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Civic Center gives special needs children VIP treatment

The Civic Center pulled out all the stops to make the Challenger League teen girls have an unforgettable experience at the Newsboys concert on Thursday night. (Source: WALB) The Civic Center pulled out all the stops to make the Challenger League teen girls have an unforgettable experience at the Newsboys concert on Thursday night. (Source: WALB)
Emily McKnight (Source: WALB) Emily McKnight (Source: WALB)
Challenger League VP Jennifer Rigsby (Source: WALB) Challenger League VP Jennifer Rigsby (Source: WALB)
The Challenger League is already working on more social outings. (Source: WALB) The Challenger League is already working on more social outings. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Civic Center pulled out all the stops to make the Challenger League teen girls have an unforgettable experience at the Newsboys concert on Thursday night.

Red carpet, VIP treatment, and celebrity status - the Civic Center's goals to make a group of young girls and their moms feel special.

Re-Essa Buckels joined the group of girls with the Challenger League on their first concert to see the Newsboys, and the Civic Center made it an unforgettable experience.

Some walking, others in wheelchairs, the Challenger League members came in sporting their pink shirts, looking and feeling like a million bucks.

One by one they were escorted to their floor seats.

"And this is my first concert, you know I'm so excited," said 13-year-old Emily McKnight.

McKnight was living a teenager's dream, seeing a Christian Pop Rock band Newsboys with her mom and a group of other special needs girls.

"Super good, and super excited because we've never had this," said McKnight.

The A-list status didn't stop there.

An exclusive Q and A session with the band before the show.

Emily is the mastermind behind social outings, with two mandates: giving moms a break and mingling with other girls who don't have special needs.

"Happy, I get alone time with her now," said McKnight.

"It's touching that the kids get it because we do need a break, and they don't want us to always be there friends," said Challenger League VP Jennifer Rigsby.

But why this concert?

"This whole adventure this whole ride that we're on at Challenger League is a God thing," said Rigsby.

Rigsby believes this concert is a testament to God's work that Emily couldn't wait to rock out to.

"Guilty and God's not dead," said McKnight.

Civic Center managers were pleased with the big turnout at the concert, and the Challenger League is already working on more social outings.

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