YAKIMA, Wash. - Children with a wide range of disabilities will have the opportunity to reel in a good time as they join some enthusiastic volunteers during the C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event scheduled for Saturday, June 15, at Sarg Hubbard Pond located on the Yakima Greenway in Yakima, WA.
C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with disabilities and terminal illnesses an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating. This 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.
"This will be a first fish experience for some of these kids," said Jaurette Jackson of the Bureau of Reclamation's Columbia-Cascades Area Office. "It is a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to be part of a special experience that these children will remember for years to come."
The children range in age from 7-16 years old, many have a variety of physical or developmental disabilities and some may suffer with terminal illnesses. Each participant will receive fishing gear, a tee shirt, and a hat, Jackson said.
Local volunteers will serve as fishing buddies and offer assistance to the novice anglers. Reclamation volunteers will also provide a barbecue lunch following the event for all the participants.
Partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, Children's Village, Starbucks Coffee Company, Valley Septic, Culligan Water Softener, McDonalds, Pepsi, Yakama Nation Legends Casino, and TreeTop, Inc.
For more information about the June 15 event, contact Jaurette Jackson at (509) 575-5848, Ext. 269. In case of rain, the C.A.S.T. event will be canceled. To find out more about the C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let's Move Outside events Region-wide, contact Shari Kohlbecker, Regional Coordinator at (208) 378-5050 or visit http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/ .
Released: June 12, 2013