Kids Overcome Disabilities with Sports Ability


HARRISONBURG -- At James Madison University on Saturday, kids showed that having a disability does not have to stop them.

Fifteen kids with disabilities from all over the state took to the pitch to play adapted soccer.

One of the organizers for the event said it is important to let kids know that having a disability does not have to stop them from playing sports - it just changes the way they play. So today they learned how to do that.

Eleven-year-old Kyla Roerty has cerebral palsy, but that did not keep her from competing.

The best part of the day?

"That there's kids like me and different kids and we all get to have fun and that we're equally treated," Kyla said.

"As any parent knows, they just want their kids to be accepted," said Kyla's mother, Julee Roerty. "And to come out here today and be able to play like her peers and to be able to bond with the college students has been magnificent."

The kids also met with college professors and mentors who let them know that having a disability does not have to stop them from going to college, either.


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