Community gearing up for special day on the water

This year’s C.A.S.T. for Kids event on Lake Chickamauga is set for Saturday, Aug. 18 from 8:30 a.m. until 1p.m. at the Dayton Boat Dock.

One of the most anticipated days of the summer will return in mid-August as the C.A.S.T for Kids fishing event is set for Saturday, Aug. 18 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Dayton boat dock.  

The event is designed to provide children (ages 5-17) with disabilities the  opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing.

According to the official website, The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation (Catch A Special Thrill) is a public charity that was formed in 1991 to join volunteers who love to fish with children who have special needs and disadvantages for a day of fishing in the outdoors.

The Foundation became an official 501(c)3 in 1994 and currently hosts three programs: C.A.S.T. for Kids, Fishing Kids and Take a Warrior Fishing.

C.A.S.T. for Kids Program: Designed to create an environment whereby special needs children 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, local interest groups and creates a rare and positive experience for America’s youth.

Fishing Kids Program: In 1996, it was developed to introduce and engage urban youth in the sport of fishing. The Fishing Kids Program is built around the slogan, “Getting more kids fishing, more often,” and is designed to create and provide more fishing opportunities for urban youth.

Take A Warrior Fishing Program: Established in 2011 and is designed to support military personnel and their families, specifically targeting persons assigned to Warrior Transition Commands, by creating an adaptive community-based outdoor recreation experience through the sport of fishing.  The main goals of this program are to restore that disconnect by increasing family interaction, encouraging outdoor recreation, and supporting positive, social interactions that help transitioning service members rebuild connections with the civilian world.

Those interested in registering as a participant, volunteer or boat captain for the C.A.S.T. event next month in Dayton should visit  www.castforkids.org/event/lakechickamauha  For additional information, contact Christina Goins at 423-664-2339.

Christopher Hall can be reached at sports@rheaheraldnews.com