“It was amazing, the time and all the heart that goes with it, each and everyone was caring and focus on the child, my child loved it, when he received his award I had never seen a smile so big on his face like that day.” – Parent, Sarg Hubbard Pond, WA
This 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.
Press Release for 2017 event
Event LocationSarg Hubbard Pond
Yakima, Washington (map)
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2016 Event Recap: By Jim Behnken
The 2016 C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation Event at Sarg Hubbard was a hit! Rain did not deter 20 eager kids ready to go fishing. Two local Police Officers joined in as fishing buddies and for face painting. The participants also learned about fish anatomy from Sharon Dixon at the cleaning station. After braving the light rain and catching their fish, the kids had a hearty BBQ lunch provided by the many volunteers on hand. With tummies full, the children were given plaques with certificates and goody bags.
2015 Event Recap:
The June 20th, 2015 C.A.S.T. event at Sarg Hubbard Park in Yakima, WA was a resounding success! 27 eager participants were registered at 8:30 in the morning, a substantial increase in participation from the previous year. Nineteen “fishing buddies” stepped up to the task of ensuring that all the participants were ably assisted when their fishing adventure began. Numerous other volunteers aided the effort by manning the registration desk, handing out C.A.S.T. shirts and hats, assembling fishing poles and tackle boxes, and ensuring that each participant was fitted with a personal flotation device. Once the participants began fishing, these same volunteers then assisted with food preparation, photography and general event support. The Yakima Greenway Foundation was extremely helpful, having cleaned the walkways and docks prior to the event, in addition to providing shade canopies and tables.
The day of the event, following a period of unseasonably warm weather, proved to be milder than expected and added to the enjoyment of participants and volunteers alike. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife also provided an unexpected bonus of planting 400 “jumbo” size trout, many of which were landed by the “fisher-people” at the event. Volunteer hands were kept busy cleaning large stringers of fish! Participants and “fishing buddies” encircled Sarg Hubbard Pond and the fun and excitement was truly a sight to behold. Participant challenges ranged from being confined to a wheelchair to cognitive disabilities to learning disabilities, but they all proved that a disability does not diminish the ability of anyone to enjoy a day outdoors fishing.
Following two hours of fishing, the participants returned to the registration area to have their fish cleaned and to enjoy a lunch prepared by volunteers, Rex and Diane Crumrine, with the assistance of many other helping hands. Following the well-earned lunch, each participant rejoined with their fishing buddy to receive a plaque with a picture of themselves and their fishing buddy, a “goody bag”, and a certificate of participation. The day was completed with a group photo of all the participants, fishing buddies and other volunteers.
The C.A.S.T. (Catch a Special Thrill) for Kids Event is sponsored by the C.A.S.T. Foundation, and is dedicated to providing a fishing opportunity for children with a wide range of disabilities or life-altering illnesses. The Bureau of Reclamation helps support the event and First Lady Obama’s Let’s Move Outside initiative. Many local businesses support the event through generous donations, including Treetop, American Medical Response, Valley Septic Service, AB Foods, Pepsi-Cola, and Culligan Water. A generous grant from the Yakama Nation Legends Casino helped to take care of other items for the event.
The smiles, the camaraderie, the “fish stories” and the large amounts of fun experienced by participants and volunteers alike made this year’s C.A.S.T. Event a true success! Anyone and everyone would benefit by attending future years events.
Thanks to our Event Sponsors
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Yakama Nation Legends Casino, Brumback Law Group, Take Pride in America, American Medical Response, Rex & Diane Crumrine’s Mobile Grill, Greenway Foundation, Valley Septic Service, Tree Top, Pepsi, Starbucks, AB Foods, Culligan, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Lews, Flambeau, Red Apple Market, Walmart, Hammer’s Precision Outdoors