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Victory Day gives developmentally challenged kids chance to play

Victory Day spreading to other states around country

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TRENTON, Mich. – Players and coaches gathered at the Trenton High School football field Saturday morning for young people like Thomas Wendl.

Thomas is developmentally challenged, and he and dozens of other handicapped kids from the area don't get to cheer or play football on Friday nights.

But Saturday, that changed.

Brad Boler scored two touchdowns Friday night for Trenton High, and Saturday he was at the field with his best friend Marco Kolcheff. The two have become inseparable off the field, and Saturday they made unforgettable memories on it.

"It means the most," said Brad. "I love seeing these kids having a blast scoring touchdowns."

"It's a great things to do," said Marco. "I love Victory Day. It's a good time of the year."

Trenton teacher and assistant football coach Aaron Segedi came up with "Victory Day" after beating cancer three times. He was also inspired by his sister, who donated part of her liver to him.

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Now he's donating his life to these kids.

"When they drive down West Road they say 'mom, that's where I scored my touchdown,'" Segedi said. "That gives chills down my spine that we can do that for another kid."

"I love it, I love it," said Dylan Pasquali, a Trenton student. "I love playing with these guys."

Curtis Taylor's son, Curtis Jr. has cerebral palsy. But he's also all about football, with his player partner Matt Voycik.

"It keeps him in the mainstream where he feels connected, a part of something," Curtis Sr. said. "It makes me happy to see him happy."

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"We look at Victor Day as another football game," Matt said. "They get to go, we get to go."

Saturday, everyone got a chance to score, and everyone came away with a victory. Coach Segedi's work has now inspired Victory Days in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey, with more on the way.


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