Saturday night before the weigh-in of Day Two of the Bassmaster Classic in Fort Worth, Allen Nation of Orange was honored with the C.A.S.T. for Kids B.A.S.S. Humanitarian Award.
Nation is the President and one of the founders of Adaptive Sports for Kids. A.S.K. was formed in December, 2011 with a goal of giving children and adults with special needs the opportunity to play sports and at no cost.
“I’m very honored to receive this award,” Nation said. “But this is a group effort and we couldn’t pull this off without our other board members, volunteers and sponsors.”
Most of the board made the trip to Fort Worth for the special recognition. They included Kerri and David May, DJ Mires, Ronda Nation and John and Rhonda Vickrey. Also Co-Founders Scott and Gay Ferguson.
The C.A.S.T. for Kids B.A.S.S. Humanitarian Award was established to honor someone who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to serving groups such as children with special needs, veterans, abuse survivors or any people who need extra help and support.
It’s the second time the award has been given. Chris Rambough of Idaho won the inaugural award and was on hand to present Nation with a plaque along with Elite fisherman Jay Yelas who works with C.A.S.T. for Kids. Yelas had the opportunity to watch ASK in action on the baseball field when he was in Orange earlier this year to fish on the Sabine River.
“I was impressed with the way the organization was run,” said Yelas. “And the kids appeared to be having a good time and that’s what it is all about.”
Yelas and Nation are working to bring a CAST for Kids event to the Orange area in October.
-Gary Stelly, KOGT-