Deaf and Hard of Hearing Olympics held in Onalaska

Published On: May 06 2013 11:19:15 PM CDT   Updated On: May 07 2013 06:51:28 AM CDT

Monday was a day of friendly competition for some special students throughout the Tri-state area.

It was the annual deaf and hard of hearing Olympic Day at the YMCA in Onalaska.

Students of all ages enjoyed a few hours of sports, fun, and basic socialization with one another.

One of the organizers says it's nice for these students to have competitions, but more importantly, it gives them a chance to talk with people like them. "Many of the students are just the only student in their whole entire school who has a cochlear implant, or a hearing aid, or an interpreter, so it's really nice for them to get a chance to spend some time together and realize they're not alone," teacher Michelle Pandian.

Students also enjoyed a performance from high schoolers from the Wisconsin School of the Deaf.