“This was a wonderful event! All event staff couldn’t have been more friendly or understanding! My son had the best time, our Captain Mike (boat 12) was so gracious! Couldn’t ask for better or more! THANK YOU!” – Parent, Lake Pleasant
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!
Lake Pleasant Regional Park,
Peoria, Arizona (map)
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Our C.A.S.T. for Kids events are 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
Peoria Diamond Club, Maricopa Trail and Parks Association, Central Arizona Water Conservation District, Maricopa County Parks & Recreation, 3-D Automotive, M&J Trophies & Apparel, First Credit Union, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Smart & Final, Taylor Rental, Shamrock Farms, Edward Jones advisor Brian Derrick Dutch Bros., Arizona Game and Fish, SBP Farms LLC,
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2018 Event Recap
Another Lake Pleasant C.A.S.T. for Kids Event is behind us and in the history books. It was held on Saturday, March 24, 2018, and the weather was a perfect day for fishing. Several of our kids brought back some really big fish and their stories were even bigger. The smiles were huge as they told about the size of the fish that got away!
The 19th Annual Event ran like a well-oiled machine, with volunteers all pitching in as if they worked together daily. What is evident is the pleasure you see with each of them as they prepare the day to be a great day for the kids and their families. No one would know that we lost some sponsors due to their change in donation policy, but then gained another that wanted to be involved with their community. All the kids and their families know is that they came for a care-free day and that’s what they had.
We had over 46 pro bass fishermen who donated their time and boats to take a special kid with their parent/guardian out on the Lake to share their love of fishing. The bond between the kids and the boat captains is priceless. During the award ceremony, you can feel the compassion and love that they shared during their few hours of fishing, driving the boat and truly enjoying each other’s company. The boat captain is thrilled to share his love of fishing and our kids love spending their time participating in our Event. The special attention that the boat captains so freely give to the kids brings out the best in everyone. We are very thankful to all of our returning and also the new volunteer boat captains. Once you come to an event, you will be hooked and surely return!
The coordinators and the shore volunteers’ day begins very early and long before the sun is up. The clouds kept the sun from being really hot and the light breeze made us all comfortable. When the volunteers arrived they began unloading the supplies from the huge truck and quickly set up tables and tent covers for the boat captain registration and then the kid’s registration with their fishing equipment. Next they got busy setting up the tables, chairs, and tents for the 200 plus guests that would have lunch after their morning of fishing. Tables were set up for the Liberty Wildlife birds of prey display, Reclamation Water Smart display, kids craft table, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary stations.
The excited boat captains arrived and the volunteers assigned them their radio, boat number/truck number, and give them a t-shirt. The kids began to arrive and the excitement in the air makes the early morning hours melt away. The kids are escorted through their registration where they receive a hat, t-shirt, rod and reel, and a tackle box that they will take home. Then everyone going on the boat got fitted with a life jacket and given a blanket to keep them warm out on the water. The escort then takes them to pick out a boat and the boat captain welcomes them aboard. They are driven to the boat ramp, have their picture taken by another volunteer, and they are launched for their fishing adventure. The pictures taken are printed and assembled into a plaque for the boat captain and one for the kid that will be presented to them during the awards ceremony after lunch.
After all the boats are on the water, the volunteers began the preparation for lunch that will be served to the hungry fishermen, kids, and their families. The cook wagon arrived and the wonderful aroma of the hamburgers and hot dogs cooking made us all hungry. We listened to the radio calls from the boats and how many fish were being caught, it’s a good day for fishing! After a couple of hours, the boats began to come back to shore. The volunteers would valet the trucks to pick up the boats and more pictures are taken of the excited kids, boat captains and their fish! They then were unloaded from the boats, returned their life jackets and were ready to eat the delicious lunch that was being served to them by more volunteers.
The awards ceremony consisted of each kid receiving their picture plaque with their boat captain and a goody bag, but the best part was hearing their stories of their fishing adventures. This year we had 43 kids participate and each had their unique story to tell; some about the fish they caught, some about the huge fish that got away and some about how they got to drive the boat. After the awards and the stories were completed and the exhausted families left with big smiles and many memories of their day, the take down of everything began. We had some afternoon volunteers that were fresh and ready to help disassemble the little city of tables, chairs, and tents and all of the supplies that needed to be loaded back into the truck. It takes another couple of hours and the volunteers are glad to be headed home themselves.
One of the rewards of the long day, besides the kids and their families’ big smiles, is the pleasure you see with each volunteer as they spent their day giving the 43 kids a day filled with wonderful memories and stories that will be told over and over again!