Monday, July 2, 2012

Dwarfs compete in Dallas for annual games - FOX 4 News

Dwarf athletes are competing in their annual sporting events this year in Dallas.

The Dwarf Athletic Association of America (DAAA) National Games bring together short-stature athletes in a weeklong competition from June 30 to July 4.

"These are our national games that happen every year where dwarfs from ages 4 all the way up to masters above 60s get to compete in over eight different sporting events," said Amy Andrews, President of DAAA.  

The athletes are from all over the United States and from Canada, Mexico, Australia, Great Britain, Netherlands and Holland.

The sporting events include: boccia, basketball, volleyball, soccer, swimming, flag football, and track and field.

Monday, the athletes were given the opportunity to play flag football at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

"The greatest thing about seeing them is that you get to see them compete and they can do anything an average person can do and sometimes better. They've got great form and technique and they love football," said Jim Eckenrode, Sports Tech for football.

DAAA is a partner to the Little People of America conference that provides the athletes and families with more information about dwarfism.

"We have not only sporting events but we have the opportunity to have workshops, see medical doctors, socialization and of course every night a dance," said Andrews.  

Anyone who wants more information about the organization or to donate can go to DAAA.org.

"We may be short in stature but were just like everybody else, and this gives us an opportunity to compete eye to eye," Andrews said.

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