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Special Education Students Shine in Sports Challenge

More than 130 special education students from schools across the region came together Friday for a special sports challenge in Scranton.
It was a special Friday in the Electric City.

More than 130 special education students from school districts across the greater-Scranton area came together for a special sports challenge.

The event is now in its fifth year and has been growing every year.

Michael Perry, 17, from Montdale was all smiles as he took part in the event.

"I love it," Perry said. "It's fun."

Perry was one of 135 students who dribbed basketballs and kicked soccer balls inside the Riverfront Sports Complex.

As his grandmother looked on, she says Mike has talked about this day for weeks and it is all about getting him to socialize.

"That's what life is all about, making him happy, getting him to where he should be at," Julie Perry of Montdale said.

The students and staff from NEIU #19's transitional program called "Victory Village" organized the entire program.

"Most of my friends are here. I know some people," student Timothy Roettenbacher said.

"I like sports, all different ones," Maegan MacClean of Dunmore said.

With the help of coaches, the kids took part in several different activities, teaching them sportsmanship and how to work together.

"When the kids were coming in all they kept saying is we've been waiting for this, we've been waiting for this," special education teacher Joan Murphy said. "I think in January there's kinda a lull in activities at school so to have something fun thrown in there it is something for them to look forward to."

The Riverfront Sports Complex has donated their sports facility for several years. All of the students brought non-perishable food items to go to the United Neighborhood Centers.
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