CAST for Kids events planned near Leasburg

           A fishing event for children with special needs is scheduled for Saturday, July 16. C.A.S.T. for Kids will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kemp Lake in Leasburg.


            Registration is required and can be made at https://castforkids.org/event/kemplake/. The website also includes information on how to volunteer or make a donation.
            Participants will receive free fishing gear that includes a rod and reel, tackle box, T-shirt, cap, and photo plaque. The event is open to those 6 to 18 years old. Kemp Lake Game Preserve is located at 1357 Grotemac Lake Road.
            The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation (C.A.S.T. = 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 two programs: C.A.S.T. for Kids and Take a Warrior Fishing.
            The C.A.S.T. for Kids Program is for children with special needs (ages 6-18) and their caretakers, who come together with community volunteers for a fun day of fishing they may not otherwise experience. These events provide a refreshing break from their daily challenges. Spreading a positive message that kids with disabilities can accomplish anything, the event is open to all children, despite their limitations. This is all made possible through national and local sponsors-people who want to make a big difference in the lives of kids with special needs thus strengthening their community.
            The Take A Warrior Fishing Program was 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. For 2022, the program expanded to include First Responders.