Special needs children experience victory day in Trenton

Former UM coach Lloyd Carr delivers inspiration message

Published On: Sep 15 2012 07:12:22 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 15 2012 08:06:54 PM EDT
TRENTON, Mich. -

Sixty cognitively and physically impaired children received a special sports game-day experience Saturday at the Trenton High School football field.

The children took part in Victory Day, a special event created in 2010 by Aaron Segedi, a Trenton teacher and varsity football defensive coordinator.  Segedi is a two-time cancer survivor and liver transplant recipient who established Victory Day to honor his sister's selflessness as an organ donor.

Each of the special needs children partnered with either a Trenton High School football player or cheerleader serving as their mentor.  The children wore special jerseys or held cheer pom-poms and took part in simulated game-day activities.

Retired former University of Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr delivered an inspirational message and presented medals to the children taking part.

More than 80 football players, 25 cheerleaders and 119 marching band members from Trenton High School gave of their time.

They were supported by high school students from seven neighboring downriver school districts.