The City of Nacogdoches celebrate those with disabilities

The City of Nacogdoches celebrate those with disabilities
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Eleno Flores and his mother Wally Chandler spent their Saturday afternoon fishing at Stephen F. Austin's Ag Pond. Chandler said it's not every day that her son gets to go fishing.

"Eleno was born with Cerebral palsy," said Chandler.

The disorder affects Eleno's ability to move and maintain balance and posture.

The Nacogdoches Mayor's Committee in conjunction with SFA Disability Service held their 14th Annual Sports Day Out event on Saturday. One of the event organizers, Daniel Roger, said a simple task like fishing can be quite complicated for a person with a disability.

"It takes a lot of planning and energy to get out," said Roger. "So they look forward to this and they plan for this weeks ahead of time."

Chandler said that her son woke her up early this morning to make sure that they made it to the event.

"When we parked and got off the van he left me," Chandler said, adding, "So I asked the volunteers if they saw a remote control wheeler chair passing by."

Eleno and others spent the day socializing, playing games and listening to music, but the main attraction was the fishing event. SFA student and volunteer Justin Kurt said it was an honor to teach those with disabilities a thing or two about fishing, and he said he learned something too.

"I didn't know that there was fish in the ag pond and that there was enough to catch twelve," said Kurt.

Although Eleno didn't catch any fish Saturday, he said he still had a lot of fun.

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