C.A.S.T. for Kids Event Set at Lake Walcott State Park

Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 383-2207
Sarah Wageman, (208) 678-0461 ext 48

For Release: July 09, 2013

RUPERT, Idaho - Children with a wide range of disabilities will have the opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing as they join enthusiastic volunteers during the annual C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event on July 13 at Lake Walcott State Park near Rupert, Idaho.

C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with disabilities and terminal illness an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating.

"For some kids, this is their first experience fishing," said Sarah Wageman, event coordinator for the Bureau of Reclamation's Upper Snake Field Office. "For the volunteers, it's a great opportunity to be part of a special experience that these children will remember for a lifetime."

This event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move Outside" initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity on America's public lands and waterways, and eating healthier.

The participants range in age from 7-16 years old and have a variety of physical or developmental disabilities and, in some cases, a terminal illness. Each participant will receive fishing gear, a tee shirt, and a hat. Local volunteers will provide fishing boats and expertise to assist novice anglers.

The morning fishing event will be followed by a barbecue lunch hosted by the Rupert Elks Club 2106. Partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, Rupert Elks Club 2106, Idaho State Parks, and Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

The Minidoka County Sheriff Department, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and Emergency Response Ambulance will be assisting by providing emergency services for the event. Lake Walcott State Park is off State Highway 24 about 11 miles northeast of Rupert, Idaho.

For information about the event, contact Sarah Wageman, Upper Snake Field Office, at (208) 678-0461, Ext. 48. For background information about the program, contact Shari Kohlbecker at Bureau of Reclamation, Suite 100, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise ID 83706-1234, or (208) 378-5050. Or visit http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/ .

In the event of rain the C.A.S.T. event will be canceled.

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