“We loved it so much! It was a huge blessing to receive the equipment and the boat captains were so patient and motivated to teach the kids a new skill. My son loved fishing and felt real special receiving the plaque, he hung it up on his wall as soon as we got home! More events like this are needed!”

“Awesome program that helped my daughter realize what she could do, helped us as parents see what she could do, helped the volunteers see what she could do, helped those watching see what she could do. Profound success.”

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!

Coronavirus Update: The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation is aware of the growing Coronavirus situation nationwide. Our hearts go out to all those affected by it.  The safety of our participants and volunteers at C.A.S.T. for Kids events has always been our top priority, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely Unfortunately, due to the rising concerns, the Fort Phantom Hill Event will be cancelled for 2020, but we will be back for 2021!

Event Location

Fort Phantom Hill
Abilene, Texas (map)

Event Contacts

Event Coordinator
JoBeth Huber-Willis
(325) 793-3565

Boater Chairman
Jeremy Cloud
(325) 439-0240

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Event Itinerary

Our C.A.S.T. for Kids events include lots of fun and celebration! You can expect 2-3 hours of fishing, a delicious lunch and an awards celebration where your child will receive a personalized plaque. This is a day of fishing your child will never forget!

Thanks To Our Event Sponsors

West Texas Rehabilitation Center, Broughton Foundation, Concho Valley Foundation Repair, Dosser Oilfield Service and Garage, Sturgill Turbine Services, Arrow Ford Bass Club, Jim Ned Bass Club, C&C Hauling, Abilene Foundation Repair, United Supermarkets, Betty Hardwick Center, Still Waters Bass Club,  Leonard Water Services, Mike Barber Insurance, Lews, Flambeau, Cadence Fishing, Shadetree construction, K outfitters, Taylor Telephone,  Double Diamond Signs, Photo Imaging Center, Can-Doo portable restrooms, Betty Hardwick Center, Partners In Education – Abilene Independent School District

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2018 Event Recap

May 19th was the perfect day for boating and fishing in Abilene, TX at our local Lake Ft. Phantom with plenty of sun and 20 mph wind for the West Texas Rehabilitation Center to host their 3rd Annual CAST for Kids event! Forty two pediatric patients from the West Texas Rehabilitation Center who have various diagnoses from physical to mental disabilities had a fun filled day of boating and fishing. The pediatric patients enjoyed it even more when all the bouncing bass boats filled the lake. The local bass clubs (Arrow Ford, Stillwaters, and Jim Ned Bass Clubs) in the Abilene area were generous to bring out their boats and their fishing expertise. Bank fishing was available for the children once they completed their boating and fishing and they also released all their fish after taking pictures with them! United Supermarkets donated all the food and water for the event and those were the juiciest hamburgers and quail wraps as well as delicious cookies feeding over 200 family members and volunteers. The kids and boaters enjoyed an award ceremony and the kids were delighted to receive their new fishing rods and reels, tackle boxes and individual award with the picture of their boater. Smiles and tears filled the boater’s eyes when taking pictures with their new “fishing buddy”. Some of our special kids at the Rehab caught 9 or 10 good size bass, what an amazing day!!