“We had an amazing time. Our boat captain, Mark treated the kids like family. I never expected an event like this to take place in our small town so we were really excited to hear about it. We can’t wait for the next event!” –Parent of Participant, Bringle Lake
“I grew up hunting and fishing, and it’s something I think we take for granted. For kids that have special needs, they may have never thought they could go fishing, so it was such an amazing thing to see all of the game and fish guys helping, the school fishing teams, etc. man the boats and get kids out there in a boat if they wanted to try to fish from the boat or even just ride around! “ – Shore Volunteer, Bringle Lake
This is a C.A.S.T. for Kids event designed to provide children with disabilities, ages 5 – 17, the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing. Take to the water with C.A.S.T. for an unforgettable morning of fishing and boating!
The CAST for Kids Foundation will be holding all 2020 events in compliance with CDC, National, State and local guidelines for Covid-19. We will be following these guidelines for the safety, health and well-being of our participants, families, volunteers and staff. If we can hold an event according to state guidelines, as states phase in their re-opening, we will. However, our events may look different than they have in the past. Lunch and awards may be broken into separate groups to enhance social distancing. At a minimum, we will be implementing 6’ social distancing guidelines and the use of protective measures like masks and hand sanitizers. We are confident we have figured out how to provide a safe, relaxing, fun environment for everyone to enjoy at CAST for Kids events in 2020! However, it will be impossible to guarantee the safety of all CAST participants and volunteers. Please consider each of your individual risks associated with the Covid-19 pandemic when making your decision to attend any CAST event.
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Thanks To Our Event Sponsors
Gregg Orr Marine, Double J Excavation, Cooper Tires, Auto Tech, Sierra, Lurecraft, At Home Healthcare, Wanglers, Lews Fishing, Flambeau, Cadence Fishing.
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2019 Event Recap
A local C.A.S.T. for Kids event was held Saturday, October 5 at Bringle Lake. Special needs children were matched with a boat Captain, presented with a rod and reel and tackle box (theirs to keep), bait, and were taken out on a boat along with their caregiver to catch fish. Volunteers helped with assisting individuals and their caretakers on and off boarding the boat, baiting hooks, releasing fish, helping some fish from the bank and dock, taking pictures, and lunch. After a morning of fishing, a hamburger and hot dog lunch was served by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance volunteers, and a group picture was taken. Individual plaques were presented to each participant, with comments about the day from the participant as well as the Captain. We are happy to report ALL participants caught fish this beautiful day!
Cooper employees joined volunteers from Texas Farm Bureau Insurance, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (Game Warden), area school Fishing Clubs, and numerous community volunteers. This is the third year a C.A.S.T. for Kids event has been hosted at Bringle Lake, thanks to Event Coordinators JD and Wendy Moore.
Cooper Employee Volunteers included:
JD Moore, Event Coordinator Rebecca Rayburn Bayless D/215 Nick Hyman D/219 Kevin Scott D/218 Todd Thomas D/219 Brad Whatley, Bassmaster Elite, D/219 Rosemary Weems
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The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation enriches the lives of children with special needs, supports their families, and strengthens communities through the sport of fishing.
Special needs individuals and their caretakers come together with community volunteers for a fun day of fishing they may not otherwise experience. These events provide a refreshing break from their daily challenges. Spreading a positive message that kids with disabilities can accomplish anything,