Hundreds of Visually Impaired Students Compete in Annual Sports Extravaganza

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Irving -- Hundreds of visually impaired athletes competed for the gold at the 16th Annual Sports Extravaganza in Irving.

Coordinator Vonecia Hines says “This sporting event allows out visually impaired students to participate in sports that non-visually impaired students are able to participate in throughout the year.”

The weekend long event features paralympic- type games like track and field, goalball, and beep baseball.

For Denitra Rideaux’s visually impaired son, Leonard Lewis, taking home some medals means everything!

“He talks about it like two weeks in advance, about him winning medals”, said Ledow.

But for some competitors like Demetria Ober, winning first place isn’t what the friendly match-up’s all about.

“I think it’s very fun, you get to meet new people and reconnect with your friends”, said Ober.

Local sponsor groups and volunteers take part every year in hopes to cheer on and encourage visually impaired kids, teens, and young adults.

Ken Gleason with Lions Club International says the competition is “…is really a heartwarming experience, to be able to be a part of this and obviously you’ve seen any of the kids competing here, they just love every minute of it.”

Medals, friends, and lifetime experiences, makes everyone here—a winner!

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