Excellent program for special needs kids. We attended the one in Waco a couple of times. So impressed we started one in our area. Had our first event a couple of weeks ago. I believe it was a great success. Already planning next year’s event!
So much fun seeing children achieve not only success but also confidence at each event i attend.
Un unbelievable non profit who positively impacts the lifes of the special needs community. 25 year anniversary this year says it all. Thousands of children blessed.
Love their mission and events. So much fun. A worthy cause!
From everything I have learned about C.A.S.T., is that they are in it for the kids, not just any kids, but kids with Special Needs who are often neglected when it comes to activities, especially fishing. Volunteering at an event in our town this year was a lot of hard work, but the reward was so worth it. Seeing those kids come off the water with Smiles as big as you could see was special! C.A.S.T does everything possible to make these kids and their families feel special and the funds are used to help make the events a big success!
Cast truly cares about our kids and our community. They were so kind and made my child feel very special. We appreciated the opportunity to spend the day with you!
I got involved with Cast for Kids 7 years ago and the blessings for my self and the kids are countless. I can’t wait each year to volunteer for 1-2 events each year. Each year I always look forward to spending time with the kids as their parents get to sit back and watch....the smiles the families have is what makes it all worth it. Sign up spend the day at an event, I promise you won’t be disappointed!
I have worked with CAST for 3 years now and I am always amazed at how wonderful the events are. Unfortunately we could not hold our event this year do to Covid 19 but we will be back next year, bigger and stronger than ever. All of these events would not be possible without the wonderful folks at CAST. Every time, and anytime I have a questions, someone is there to answer. The most wonderful thing that the CAST organization does is bring bright, large smiles to all the people involved; we all look forward to the event every year.
The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation is an amazing organization. The joy it has brought to our community is truly priceless. We have hosted C.A.S.T. for Kids the past three years. My teenage son and his friends love to fish and enjoy working with special needs children. They had a vision to put the two things they love together for a day of pure joy. It has been a blessing to see the smiles and hear the laughter of such special kids. We will forever be thankful for the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation.
The first annual C.A.S.T. for Kids Event at Leitchfield City Park was a huge success!! We had 42 eager participants and over 100 volunteers. Each participant was paired with a fishing coach for a few hours of fishing and fun. Many children caught their very first fish!! Throughout the morning children and their families also enjoyed music, displays, face-painting, balloon animals, clowns, treats and prizes. The day came to an end with lunch, awards, and many fishing stories. I feel the C.A.S.T. for Kids event will help the children and their families to spend more time at Leitchfield City Park in the future, and enjoy the great outdoors. Thanks to the efforts and hard work, we were able to create an environment where children and adults could leave their worries on shore and share a day of fishing and fun. All those who participated definitely helped put a smile on the faces of many children and a warm feeling in their parents hearts. C.A.S.T. for Kids is a blessing to many and I am forever thankful for their foundation.
C.A.S.T. for Kids has been such a community changer in our town! To be able to see everyone come together and gain so much joy and love from an event is amazing. Not only does it touch the lives of children who have disabilities along with their families, but it is also such an amazing opportunity for volunteers and boat captains to share the love in their hearts. Indiana just had their second event ever and it keeps getting better and better! The more people we can reach, more love will be spread!
We look forward to volunteering at this event every year. Seeing each and every smile from the kids and parents, each one so filled with joy. It takes so little time to give back and it means so much to so many. We will keep coming back to volunteer as C.A.S.T.
Seeing all the smiles on the kids faces after catching a fish is something I will never forget!! Priceless!! I highly recommend being a volunteer or donating to C.A.S.T. so you can see the happiness they are able to give children by taking them fishing.
C.A.S.T. is an incredible organization that truly makes a difference in a kids life as well as everyone who volunteers. I love being able to be involved with an organization that has a goal of putting smiles on kids faces as well as give every child the love and attention they deserve. the volunteers are passionate about bringing joy and encouragement. What truly sets this organization apart is giving each kid the opportunity of doing something they didn't think they could. the reactions and sheer joy is so rewarding for everyone involved! C.A.S.T. is such a blessing and is truly making an incredible difference in kids lives.
On Sept. 21st I volunteered for the third straight year at the C.A.S.T. for Kids event on Lake Tyler, Texas. Again, it was so heartwarming to see the faces of the special needs kids as they received their caps, tee shirts, poles, and tackle boxes followed by pictures taken with their boaters! Big smiles on all as they left with their boaters. For some ,the boat ride was as exciting as catching a fish-----and the stories grew from a 6 inch fish to 36 inches!! The awards ceremony was very special as each child and boater received a 5 by 7 picture! Lunch was cooked by the Texas Farm Bureau, Andy's supplied the custard cups, and Super 1 donated a cake decorated in a fishing theme that served 96! It was an amazing day for all. Will I volunteer again next year? You bet!! Kim Meyer
I have volunteered at the Tyler, Texas C.A.S.T. event for the past two years! At both events I was struck with the JOY each child showed as each received his/her pole, tackle box, cap, and shirt , as each was introduced to his/her boater, having Chick Fil lunch , and receiving a picture award at the Awards Ceremony! Each child felt SO special! I felt privileged to be a part of this very worthwhile event to help those with special needs!
This is an amazing foundation, that does beautiful things for children. Thank you for providing this opportunity for my daughter and supporting the parents at these events.
CAST is such a great organization, providing inclusive experiences resulting in lots of smiles! I love following the group on social media and getting to see the kids' smiles daily. If you have a child with special needs, you won't be disappointed with the love, attention and pure enthusiasm the CAST employees and volunteers bring on event day. The members of this group are passionate about fishing and bringing joy to others. I highly encourage all to volunteer and parent's of special needs children to participate. Trust me, it's worth it.
CAST for kids makes a difference! Parents have the opportunity to take their kids with disabilities fishing when otherwise it would be very challenging. Cast makes it easy and fun and for a while that child doesn't have a disability. It's a freeing experience for most of the children and their parents. There is a smile on every single person's face at the CAST for Kids events. That's what it is about... smiling and having fun!
My all-time favorite volunteer experience! To watch children have the opportunity to fish and how excited they are to catch one is so fun. I love how this foundation takes a fun hobby and makes a way for every child to participate. The impact these children have on everyone is immeasurable. The smiles on the faces of all parents as they watch others pour into their children is beautiful to witness.
My family and I have been truly blessed by C.A.S.T. for kids. My son has autism, and we have been so focused on just making it through the day. C.A.S.T. helped us break out of that day to day struggle. Our son has more confidence. As a family we have started to do more outside. We decided to get a used bass boat, after seeing our son's reaction to riding on a bass boat with his boat captain. I am now scheduled to use that bass boat in another C.A.S.T. event. We have met many people with great big hearts. We are building life long friendships. We are excited about where C.A.S.T is taking us!
I love seeing the pictures and videos of the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation events. I’ve had the opportunity to attend their annual event the last two years in Elkton, Oregon on the Umpqua River. The location is picturesque and the kids have a ton of fun catching numerous small mouth bass.
My fondest memory thus far was watching numerous boats floating silently down the river and hearing the voice of one of the children proclaiming for all to hear “BEST DAY EVERRR!”. Hearing this child’s pure joy was a wonderful example of what C.A.S.T. for Kids does for children, families, and all who are involved.
I just wanted to publically say “Thank you C.A.S.T. for not only touching and impacting numerous kids and their families across the country, but also those who are fortunate to volunteer and witness such pure happiness.”
This is my opportunity to share with you my brother, Jeff Barnes, who is the C.A.S.T. for Kids’ Eastern Regional Director. I may be a bit bias, but this is a heartfelt review nonetheless. My brother has fished as long as I can remember. He has often said that he wished all young children could be introduced to fishing. When he became a father, his priorities of course changed, but his love for fishing remained, as his love for family grew tenfold. Now, to combine that love of fishing and to bring joy to children and their families, as well as support military personnel, is simply a win/win for ALL. The joy that I’ve seen and heard through numerous photos, videos and shared stories speaks volumes about C.A.S.T. For my brother to be able to put a fishing rod in the hands of someone who may not otherwise have the opportunity, is simply a blessing. You won't want to miss being a part of this amazing opportunity, whether it's as a participant or a volunteer!
C.A.S.T. for kids is one of the best days of the year for me as a parent and as a co-captain for other children with special needs. My son has significant developmental delays and he loves being out on the water with his own captain. I never worry because I know he is being treated with care and compassion. Every aspect of the event is top-notch- from the volunteers, plaques, gifts, food, presentation of awards, etc. For anyone who has not experienced C.A.S.T, you are missing out!
C.A.S.T. for kids is an event that my family looks forward to every year. We have experienced it on both sides – and boaters and as participants. The joy on the faces of the children as they feel the wind in their hair or catch a fish is something that is not forgotten. For many of these children, it is their only time each year to be able to fish. The event is so well organized and each child walks away with lots of goodies (rod/reel, full tackle box, shirt, etc). As parents of a child with special needs, we appreciate the opportunity to join other families and just enjoy watching our kids have fun! Brent and Lori Skidmore
My husband and I live in SW Florida and are both passionate about fishing and being in the outdoors. We wanted to find a way to share our passion for fishing with kids in our community and a simple Google search led us to CAST for Kids Foundation. Their long-standing credibility and track record of amazing events made us feel safe choosing this organization.
We spoke with the Eastern Regional Director who was super passionate about the cause and got us excited about hosting an event of our own! We loved that we could plan and coordinate our event however we wanted but had the support of the organization every step of the way. We raise the funds and they send us SO MUCH to make it a high-quality event (tackle boxes and rods for the kids, plaques, event t-shirts, etc.).
We've now hosted 2 CAST for Kids events and we don't plan on stopping! The kids in our community love this event and look forward to it all year. For many of them, it's the only time they get to fish or be on a boat. The captains and the volunteers come back every year and love creating a special day for so many deserving children.
Highly recommend CAST for Kids Foundation! They are a stellar organization who truly believes that every child is capable of greatness!
I watch members of my family return from attending and volunteering at CAST for kids events. The joy and stories they tell bring joy to this old woman. Great foundation who truly care about the children with special needs who attend the events.
I've been to many events over the years, and seeing the joy this foundation brings to the children is not only rewarding for them, but for myself. I will always be a part of this great organization. Looking forward to seeing it grow and touch many more lives like it has mine.
The people who work for C.A.S.T. are personable and kind and have a heart to love on every single kid and their families. It is a blessing to be a small part in helping them reach more children who, like all of us, need to be reminded they are special because they are who they are.
As a first-time participant as a co-captain at the recent CAST for Kids event at Hagg Lake, OR it was inspiring for me to see all the smiles on the kids faces. We loaded up the kids in our boat for a great day of fishing and laughter. One of the boys was nearly blind but could see the light reflecting on the water and also touched the fish and smelled the fish using his other senses. After he slayed his first fish, I noticed a big difference in his mood. He began to smile and move his head back and forth. He was getting what we like to call “fish fever” every time we caught another trout.
His brother and sister also had a blast and were able to use the Cadence fishing poles themselves which gave them a new found confidence. Their mom even got in on the action and bonked the trout before putting them in the cooler. All-in-all, it was an absolutely amazing day on the water. I was thrilled to be a part of it, and would highly recommend it to others to get involved. We even ended the boat ride on a high note with what we like to call the “Haag Lake Bath”, spraying the kids and their mom with water which everyone loved. Although I think I got the brunt end of it which the kids thought was funny, haha. After we unloaded everyone, their mom gave my dad, the boat captain, and I a big hug. She said this was the best event ever and they will be participating in it next year and will look for our boat, which was a true testament to the power and impact of the C.A.S.T. for Kids events.
I would encourage you and your friends to get involved in upcoming events by volunteering or donating as it has a tremendous impact on a child’s life. www.castforkids.org
At C.A.S.T. for Kids, we believe in empowering all kids to catch a special thrill by taking them on a fun-filled day of fishing, celebrating them as loved and valuable, and encouraging them to believe anything is possible. Our program has been proven to enrich the lives of children with special needs by hosting events that prove children with disabilities can accomplish anything! Our events allow them to enjoy a unique fishing and boating event, one where they can leave their cares on shore and feel “normal” for a day. The events have many lasting benefits. The kids feel genuinely loved, valued and accepted by their community, and are celebrated as winners at our awards ceremony. We’ve seen tremendous positive improvements in growing their social skills and overcoming behavioral issues through their interactions at events with community volunteers and children of similar disabilities. Encouraging the kids with a team-oriented approach, the CAST for Kids Foundation has enhanced the lives of over 120,000 kids over the last 3 decades.
I've known Jim Behnken, the West Coast Director, for over 20 years and it has been a joy to volunteer at these events. Watching these kids catch fish, for many it's the first time they've fished much less catch a fish, and seeing their joy is very rewarding.
I can say I have volunteered with this charity at my local event for several years. The kids get so excited about fishing and love the plaque they get with their picture! The community joins in and it has been fulfilling to me as a volunteer. God makes us all different from one another but this non profit gives these kids a chance to do something they can’t do like everyone else. It is all about and for the kids. They are awesome!
I have volunteered several times for Cast for Kids. What has been most endearing about these kids’ events is seeing the joy on the child’s face in connecting with a fish on the line for the first time! It is a wonder to behold! Such a sense of accomplishment, being on a boat, fresh air, experiencing a brand new adventure, and best of all expressing sounds of joy, laughter, freedom, and mostly a positive connection with nature and other fishermen. A true sense of belonging when often there is none. Mom and dad are over joyed too!
This is a wonderful organization that promotes the joy of fishing encouraging involvement by special needs children and veterans across the USA. I attended an event this summer at Green Lake in Seattle. What a wonderful experience! The joy of the children, parents and volunteers was inspiring. This event was actually for all with a diverse population participating.
What better gift can you give a child than a day of fun that they wouldn't have had otherwise? C.A.S.T. does that again and again. Please help them create fond memories that last a lifetime.
My first experience with C.A.S.T For Kids was several years ago as a volunteer at a Fishing Kids Event. I was invited to help by a woman I was dating and had no clue about C.A.S.T or what they do. I only knew I liked the woman, I liked fishing, and I liked kids so why not. After an exhausting day helping kids bait hooks, land fish, untangle lines, I was walking back to my car and I realized I wanted to organize an Event in my neighborhood. Seeing those smiling kids experience the outdoors and truly enjoying themselves is very meaningful and sadly scarce for most urban kids in today's world. Yes, C.A.S.T For Kids and tell you the stats they pull off in terms of the number of kids, fish caught, events, etc but their is no way to measure the intangible benefit of a positive life long memory for a child or how that one experience may help them benefit society throughout their life. This is the real fruits of C.A.S.T For Kids efforts and why I am proud to volunteer to be a local organizer at an event in my neighborhood.
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What a great event and organization. It is well put together and seeing the smiles on the kid's faces are priceless. I've been a volunteer now a few times and it's one of those events that I look forward to every year.
I’ve been able to experience two C.A.S.T for Kids events and I must say that they are inspiring. They are caring for the those who are normally cast out or forgotten. They are giving the gift of memories and joy to these kids who likely have never had an experience fishing. Their events are well done, and not just for the sake of being professional, but because a well-running event shows how much they value those kids. All around, this organization is doing amazing things and deserves recognition and participation. What an amazing thing! This is a picture from an event in the South.
I have been a donor to C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation now for about 6 years. I hired Jim Behnken for guide trips on Falcon lake and he introduced me to the foundation. He and I have become strong friends and now he is a full time employee of the foundation.
As a result I am very aware of the amount of time and effort he and the other members of the foundation and their supporters put in to make these events happen for the kids. While I have not attended any events I have seen scores of videos showing the kids and the remarkable impact these events have on them. With all the negative press easily found on "sham" charitable foundations It is refreshing to know my donations go directly to the production of these events for the kids. It clearly makes a positive impact on the kids and gives me great pride to be a part of it. Anyone reading this - please reach out and make a donation to this great cause.
I cannot say enough good things about CAST for Kids or Fishing Kids... I have been helping as a volunteer off and on for over 20 years and was hooked like a bass on a fat juicy nightcrawler after my very first interaction with them in the late 1990's.
I am now a fisheries biologist and love working with kids events and it is my personal goal to help 10,000 kids catch their first fish... among many other groups I work with, CAST For KIds and Fishing Kids helps keep that goal achievable.
Two springs ago I was able to participate with them at Island Lake near Silverdale Washington at a Fishing Kids event... what was really cool is for my first time I was able to have my brother Brian help as well as my nephew Max help... remember the fat juicy nightcrawler... I got them hooked, hook line and sinker!
What really capped off the day for me was when I had helped a little boy and girl catch their "first fish ever in the whole world"and was later finishing up and chatting with their mom. She had asked where she was to return the tackle boxes and poles when I explained they were hers to keep so the kids could continue fishing... she was overwhelmed and stated she had always wanted to take her kids fishing but as a single mother had no idea as to how to or where to and had no-one to show her. It just so happened that she lived close by and my nephew and brother( whom both had just inhaled a nightcrawler) lived just miles from her and is the Port Commisioner for the Port of Keyport... I introduced them and the invitation to fish off the pier was on!
This is just one of many great stories I could share with you about these events... an amazing group and one that changes kids one fish at a time.
I have a dear friend Don Collens who is in the Wildcat Steelhead Club in Sedro Woolley who has a saying, "it isn't the kid who catches the fish but rather the fish that catches the kid". It is so true... I have seen kids lives changed just because they had someone volunteer some timet to take and show them how to fish, show they mattered, and that little one had their eyes opened into a whole new world of the great outdoors!
Thank you again CAST for Kids! You keep me a kid even though I am way older than most other kids who play in the lake!
Biggest kick that made my day at this event was when parents thanked me and my fellow volunteers for giving their child the opportunity to catch a fish as well as making this possible for their kids. Seeing the smiles and reactions of the kids either catching a fish or getting their plaques was absolutely priceless. I will do it again and again as long as I am permitted to do so.
I am a volunteer for the CAST FOR KIDS event here in Tyler Texas. I have had a wonderful experience watching these kids enjoy one of the biggest days of their lives.
All are smiles, including their parents, at the end of the event , telling stories about riding in a boat or catching fish for the first times in their lives.
It was a win win experience for all of us.
CAST for Kids is an organization committed to a simple mission: providing a day of recreation to kids that have limited opportunities to enjoy the outdoors due to illness or other obstacles. Although there are numerous barriers that have to be properly addressed the CAST staff and nationwide network of longtime volunteers have developed a program that has proven to provide a unique and exceptional day of fun. The kids get to just be kids for a day and anyone who attends a CAST event will never look at life through the same lens again. CAST is a life changer!
I volunteered as a boater and also donated some tackle and helped get life jackets together for our first event my friends and I helped put together. It was a great success and these kids are truly super happy to get out and catch some fish.
For the past three years I have served as a volunteer at the Cast for Kids event at Hagg Lake in Oregon. All three times I had a great time – the event was well organized, the volunteers were enthusiastic, and the participants were thrilled to be going for a boat ride – as well as going fishing.
By creating the opportunity for children with special needs to experience the outdoors in a safe and supportive environment, Cast for Kids nurtures their imagination, promotes their physical and mental well being, and helps ensure that all of our children have the right to experience the natural world.
Two thumbs way up!
CAST for Kids provides opportunities for special needs children and parents to take a break from their everyday routines. Many of these kids would never get an opportunity to go in a boat and fish.
CAST for Kids is special organization that creates life long memories for those involved. Keep up the great work !
CAST for Kids is a "heart touching" charity. I have had the pleasure of volunteering with friends and family at 3 events. The events were so organized and so generous. I will never forget the smiles and the joy of watching the kids pose with their fish and trophies. These kids are precious. We need more charities like CAST for kids.
Thank you CAST!!
I have been to several CAST for Kids events over the years, and they are a wonderful experience for everyone involved. The kids obviously love it as they are the center of everyone's attention for the day. Their parents are deeply touched by all the generosity that is poured out on their children by all the volunteers. And of course, my volunteer friends and I always feel plenty of gratification at the end of the day for getting to share the joy of fishing with those less fortunate.
CAST for kids is one of the greatest organizations I have had the pleasure of being involved in. Since 2004 I have volunteered with my family at lake Calaveras in Texas. CAST changes lives and gives children and their families a day to completely forget what's going on back at home. Over the years I have seen children start the day scared of fishing but by the end, completely loving it and having a blast! Parents and friends of these children walking up to the volunteers with tears in their eyes thankinf them for showing their children a wonderful time. I am honored to be apart of such a great organization.
I have volunteered for C.A.S.T. for Kids and am a donor. To see the excitement in the children's faces is worth the time and money I have spent! The kids love it! I get as much out of it as they do. I take the photos of each child and their boat captain and both are always grinning ear to ear! This is truly a nonprofit worth supporting. My husband and daughter volunteer at the event so it is a great way to support this charity "as a family"!
While there are many great organizations to volunteer for, our time to do so is very limited. Thirteen years ago Byron and I discovered C.A.S.T. for Kids from Jim Behnken who asked if we were interested and did so. We were so excited about how the program was all about the kids and giving so much more back to them with great learning skills with enthusiasm. While it is a tremendous task to get children out of their comfort zone and into the field the C.A.S.T. team and volunteers make it a fun and educational day. It is such a Special Thrill to watch a child learn how to fish, and be able to go home with a fishing pole, plaque with their picture on it holding their fish and all the memories. In turn we get a SPECIAL THRILL !!!!!
Sandy & Byron Saunders
By far, some of the best experiences of my life have been the times I'm wearing a CAST shirt. Amazing foundation bringing so much to so many.
This is about grown men taking handicapped children out in their boats and teaching them how to fish. The questions is. Who's getting the most out of this experience? The child or that OL Fisherman!You have to attend a CAST event! It could change your life. It did mine. I married one of those "OL Fisherman"!
My 5 yr old autistic son had a great day with a "fishing mentor". He went on the boat with his private volunteer and enjoyed a day at sea. He was allowed to bring his family members and was introduced to fishing and boating for the first time. The volunteer was very patient and helpful. After they had a bbq and everyone got awards. It was great!
"C.A.S.T for Kids" is an outstanding non-profit program for disable kids. This program allows disabled kids the opportunity to go fishing with volunteers who are good fisheren and great compassionate teachers. This program made a huge impact on my daughter Esther who has Downs Syndrome. She fished, pulled up crab pots, saw a lazy sea lion and was able to Captain the boat (drive it). My daughter has not stopped talking about our host "Dave" who was wonderful, gental and very good with Esther. Every volunteer I met was sooooo thankful to be a part of this program. C.A.S.T for Kids is my choice for the outstanding non-profit organization. Thank you, Jerry Listle
C.A.S.T for Kids is a great program. While fundraising I have met handfuls of not only disabled kids but also volunteers that came up to me just to tell me how this program is and how much it has fulfilled their lives. I am very proud to continue to volunteer and help such a wonderful group of people comitting themselves to providing joy in the lives of disabled children. I would highly recommend this program to receive an award as an outstanding non-profit organization.