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Let the games begin: Sights from the USA National Games opening ceremony

July 18, 2010

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Lincoln, Neb.- Sunday’s opening ceremony for the 2010 Special Olympics USA Summer Games at the Devaney Sports Center marked the official start of the games. The USA Summer Games run through Friday and include nearly 3,000 Special Olympics athletes from 49 states competing in 13 sporting venues.  (Above) A member of the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games Torch Run Team lights the cauldron torch at the Devaney Sports Center. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes will compete in the weeklong 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb.  Photo: Farooq Baloch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Members of Team Nebraska respond to the cheering crowd at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games opening ceremonies at the Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb.  Photo: Farooq Baloch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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2010 Sports Illustrated cover model Brooklyn Decker, a national spokeswoman for Special Olympics, emceed the opening ceremony for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games Sunday at the Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. Photo: Farooq Baloch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Members of the Team Alabama Special Olympics delegation enter Devaney Sports Center opening ceremonies for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb.  Photo: Molly Wheeler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Opening ceremonies for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. Photo: Molly Wheeler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Singer Rachel McClusky performs at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. Photo: Molly Wheeler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Members of the Team Alabama Special Olympics delegation enter Devaney Sports Center opening ceremonies for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes  will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. Photo: Molly Wheeler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Members of the Team Florida Special Olympics delegation enter Devaney Sports Center opening ceremonies for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes  will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. Photo: Molly Wheeler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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