C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation
Mission & Goals
To provide disabled and disadvantaged children an opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing.
- Expose children, who may not otherwise get the opportunity, to the sport of fishing and the enjoyment of the outdoors.
- Encourage continued participation in fishing by developing skills in the kids along with their parents.
- Provide education and understanding to children about fish as a natural resource.
- Increase the awareness of all participants, parents, sportsmen, and volunteers to the capabilities of children with disabilities, in effect strengthening local communities.
In 1991, the 1st C.A.S.T. “Catch A Special Thrill” event was held at Banks Lake in eastern Washington in partnership with the Bureau of Reclamation. Due to its immense positive effect on the children participants and local community, the Foundation was formally established as a 501(c)3 in 1994 and grew its event offerings quickly.
By 2002, C.A.S.T. received additional support from the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and Professional Anglers Association and rolled an additional program, Fishing Kids for urban youth, and simultaneously hosted 32 C.A.S.T. Events in 18 states.
By creating partnerships with several entities in both government and private sectors, and receiving immense support from fishing hobbyists and other volunteers across the nation, C.A.S.T. now hosts over 60 events in over 30 states fishing over 12,000 special children each year. C.A.S.T. also receives support from spokesman, Clay Dyer, Professional Angler and Motivational Speaker, whose life story embodies C.A.S.T.’s mission and provides powerful inspiration to its’ special participants.
C.A.S.T. “Catch A Special Thrill” for Kids Foundation is a public charity that was formed in 1991 to join volunteers who love to fish with disabled and disadvantaged children for a day of fishing in the outdoors. The Foundation became an official 501(c)3 in 1994 and currently hosts two programs; C.A.S.T. for Kids Program and Fishing Kids Program.
In 1996, Fishing Kids was developed to introduce and educate all urban youth, ages 5-14, to the sport of fishing. The Fishing Kids Program and Events are built around the slogan, “Getting more kids fishing, more often,” and are designed to create and provide more fishing opportunities for urban youth.
- The C.A.S.T. for Kids Program is a national program whose events are designed to create an environment whereby special needs children and their caretakers could benefit, leaving their problems on shore and sharing a day of fun on the water that they may not otherwise get to experience, at no cost to them. Events are made possible through the cooperation of government agencies, national and local sponsors, and local interest groups, and create rare and positive experience for America’s youth. C.A.S.T.’s Kids: 30% autism spectrum disorders, 17% ADHD, 13% ODD, 9% cognitive disorders, 8% cerebral palsy, 4% Down syndrome, 4% hearing impairment, 15% other.
- Over 50% are new participants each year.
- 86% of families polled were below living income wage.
The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation aims for presence across the nation allowing children everywhere and of any means an opportunity to learn how to fish.
To learn more, please visit our website at www.castforkids.org.