“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

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)


Event Contacts

Event Coordinator

Martha Lawhon




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C.A.S.T. for Kids Poem
We’re there before sunrise, to get everything set.
For a morning of fishing, we hope the kids don’t forget.
We’ve labored to give them, a joy to remember.
The attention is theirs, and they are the center.
They all get excited, as they make their first wish.
To cast out their line, and catch the first fish.
Joy and laughter, can be heard from afar.
They’re so happy to be here, each one is a star.
Our sponsors are many, and the volunteers also.
We’re all here for the children, we know this is their show.
We’ve committed our time, to make this day their treat.
But it comes back to us tenfold, 
our day’s now complete.
Martha’s the one, who’s headed this effort.
With many long hours, and not much credit.
“C.A.S.T. for Kids”, we do once each year.
Twelve months of planning, and it ends with a tear.
It won’t be long though, before we start it again.
We love the hugs and the smiles, this is part of the plan.” 
-Russell Armstrong

2017 Event Recap:

The children and their families began arriving at 9:00am and started fishing right away. We experienced a torrential rain down-pour around 10:00, for about 15 minutes, but this didn’t stop our young fishing buddies. They were immediately back at it cheering and yelling each time they caught a fish. Lunch was provided by Whataburger and Chick-fil-A. Through the generous donations of our local sponsors and the City, we were able to provide a drawing where each child won a prize. The event concluded at 1:00pm with cheers and applause from our participants, their families and all of our volunteers. The children not only walked away with a great memory, they left with a t-shirt, hat, fishing pole, tackle box, bait bucket, a goodie bag and a plaque with their picture on it to remember their fishing experience.

2016 Event Recap:

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.


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, Lew’s, Academy Sport + Outdoors, Flambeau

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