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Camp allows visually impaired kids to play the sports they love

Posted at 6:07 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 12:12:33-04

MILWAUKEE — Blind athletes from around southeast Wisconsin came to Marquette for a three-day camp where they can play all their favorite sports.

Vision Forward hosted its fifth Play It Forward Camp. It's a chance for kids who are visually impaired to just run around and have fun.

The camp is just three days, but it is filled with activities such as yoga, dancing, goal ball and track events.

Goal ball is a camp favorite. It was made specifically for people with visual impairments and is even played in the Paralympics.

Sports are an important part in many kids' lives. It's a physical outlet and can be a tool to learn how to work as a team, literally. Four campers spoke with TODAY'S TMJ4 to say how much sports means to them.

Even though she is completely blind, Shayna found a new sport she loves to play

Shayna used to be a soccer fanatic. Her position was goalie and defense until slowly she began to lose her eye sight. She said she didn't even know it was happening. Now, she is completely blind, but has found a new sport - goal ball.

David explains why sports camps for the visually impaired are important to him

David is a sporty guy. While he obviously loves to win, he plays for the camaraderie and friendships he makes. It's the team aspect that he enjoys the most.

Bryce explains how just a three day camp can be the highlight of his summer

Byrce said that he hopes to be an entertainer when he is older. Whether it's singer, director, actor or comedian, Bryce is on a path toward the bright lights. So while he explains how important Play It Forward is to him, he can't help but give us a little song.

Why a short three day camp is the highlight for a few Southeast Wisconsinites

Michael is constantly on the move. He bounces from summer camp to vacation to mission trip back to another summer camp. He can downhill ski, loves to hike and fittingly wants to be a park ranger. He said Play It Forward gives him the chance to play all the sports he loves in an environment conducive for the visually impaired.