Challenger Football Players Attend Chiefs Camp

By Sean Everson |

Published 08/12 2014 01:07PM

Updated 08/14 2014 02:18PM

( ST. JOSEPH, MO. )  Fans continue to head out to Missouri Western in the final week of chiefs training camp. Camp ends on Thursday, but today, the Chiefs invited some special football players to cheer them on.

Vince Houseman is the quarterback of his Challenger Football League team.

"I get to throw it to the person and they get to run and make a touchdown," said 9-year-old Vince Houseman.

The Kansas City league was created in 2006 as a way for children with mental and physical challenges to play football.
This year the Chiefs invited the kids up for a day at training camp.

"I think it's awesome. I think it's you know the you know we all love the Chiefs. You know the kids look up to them you know. They're football players and they're football players like the Chiefs," said Shannon Melbourn, the league's founder.

And when Vince found out-he was thrilled. "I was happy," said Vince.

Vince was born with spina bifida which keeps him in a wheelchair, but that doesn't stop him from enjoying the game he loves.

"He's a great kid. He's a you know comes out and plays hard. You know he's a good quarterback and you know the kids love him and they're drawn to him so he's a good leader," added Melbourn.

"He's always been the type of kid that you know just because I can't do something or just because I can't do something that you can do I'll show you. He's very passionate about everything," stated Vince's father, Kris.

And, while he's here cheering on the Chiefs, Vince says his fans are the ones who make him a better athlete.

"That's what makes me get hyped up so I can play better."

The Challenger Leagues plays games in the Fall and Spring and Melbourn hopes to add a league in St. Joseph in the future.

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