PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The 31st National Veteran Wheelchair Games are being held in Pittsburgh at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center this year and hundreds of athletes are taking part in several different sports and activities.
But Friday was a very special day because kids got the chance to join the festivities.
The veterans took a break from all the competing and took the youngsters under their wings. The vets had a chance to teach the kids what it takes to be an athlete during “Kids Day,” which was held at Shady Side Academy.
Young athletes came out to take part in many sports ranging from softball to basketball, and to learn from the veterans who understand the challenges they overcome every day.
“They are going to be able to overcome a lot more obstacles because they are going to be used to it,” said one veteran mentor.
Even though today was for the kids, the veterans were the ones that seemed to be motivated by the joy and efforts of the young ones.
“Our hearts are growing by four times, this is so exciting,” said one of the coaches. “I’m going to do wonderful in track whether I win or lose.”
It proved to be a growing experience for everyone. By taking part in this event, some of these children will go on to be professional wheelchair athletes.