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Local military kids get special superhero training

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Some local military children got to unleash their inner superhero at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station on Wednesday. 

It was all thanks to the USO of Northern Ohio and performers from the cast of Marvel Universal Live: Age of Heroes.

"Special treat for our military families. We try to do what we can for our morale-building programs and to have performers here on site giving them a special treat, it is very special," said Bruce Bille, with USO of Northern Ohio.

The superhero training session started out with the kids showing off their best superhero poses in warm-up exercises. After that, it was time to learn some moves. 

"Kind of behind the scenes of what it takes to be in our show," said Tyler Hubbard, one of the stunt performers in Marvel Universe Live.

With Hubbard and other cast members from the show that will be performing at the Covelli Centre this weekend, the children of military members at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station learned how to stage a choreographed punch, how to defend themselves from an attack and even got a surprise visit from characters in the show.

"It's pretty neat watching the kids have fun and seeing their heroes come to life," said Jim Delgros who had a daughter and grandson in the class.

"Some of these guys are going to be deploying here over the next 6 months, so having this opportunity to share with their children and do something special together as a family while they're together, it's very important to us personally but also for our organization," said Bille.

"I thought it was awesome," said Matthew Dubon. "I think it's great for the kids, glad they came out and put on this show."

A show that is also important to those putting it on.

"Kids get to see us on stage as superheroes that they know, this is even special for us to meet and perform for real-life heroes," said Hubbard.

You can see Marvel Universe Live: Age of Heroes at the Covelli Centre from October 12th through the 14th for six performances. Friday, Oct. 12th, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 13th, 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 14th, 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the Covelli Centre box office. 

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