Eastern Michigan — both its coaching staff and players — hosted a special event for cognitively and physically impaired children Friday at Rynearson Stadium.
EMU Victory Day is what the Eagles football program called it.
According to a school press release, the children received a complete game day experience.
Each child walked through the tunnel toward midfield of Rynearson Stadium and had their name announced one-by-one with their biography and picture flashing on the scoreboard, similar to the pre-game routine the Eagles go through during the fall.
The children divided into two groups to do individual football drills and to compete in a game-like setting.
Drill stations consisted of throwing nets, agility bags and kicking.
On the other end of the field, children ran offensive and defensive plays with Eastern Michigan’s football players.
Each child received a medal before posing for a group photo and wrapping up the day by singing the Eastern Michigan fight song.
Trenton High teacher and varsity football defensive coordinator Aaron Segedi created EMU Victory Day in 2010.
Check out a YouTube video the school’s athletics department uploaded after the event: