The Waveland Civic Association on Saturday hosted its 10th annual Special Needs Kids' Fishing Rodeo at the Garfield Ladner Pier in Waveland.

"There's a lot of special needs kids that don't get to do things like this," former WCA president Jay Lagasse said. "It's something we met on one night and thought about doing."

The WCA provides each child with a rod, reel, bait, hook, sinkers, and a T-shirt, Lagasse said.

After a morning of fishing, participants were also treated to hamburgers, hot dogs, and snoballs. The members also made cupcakes, Lagasse said.

Lagasse said the organization works with the schools to reach out to students with special needs.

This year, more than 107 students, ages K-12, signed up for the fishing rodeo, he said.

Lagasse said there are several local people and organizations that donate to the event including, Joey Boudin, the Silver Slipper Casino, Coca-Cola, and an American Legion in New Orleans.

Representatives from the Department of Marine Resources also speak with the students and hands out souvenirs, Lagasse said.

"I think it's great for the kids, and it's just for those with special needs," he said.

The WCA also organizes the St. Patrick's Day parade, the Easter Egg hunt, Trunk or Treat, Breakfast with Santa, and recognizes outstanding students each school year.

The WCA is open to male members ages 21 and older. Lagasse said interested parties must be sponsored by two members.

Learn more about WCA through Facebook at Waveland Civic Association, through the website at, or contact WCA president A.J. Andres at

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