DANTE BELIZA, 11, of Mattapan, riding the Slingshot at Camp Harbor View -- a camp for children 11-14 in at-risk Boston neighborhoods -- on Long Island in Boston Harbor, Aug. 20, 2010 --
"I wasn't really scared. I knew what was coming because I did it twice before. You pull the trigger and you bounce a little bit and then you're flying. What does it feel like? I got a wedgie. It was adrenaline-pumping. When I'm flying, I'm thinking I'm a superhero flying through the air. I hope I can come back next year. I made new friends. It's fun and I get a little time to myself. I get some space out here. In Mattapan, it's crowded and noisy. There's gangs and you try not to get shot. I'm a little sad that it's over. Here it's the most fun I ever had."
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