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Wheelchair Athletes Mentor The Next Generation at Philadelphia Event

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(Kids' Day athlete Sarah Brandle gets congratulations from her mentor, Jury Overholt, following medal presentations.   Photo by John McDevitt)

(Kids’ Day athlete Sarah Brandle gets congratulations from her mentor, Jury Overholt, following medal presentations. Photo by John McDevitt)

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By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The 34th annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games is being held this week in Philadelphia and New Jersey.

And today, a special kids’ day was held in which children with physical disabilities participated in sporting events.

Twenty-two little champions, ages 4 to 16, all in wheelchairs, gave it their all today at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, in events such as tee-ball, basketball, and slalom.

Each child  was paired with a military veteran wheelchair athlete who mentored them through the event.

“It just makes me feel really happy, and I have been just non-stop smiling,” said one of the participants, 11-year-old Sarah Brandle, of Johnstown, Pa.

Her mentor, Judy Overholt, of Myrtle Beach, SC, is also happy to be taking part.

“They get self-esteem, they build their confidence, they feel like they are a part of a team,” she tells KYW Newsradio.  “And I don’t know if they have this on the outside, but here, we are all one.”

Each child get a medal presented by his or her mentor at the end of the event.

This is the 14th year that the National Veterans Wheelchair Games hosted kids’ day.

 

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