dinner Bell.

Thanks to our Event Sponsors

Corpus Christi Parks,  HEB Grocery, The Grainger Foundation, Whataburger, Rabalaise Constructors, Saltwater Fisheries Enhancement Assoc., Committee for persons with disabilities, BAAS support Services, Gulf Coast Graphics, Ace Hardware, B&T Rents, Cup Graphics, Navy/Army credit union, Bill Miller BBQ, IZone Imaging, Skid O Kan, Paulette Kluge, Red Dot Pier, Lews, Academy Sport + Outdoors, Flambeau

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