School’s out at Michigan State, and classes are complete. But it’s not graduation that’s driving families from near and far to campus.
The Michigan Victory Games, in its 41st year, has brought in over 100 athletes and 300 volunteers for an extended weekend. Here’s the catch: this is the only time many of the athletes are able to show off their skills--whether on a track or on a dance floor--because of a physical disability.
“For people with disabilities, it’s always important to keep them active,” games director Stella Husch said, noting that the event provides immediate benefits. “Learning new skills, increasing their socialization.”
Mary Ann Weaver is President of the Michigan Victory Games. She first got involved as a parent supporting her son, who has cerebral palsy. She says that physical handicaps don’t extinguish the competitive flame.
“We’re trying to broaden their horizons,” Weaver said. “It is similar to a family, but it’s also a competition and it’s a good time.”
The games go throughout the weekend, with a focus on track and field events. There will also be a dance and a trip to the Demmer Shooting Center. Volunteers and supporters are always encouraged and can find out more at MichiganVictoryGames.org.