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Flag football: Let the games begin

July 19, 2010

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Photo by Asha Anchan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Tennessee team warms up before its game by stretching and doing jumping jacks. The team’s high-energy attitude during stretching carried on to the field.

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Photo by Asha Anchan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

A New Jersey player tries to break up a pass between two Missouri players.

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Photo by Asha Anchan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

A referee officiates a flag football game. Since it is the first year in the Games for flag football, officials are taking time to master the rules before competition heats up later in the week.

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Photo by Asha Anchan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Kendrick Leubert, a 15-year-old Nebraska Red player from West Point, Nebraska, runs the football during his team’s game against Tennessee.

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Photo by Asha Anchan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Nebraska fans celebrate a successful play for the Nebraska White team.

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Photo by Asha Anchan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Nebraska fans show their support by cheering and wearing Husker-inspired apparel.

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Photo by Asha Anchan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Arizona players celebrate a completed pass. On Arizona’s unified team athletes with intellectual disabilities play alongside those without.

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Photo by Asha Anchan, University of Nebraska Lincoln

After a successful play, members of the Arizona team congratulate one other on the sidelines.

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Photo by Asha Anchan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Kelly Petterway, a 25-year-old from Lawrence, New Jersey, reaches to catch a ball in a game against Missouri. Kelly completed the pass but Missouri beat New Jersey with an ending score of 32-19.

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Photo by Asha Anchan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

A Special Olympics volunteer holds a sign showing a second down for the offensive team. Volunteers participate in a number of duties at the venue, including monitoring the check-in table, keeping score, announcing games and helping officials.

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A few members of the Nebraska White team pose for a quick picture between games. The Nebraska White team played three games on the first day of competition.

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Kevin Evans, 17-year-old from Columbia, Tennessee, runs the ball during a game against Arkansas.

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Photo by Asha Anchan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Head coach for Nebraska Red, John Manna, and head coach from the Tennessee team, Scott Phaneuf, exchange remarks between games. Manna spurred the effort to raise funds to allow the Tennessee team to compete in flag football this year.

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Photo by Asha Anchan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Three Nebraska Red players stood out by wearing pink shoe laces. Kendrick Luebert (15), Zachery Taylor (17) and Curtis Rogers (17) are from West Point High School in West Point, Nebraska. The players are showing support for their school counselor, Mary Janata, a breast cancer survivor.

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Photo by Asha Anchan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The pink shoe laces, noticeable from the sidelines, set the players apart from the rest.



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3 Comments »

  1. Great pictures! Flag football is a “natural” for Special Olympics.

    Comment by A Fan — July 20, 2010 @ 2:03 am

  2. Some really good action shots with lots of human interest too. Also liked the moms cheering plus the pink shoelaces!!

    Comment by carole madison — July 20, 2010 @ 4:18 am

  3. A great variety of pictures of players & fans alike–makes me wish I could have been at these games! Excellent photography!

    Comment by Carol Perkins — July 21, 2010 @ 3:53 am

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