Released On: August 06, 2014
C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with a wide range of special needs an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating.
"This is a fun event for the participants and volunteers. Happy memories are made on this special day," said Erika Lopez, event coordinator for the Bureau of Reclamation's Snake River Area Office. "C.A.S.T. for Kids is an amazing program that I look forward to being involved with every year. We are looking for more boat captains to volunteer for this wonderful event."
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 healthy diets and more physical activity on America's public lands and waterways.
The children participating are between 7-16 years old. Each participant receives fishing gear, a C.A.S.T. tee-shirt and hat. When the young anglers are done fishing, they will be treated with lunch and an awards ceremony. The Gem County Sheriff's Department will be on hand to provide emergency services if necessary.
The volunteer partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The State Bass Anglers societies work under the large umbrella of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society which includes volunteers from the Idaho BASS Club, Idaho Jet Boater's Association, Payette River Bassmasters, and other local fishermen who provide fishing boats and professional expertise.
For more information, contact Erika Lopez, Public Involvement Specialist at (208) 383-2254. In case of rain, the event will be canceled. For information about the C.A.S.T. for Kids activities in the Pacific Northwest Region, contact Sandra Ferguson, Reclamation Regional Coordinator at (208) 383-2206 or visit http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/ .
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