UT Rockets host Victory Day for special needs students

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TOLEDO (WTVG) - About 50 special needs students from Toledo Public Schools received help from UT football players. It's all part of a mentorship football program called "Victory Day."

This is the third year for the event at the University of Toledo and something students look forward to.

Organizers say the goal here is for students with special needs have their moment to shine on the football field.

Because of the rain, the event which was slated to be held at the Glass Bowl was moved to the indoor football field at the Fetterman Training Center.

Students with cognitive and physical impairments were paired up with athletes who served as mentors for the day.

Each student was partnered with a UT football player. They wore jerseys, participated in several simulated game-day activities and each were awarded with medals after commemorating their victory.

Parents say it's very rewarding experience for their kids.

"I think it's an awesome day they're able to have fun, the notoriety. Especially special needs kids, they have a different perspective on life. It's not about winning it's about being themselves for a day," said Pat Belcher, a mother whose daughter attends Beverly Elementary.

Washington Local Schools also held a Victory Day event at Whitmer High School for about 20 students.