Victory Day brings football game day experience Downriver to children with special needs

RIVERVIEW, I. – Nearly a dozen Downriver school districts teamed up Saturday morning to give 50 children with disabilities the chance to play football or cheer.

Victory Day took place at Gabriel Richard High School in Riverview. Each child teamed up with a soccer player or cheerleader who served as their mentor that day.

Participants took part in a number of game day activities, with each child having their own moment to shine and receiving a medal.

The program was created by Aaron Segedi, a three-time cancer survivor, to give back to his community.

“It was their Super Bowl, their chance to score a touchdown and become the star of the team,” Segedi said. “We had children from 6 to 17 years old. They had a wide range of handicaps and came here to have their moment in the sun and be the star of the team. ”


Victory Day aims to teach those involved in character development, leadership, selflessness and more.

Since its inception, Victory Day has been adopted by schools in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, Florida, and Maryland.

More information can be found here on the official Victory Day website.

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