SMITHSBURG -- Still savoring his victories at the Dwarf Athletic Association of America National Games in New York City, 12-year-old Evan Eckenrode needed little encouragement to show off the gold medal, three silver medals and one bronze medal he won during the competition earlier this month.
"Last year, I just won a silver medal in volleyball," said Evan, of Smithsburg.
This year, the boy earned gold in soccer, silver in volleyball, basketball and softball throw, and bronze in the 40-meter dash.
Evan and his parents, Kerry and Jim Eckenrode, learned about the DAAA National Games two years ago. The annual competition was mentioned on The Learning Channel show, "Little People, Big World" and they began researching the organization.
"We went as a family this year," Kerry Eckenrode said. "Our 16-year-old son, Ryan, helped coach."
The experience was wonderful, she said.
"Everybody is there to lend support and have a good time. And everything is on a level playing field," she said.