Community helps kids with special needs cast a line
YAKIMA, Wash. -- On Saturday, members of the community such as veterans, police officers and more joined some kids at the pond for a day of fishing.
This is the 26th year for the CAST for Kids fishing event at Sarg Hubbard Park in Yakima.
CAST stands for catch a special thrill and is a group that works with special needs children.
Volunteers helped about 35 kids with disabilities fish on Saturday. Organizers said there was over 2,000 fish in the pond to catch.
Jay Yelas is the Executive Director of CAST for Kids and he said he loves to celebrate these kids and hopes events like this help them build up their confidence.
"If they come out here and have fun and learn a new hobby of fishing and catch a few fish," Yelas said. "They might think to themselves 'hey if i can go fishing, I never thought I could, but if I can do this what else can I do.'"
Yelas said the CAST for Kids Foundation focuses on working with children with special needs and even disabled veterans throughout 37 states.