October 24, 2019 | By: Becky Tarwater
Looking for a fun outing for your child with a disability? What about a fishing trip? Cast for Kids Foundation helps sponsor fishing trips for kids with disabilities from age 5 through 17. Fishing events are held all over the state of Texas and throughout the U.S.
The Cast for Kids Foundation formed in 1992 and held its first event at Banks Lake in Eastern Washington. Their goal is to team volunteers who love to fish with a child who has a disability. They spend the day just having fun and learning a new skill.
During the event, your child and a companion fish free of charge. Depending upon the location, they may fish from shore or on a boat shared by local boat owners. The kids get free equipment for the day, lunch and a T-shirt. At the end of the day, there is an award ceremony.
The Foundation continues to grow. Last year, they held 69 events throughout the country. In 2019, they are planning for 80 events. Check their website to find upcoming fishing dates in your area. Be sure to sign up early because slots are limited. The rules vary by event location, so you should contact the event coordinator to get all the details.
You can sign up for their e-newsletter at www.castforkids.org/contact and scroll to the bottom of the page. You will get frequent email updates about the program. Once you find the best place for your child to fish, you may sign up for that event on the website. Contacts for each event coordinator can also be found on the site.
San Antonio and the surrounding area offer several annual event sites. Those include events at Calaveras Lake and Morgan’s Wonderland. Other nearby sites are in Bastrop, Victoria and Corpus Christi. Let Cast for Kids give your child the gift of learning a new sport.
Use the Services, Groups and Events search and search Cast for Kids to see if there is an event in your area.