2011 marks the 20th Anniversary for the C.A.S.T. for Kids program’s extraordinary outdoor event which teams sponsors and volunteers with area youngsters for a day of fishing sportsmanship. May 14, 2011, also marked the 14th C.A.S.T. for Kids event at Navajo Lake, New Mexico, sponsored by the Bureau of Reclamation’s Four Corners Construction Office. The Navajo Lake event is one of the largest C.A.S.T. events in the United States. This 2011 event was also a “Let’s Move Outside!” event, the Department of the Interior’s component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s national “Let’s Move!” initiative to promote outdoor physical activity for children and families.
Sixty-nine challenged and disadvantaged children experienced the joy of fishing with many community volunteers on 26 private boats and seven pontoon boats. For some kids, this was their first fishing experience. The young anglers were educated about boat safety, angler ethics, and the importance of natural resources.
Volunteers from Reclamation’s Four Corners Construction Office and the Bureau of Land Management’s Farmington Field Office team together with others from around the Four Corners area to provide an exceptional experience for these young anglers each year. In addition to learning about fishing and related resources, outdoor exercise and nutrition were also featured at this year’s event.
Each year, Reclamation sponsors many C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing events at reservoirs across the West. These events are intended to provide disabled and disadvantaged children the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing. For more information, visit: the CAST for Kids web site.
Released: May 19, 2011