PRINEVILLE, Ore. - The Bureau of Reclamation's Bend Field Office will hold a C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event Saturday, July 13 at Prineville Reservoir State Park near Prineville. Children with a wide range of disabilities will have the opportunity to reel in a good time as they join some enthusiastic volunteers.
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.
"It is a wonderful event for the kids,," said Sandra Ferguson of Reclamation's Snake River Area Office in the Pacific Northwest Region. "This is my first year working as the Regional Coordinator for this event and I'm looking forward to this great experience."
The children range in age from 7-16 years old and have a variety of physical and/or developmental disabilities. Each participant will receive fishing gear, a tee shirt and a hat.
Volunteers from the Central Oregon BASS Club and some non-member clubs will"Le provide fishing boats and expertise to assist novice anglers. The state bass anglers' societies work under the umbrella of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society.
The morning fishing event will be followed by a barbecue lunch donated by Tom and Charley's Sub Shop & Pizzeria, The Dawg House, Grocery Outlet of Prineville, Eberhard's Dairy of Redmond, Apple Peddler Restaurant in Prineville, and hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Prineville. The Oregon State Park, Crook County Sheriff's Office, and Search and Rescue units will be assisting with the picnic, parking, traffic control and marine patrol.
Other donor-friendly groups this year are Ray's Food Place in Prineville, Starbucks in Prineville, Bigfoot Beverages Company in Bend/Eugene, National Fish Carvers Guild and Sportsman's Warehouse in Bend. New donors and volunteers are needed and encouraged to participate.
Partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, Central Oregon Bass Club, Kiwanis Club of Prineville, and Crook County Sheriff's Office.
For more information about the July 13 event or the C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let's Move Outside events Region-wide, contact Sandra Ferguson, Regional Coordinator at (208) 383-2206 or visit http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/ . In case of rain, the event will be canceled.
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