SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – A day of fishing. It’s an activity that many enjoy and today those with disabilities are showing us that it’s not about what you can’t do, rather how we overcome obstacles.
Today, the Capable Kids’ Foundation of the Lower Valley and Fishing’s Future join together for a special session.
Stephanie Wilson, Capable Kids’ Foundation, “We know fishing is fun for everybody, we wanted to give them that opportunity. It also teaches them to get through some barriers that maybe they have.”
For parents with special needs children events like these would be difficult to organize, if not impossible. Community members and volunteers gather to guide participants and their families.
Shane Wilson, Fishing’s Future, “This morning when I taught Nathan how to tie that fishing knot, he’s completely legally blind, teaching him to tie that increases his confidence so that he can try something else.”
Stephanie Wilson, “Really for the families it’s a great day for them to be able to enjoy their kids and have new experiences with them.”
We’re told this is the second time the two groups get together. The events are free to the participants. Their goal, to unite families and to have a safe fishing environment regardless of disability.
“The obstacles are more internal than they are external. A lot of these of these kids are not given the opportunity they are very, very capable.” says Shane Wilson.
The Capable Kids’ Foundation of the Rio Grande Valley hosts special events catered to the special needs community along with the fishing clinics, they plan on adding surfing classes at South Padre Island this summer.