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Activity Extravaganza for Kids with Disabilities
FOX 21 News, KQDS-DT
Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 5:00pm
DULUTH – Northland kids with disabilities enjoyed a free day of adaptive activities put on by Courage Center Duluth and UMD.
Kids from more than 23 different schools took the day off and did not let their disabilities stop them.
"This is my best time coming here," Arrowhead Youth Games participant Sophie Enberg said.
Brother and sister Sophie and Ben were just two of more than 300 kids who left the classroom for a day of fun and physical activities.
"I think it's like fun here and it's so happy," said Sophie.
"We're just having fun," said Ben.
It was their first time participating in Arrowhead Youth Games activity extravaganza on UMD’s field.
“We're racing and doing wheel chair racing," said Ben.
"We were doing juggling," said Sophie.
It's an event for kids with disabilities who may not have been able to compete in their schools Olympic day, and gives them a chance to compete.
"Every kid ought to learn to ride a bike, shoot an arrow,” Courage Center Duluth Program Manager Eric Larson said. "Really work on physical coordination activities."
They did a variety of activities like fishing, dancing, cycling and wheelchair racing.
"Racing, racing is the best, wheel chair racing," said Sophie.
They also played baseball and archery.
"We did shoot the thing,” said Sophie.
But when you shoot it you have to pull it back," said Ben.
Not to mention they were also networking.
"I'm making new friends," said Sophie.
Other than the fun and games, coordinators say the event teaches kids not to let their disabilities limit them.
"We're trying to help kids to understand they really shouldn't use their disability as a reason not to get out and play," said Larson.
It’s an event that happens once a year.
"I wish I could come here every single day," said Sophie.
Inspiring and giving kids a chance to do things they probably would not be able to do.
Arrowhead Youth Games used to be just track and field and now it offers more than 15 different activity stations.