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Special needs children participate in field day

By Jamey Boyum - email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - bio | email

HARRISON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Hallsville High School hosted a field day for special needs children Friday. Fourteen school districts were invited, and everyone was a winner.

Spencer was pumped up, and with good reason. He had been looking forward to the event since last year. But it was not just participating in this sporting event that made it so great. Each athlete got two buddies - two friends for encouragement and, well, friendship.

"I learned a lot, actually," said Michael Nunez. "I'd say this is a really good experience. You learned a lot from these people. He has a really diverse personality and he's really friendly."

"He just goes up and talks to anybody," said Laura Jounah. "He knows everyone it seems like."

"These are my buddies," said Spencer.

Amy Trawick was there to make sure her son also made a run for the gold.

"Oh, it's wonderful because they don't normally get these opportunities like the rest of the kids do," she said. "And, it's so wonderful to see their expressions, and they get to participate and win and accomplish something. It's a wonderful experience."

The athletes take away a gold medal and a chance to show what they can do, but everyone takes away memories, and the most important thing: friendship.

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