The SVSU football program hosted its inaugural Victory Day on Sunday, April 24, to offer children with special needs in the Great Lakes Bay Region an afternoon of eduction, inspiration and fun on the gridiron.
Founded in 2010 by SVSU graduate Aaron Segedi, Victory Day has been hosted by the University of Toledo, Eastern Michigan University and nearly 10 high schools in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey and Indiana.
Each of the 16 participants were treated to a “game day experience” as they played football and ran drills with members of the SVSU football team.
Segedi, a native of Riverview, Michigan, teaches seventh grade and serves as Trenton High School’s varsity football defensive coordinator.
A two-time cancer survivor, Segedi teaches his football players and students the importance of servant leadership, a virtue that Victory Day was developed to teach, too.
The event, along with the Athletic Department’s Community Youth Days and other service activities, are in line with the University’s community engagement classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Head coach Jim Collins stated in a press release, “Giving back to the community is very important to us, and we have a special place in our hearts for the children who live in the Great Lakes Bay Region.”