Children with a broad range of disabilities will have the opportunity to reel in a good time as they join enthusiastic volunteers at the "Catch a Special Thrill" (C.A.S.T.) for Kids event scheduled for Saturday, August 18, at Black Canyon Park located on East Black Canyon Highway, northeast of Emmett, Idaho.
C.A.S.T. for Kids offers children with disabilities and terminal illnesses an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating. The Black Canyon C.A.S.T. 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.
Deputy Commissioner for Operations, David Murillo, will be at the event to support the children and thank the volunteers and sponsors for their tireless efforts.
"C.A.S.T. for Kids is a wonderful event for these children to enjoy a special day just for them. The kids and their families can experience the excitement of the outdoors by fishing from a boat," said Erika Lopez, Public Involvement Specialist for the Bureau of Reclamation. "This is truly a unique event that creates memories for a lifetime."
The children invited range in age from 7-16 years old and have a variety of physical or developmental disabilities. Each participant will receive fishing gear, a tee shirt, and a hat. The morning fishing events will be followed by a barbecue lunch provided by the local Gem Lions Club. The Gem County Sheriff's Department will provide emergency services for the event.
Partners for this event include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, Idaho BASS Club, Gem County Lions Club, Bucks Insurance, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The State Bass Anglers societies work under the large umbrella of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. Volunteers from the Idaho BASS Club, the Intermountain Jet Boat Association, and other local fishermen will provide fishing boats and their expertise.
For more information about First Lady Obama's initiative, please visit http://www.letsmove.gov/about.
For more information about the August 18th event, contact Erika Lopez, Snake River Area Office at (208) 383-2254. In the event of rain, the C.A.S.T. event will be canceled. To find out more about the C.A.S.T. for Kids event Region-wide, contact Shari Kohlbecker, Regional Coordinator at (208) 378-5050.
Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at www.usbr.gov.
Released: August 15, 2012