“My favorite moments were meeting all of the kids and keeping a smile on their faces. I’m still in contact with the family we took out. A very humbling experience. I cannot wait until the next event.” – Volunteer Boater, Lake Hickory

“I think this event was really cool! They loved it. They had their captains help them at all times so that they were working together on fishing. Teaching kids who do not know how to fish, to fish, was especially cool. It was our first time doing this. It’s the joy of seeing my kids happy, having fun and just being out on the water that made their day. We will definitely be coming back.” – Parent of Participant, Lake Hickory

This is a C.A.S.T. for Kids event designed to provide children with disabilities, ages 6 – 18, 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!

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. The event will start at 8:30 am and will end at 1:00 pm. Please note a parent or guardian must be present with your child for the entirety of the event. If you are volunteering for this event you should expect about 6-7 hours of time at event, arriving before participants and staying after to help wrap things up. This is a day of fishing the children, families and volunteers will never forget! 


Event Location

Wittenberg Access Area
175 Wildlife Access Road
Hickory, NC 28601 (map)


Event Contacts

Event Coordinator
Andy Matusko
(828) 493-6822


Video From A Memorable C.A.S.T. for Kids Moment

Thanks To Our 2023 Event Sponsors

Realtree United Country Hunting Properties Big 6 Properties, Fox Surveying Company, George’s Grading & Septic Service, LLC, Randy Marion, Lyndon’s Riverview Sports, Outdoor Supply Company, Paramount Automotive, Masterfield Furniture, East Taylorsville Baptist Church, Wayne’s Marine Service LLC, Alexander County Register of Deeds, Scott Hines and Staff, Anonymous, Guy Mundy, Steffany Bishop Photography, Heather Mull Cox, Brandon Cox, Mack Stikeleather, Anna Gonzolez & Aunt Cindy, Jim Carr, Sharon Jones, Deidra Hicks, Janice White, Emily, Brandy Beck, Preston Sure Southern Outdoors, Tony Hwy 16 Superett, Dustin AAA Outdoors, Brothers four Outdoors, Lisa Apple City Radio, Nick at A Signco, Hickory Gun Works, Walk-In Roll Activities League, Target, Applebee’s, Sports Clips, Oriental Trading, UV Skins, Great Clips, Vee’s Restaurant, Home Depot, Chili’s, Olive Garden, Harbor Inn Oyster Bar, Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt, Bliss Nail and Spa, Beautiaura, Posh Nails, King and Queen Consignment, Logan Walters, Bethlehem Fire Department, Tim Hudson, Dickeys BBQ Pit, Texas Roadhouse, Hickory Fireplace & Patio & Emmanuel Baptist Church