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Sports Day Out provides recreational activities for disabled East Texans

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This weekend families and friends gathered at the SFA Ag- pond for a day of recreational activities.

 The 12th Annual Sports Day Out event is designed specifically to give those with disabilities a chance to get out and play.

"The activities are really set up for people who are disabled or they don't get a chance to participate very well in those things," said Alan Larson, Chair Nacogdoches Mayor Committee on People with disabilities.

Event officials say that it's important to keep those with disabilities active without anything holding them back. From young children to college students and senior citizens, there was something for everyone.

"Could be somebody in a wheel chair, could be visually impaired, hearing impaired," said Todd Petershagen, Event Coordinator.

Participants spent the day fishing, and playing yard and board games.

Committee Chair Alan Larson says tailoring activities for the disabled wouldn't be possible without community involvement.

"We can put people with disabilities at the center of the event but also include people without disabilities and mix those two groups together," said Larson.

 Along with socializing and getting some fresh air, community resources were on hand for those in need, to help improve other aspects of their lives.

"I think it just brings people with disabilities together and just be friendly with one another and make new friends, we also have community resources here to share with them to maybe have a better quality of life," said Petershagen.

 And letting those with disabilities know they are not alone is the greatest gift, they can give them.

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