3687 Muirwood Lane, Roseville CA 95747
WE REGRET HAVING TO CANCEL OUR 2021 EVENT BUT WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE POTENTIAL HEALTH OF OUR PARTICIPANTS. COME BACK NEXT YEAR FOR OUR 2022 EVENT.
Kids Catch A Smile Day started in 1992 as a result of a column Gary Voet wrote in The Sacramento Bee. At the time he was a sportswriter, and covering the outdoors was one of his assignments. He wrote that there should be a special fishing day at a very accessible and safe place, for physically challenged children who don’t have the ability (but do have the desire) to go fishing like most of us.
After a positive response from that column, he started organizing a day that would not only involve fishing for the physically challenged children, but plenty of activities for their siblings and family. Clowns, wildlife exhibits, game booths, karaoke, face-painting … a whole range of activities. Lunch is provided for the entire family, thanks to generous donations from Tooley Oil . When the physically challenged children leave, they are presented with a special bag of donated goodies. And the trout they caught during the event are cleaned and bagged and kept on ice and given to them as they leave.
Click on the "play" button to see a video of previous Kids Catch a Smile Days.
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It was to be a one-time event, but since all the volunteers - as well as the kids and families - had so much fun, it continued. Our next Sacramento/Aerojet event will be the 29th. And, due in large part to a very generous annual donation from the California Inland Fisheries Foundation and Tooley Oil, Kids Catch A Smile Day is insured a long and healthy life.
The Sacramento event (open to a maximum of 60 children aged 5-19) is held at the Aerojet complex in Rancho Cordova on Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 9 am to 1 pm. It is at the former corporate headquarters where there are running streams, cement walkways and flat grass, three large ponds where the trout are planted, and a cement overhang where the luncheon is staged. All around the ponds are games and activities.
AND IT IS ALL FREE!!