Colorado teen injured in fall at Thompson-Boling Arena

Colorado teen injured in fall at Thompson-Boling Arena

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A 14-year-old Colorado boy participating in Destination ImagiNation was rushed to a hospital Wednesday night after falling 30 feet outside Thompson-Boling Arena.

Firefighters said the boy fell off the walkway between lot G10 and the east side of the arena after 9:30 p.m.

He was playing with other children and fell in the spacing between the walkway and a ramp.

The boy was taken to UT Medical Center.

EMS dispatchers said he suffered fractures in both of arms, but was awake and alert. The identity of the boy and his condition haven't been released.

A spokesperson for Destination ImagiNation says the boy is expected to make a full recovery and be released from the hospital in about a week.

Destination ImagiNation, Inc. is a non-profit organization with two educational programs so students can experience creativity, teamwork and problem solving. It involves 100,000 students across the U.S. and in more than 30 countries each year.

Students work in teams to solve what are called challenges and present their solutions at tournaments.

Global finals is the culminating event of each Destination ImagiNation season. Hundreds of teams gather at global finals to showcase solutions to their challenges.

The Destination ImagiNation website says more than 10,000 students attended Global Finals 2009, which took place in late May at UT.

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