Local students brave weather for a day filled with fun and exercise

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Hundreds of local students braved the rainy weather to get outside and have a fun day filled with exercise.

Topeka Public Schools hosted its first Unified Field Day at Yager Stadium on Washburn's Campus. The day allowed students with special needs who may require additional support, such as peer mentors, to play soccer, basketball and run through obstacle courses, among more.

One organizer said throughout the day, the students all had one thing in common.

"Smiles, I mean, that's the main thing," said Matt Dunkin, the Adaptive Physical Education Teacher for 501. "You know, you see smiles and it doesn't matter if they've done one station, zero stations, they've just had a blast. And that's the whole point of today was to get to have fun."

Dunkin said it was sponsors like Advisors Excel, Walmart and Washburn University that helped them put the event together.