Special needs players shine at Trenton school's Victory Day

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:00:48 AM EST
Updated On: Sep 14 2013 06:49:57 PM EDT

Athletes and coaches stage their annual Victory Day event for special needs children at Trenton High School.

TRENTON, Mich. -

It looks like a regular high school football game at Trenton High, but it is much more than that: It's the 4th annual Victory Day.

Fifty special needs kids had their moment to shine on the football field Saturday.

The founder of Victory Day, Aaron Segedi, is a two-time cancer survivor. His sister saved his life by donating a liver to him.

Segedi presented the concept nationally and the program was adopted by schools in Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey and Maryland.

During the event, each child was partnered up with a Trenton High School football player or cheerleader who served as their mentor for the day.

Organizers said participants wore a Victory Day jersey donated by Nike or held cheer pom-poms and participated in a number of simulated game-day activities.

Victory Day has gained the support from highly respected athletes and coaches like former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr.

"It never gets old, we'll have a great time," said Carr.

Eight downriver districts also joined together Saturday to give their student athletes the opportunity to partner with special needs children.

"It's just great to see the smiles on their face," said Senior player Chase Abraham. "We got our dance planned out already."

On Saturday, everyone walked away from the field with a victory.

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