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Track meet held for visually impaired students

Posted at 12:35 PM, Sep 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-22 12:35:07-04

JACKSONVILLE, IL (KHQA/CNN) - Imagine having a thirst for competition but not being able to see.

That's a reality for many athletes across the country. Jacksonville, IL, found a solution and held a track meet for visually impaired students.

"You want every kid to go out for athletics, right?" an adult organizer said. "What holds kids back from going out for athletics? Self-confidence."

Participants and attendees say just because the runners are visually impaired doesn't mean they can't participate in a sport, and doesn't preclude them from being athletes.

The meet in Illinois was held between schools in five states. Next, there will be a conference meet in Tennessee featuring 15 schools from across the nation.

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