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Team Florida takes on local basketball team

July 23, 2010

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Video by Farooq Baloch and Christine Scalora, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Team Florida exceeded expectations during pool play of the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games. So, officials found the team a new challenge by having them play against local high school basketball players.

The game was played before a packed crowd at Lincoln Southeast High School in Lincoln, Neb. Spectators were treated to an exciting match.

In the end, Team Florida won, 48-37.



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Team Florida goes for gold

July 19, 2010

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Video by Christine Scalora, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The members of Team Florida proved they are the athletes to watch during the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games when they played Team Delaware on Monday. The fast-paced game in the first round of competition revealed Team Florida’s impressive athletic ability and team unity, as the Floridians soundly defeated their opponents.

This team of athletes has been preparing for the USA National Games for five months, creating a strong bond among the members.

Ages vary widely on the team. Jeremiah Bennett, 32, lines up alongside Andre Larry, 18, for instance.

Coach Laurie Chmielewski hopes to lead the team to a gold medal. But the players intend to enjoy the experience no matter what the outcomes is. “We have fun all day,” says Larry.



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