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Students who are blind or visually impaired who might never consider competing in a sports event, are not only winning medals, but also succeeding in their everyday activities. October 19-20, 2012 in Irving, Texas, more than 300 athletes with visual impairments competed in the 14th Annual Sports Extravaganza. Students with visual impairments participated in Paralympic type and national sports such as Track and Field, Goalball, and Beep Baseball.
Bailey 4th grader, Darbie Thompson, brought home four gold medals after competing at the extravaganza.
“This is quite an accomplishment,” said visually impaired teacher, Misty LeFlore.
The Sports Extravaganza encourages physical fitness among children with visual impairments from infants to 22 year olds. Its aim is to lower the barrier encountered by students with visual impairments so they can benefit from physical fitness. Through this annual event, inactivity is replaced by dynamic participation in a variety of activities that encourage students to live a more active lifestyle and lead them to engage in lifelong leisure, recreation, and competitive sports.