C.A.S.T. “Catch A Special Thrill” for Kids Foundation is a public charity established in 1991 to join volunteers who love to fish with children with disabilities and disadvantages for a day of fishing in the outdoors. The Foundation received 501(c)3 status in 1994 and currently runs two distinct programs in communities across the country.
The C.A.S.T. for Kids Program and Events are designed to create an environment whereby children with special needs and their caretakers could benefit, leaving their problems on shore and sharing a day of fun on the water that they may not otherwise get to experience. The charity furthers its mission by increasing awareness of disabled and disadvantaged children in communities and teaching appreciation for natural resources. This is all made possible through the cooperation of government agencies, national and local sponsors, and local interest groups and creates a rare and positive experience for America’s youth.
The was developed in 1996 to introduce and educate urban and at-risk youth populations to the sport of fishing. The Fishing Kids Program and Events are built around the slogan, “Getting more kids fishing, more often,” and designed to create and provide more fishing opportunities outside of the traditional settings.
To date over 500 events have been held in communities from coast to coast providing opportunities for nearly 4,000 youth to take part in our programs annually. The tremendous support of our volunteers, event partners and sponsors combined to make everything possible! With each coming year we look forward to expanding our reach and developing a presences in new communities big and small!