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Emotional last day for flag football

July 23, 2010

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Photo by Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Indiana Kats player Des Scott looks on as Tennessee Thunder’s Kevin Evans runs down the field during the first game of the evening for Division 1 of the traditional flag football teams. Division 1 consisted of the Indiana Kats, Tennessee and Missouri, with each team playing each other once.

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Tennessee Thunder’s Kevin Evans and Indiana Kats’ Bradley Smith embrace after the Kats’ 9-8 victory in overtime.

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Nebraska Red’s Kendrick Leubert (left) and Zach Taylor (right) try to tackle New Jersey’s Steven Rodenbeck during the second game of Division 2 play among the traditional teams. Nebraska Red won 22-14.

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Tennessee Thunder assistant coach Miles Duncan of Columbia, Tenn., scratches his head as the Thunder try to come back against Missouri in the second game of traditional Division 1 play. The Thunder lost 16-12.

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Arizona’s Andrew Wiemers tries to avoid a tackle from Texas Rattlers’ James Hawkins (left) and John Malone (middle) during the first game of play for Division 1 of the unified teams. Arizona won 14-0.

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Arkansas Hogs’ Tyrone Humphrey runs past Nebraska White’s Angelo McIntosh during the Hogs’ 12-6 victory in overtime. This was the first game of play for Division 2 of the traditional teams.

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TyAre Ross of the Nebraska White team tries to catch a ball against Arkansas.

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Missouri’s Bernard Hill runs for a touchdown against the Indiana Kats in the Division 1 of traditional teams championship game. Missouri won 26-20, completing a 9-0 undefeated run at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.

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New Jersey and Nebraska Red players huddle between plays.

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New Jersey and Nebraska Red players leap for the ball.

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Indiana Bulletz and Texas Rattlers players chase after a ball in the second game of unified Division 1 play. Texas won 32-28.

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Arizona tries to defend the Indiana Bulletz during the championship game of the unified Division 1. Arizona won 32-19.

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Arkansas and Nebraska Red battle it out in the championship game of Division 2 of the traditional teams. Nebraska Red won 29-14.

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All 10 flag football teams pose after the medal ceremony. For traditional teams in Division 1, Missouri won gold, Indiant Kats silver and Tennessee bronze. For traditional teams in Division 2, Nebraska Red took home gold, Arkansas silver, New Jersey bronze and Nebraska White fourth-place ribbons. For unified teams in Division 1, Arizona won gold, Indiana Bulletz silver and Texas bronze.

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The Moody family poses for a picture following the medal ceremony. Brendon Moody, from the Nebraska Football Academy, volunteered all week and brought his sons along with him. They were often seen playing catch between games.



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Unified teams making unified friends

Arizona vs. Illinois

With the addition of flag football to the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games, Payton LaCivita took the opportunity to volunteer his time and talent by joining the Arizona unified flag football team.

As a “unified partner,” LaCivita, a college student at Arizona State, is just as much as part of the team as his teammates with intellectual disabilities.

LaCivita said, “Three years ago my high school coach asked me to come and help out with these guys. I volunteered then, and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

The unified sports program started with an idea called “Project UNIFY.” According to the Special Olympics website, Project UNIFY’s goal is to “activate young people to develop strong communities where all young people are agents of change-fostering respect, dignity, and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities by utilizing programs and initiatives of Special Olympics.”

The program creates special bonds among teammates. For example, Marc Whatley, a 30-year old athlete from Tucson, Ariz., has found a friend in LaCivita. Both are athletes. Both love football. Both had smiles when they talked about their win. It’s their similarities that matter, not their differences.

Krista McDonald, Emily German – University of Nebraska, Lincoln, CoJMC



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Arms lifted, spirit lifted

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Arizona track athlete Mark Ward celebrates after his long jump.
Photo by Summer LaPlante, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Arizona Unified teammates plot their moves

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Jorin Larsen and Kevin Griffen strategize during their unified flag football game.
Photo by Emily German-University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Faces of flag football, Day 3

July 21, 2010

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Andrew Kline, 27, from Omaha, Neb., watches his team compete. Kline is a member of the Nebraska White team.
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Kline cheers for his team from the sidelines.
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Brennan Mickens, 20, from Kansas City, Mo., attends a Missouri flag football game. Mickens is a member of the Missouri bowling team who came to support another Missouri team.

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Missouri fan Lina Hill cheers for the Missouri team. Hill is from Blue Springs, Mo., and is supporting her son, Bernard Hill.
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Power lifter Nick Watterson (26) of Springfield, Mo., proudly displays his three gold medals. Watterson won his medals on Monday and is now finished with his events and plans to spend the rest of the week supporting other Missouri teams.
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David Svitak is a 27-year-old basketball player from Downers Grove, Ill. Svitak and some of his basketball teammates visited the flag football venue to see one of the other sports at the Special Olympics.
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Brandi Vanvleke cheers for the Missouri flag football team. Vanvleke is from Kansas City, Mo., and has a sister participating in the bocce ball competition. But she wanted to watch her home state’s team play flag football on Wednesday.
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Morgan Plant cheers for the Texas flag football team in between her scheduled soccer games. Plant is a 17-year-old soccer player from Houston, Texas.
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Tori Jones (17) sits on the bench and watches her Tennessee flag football team. Jones is one of two girls participating in the sport of flag football at this year’s games.

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Isla Brassil sits on the sidelines at the flag football games with her parents and two brothers. The family is not immediately linked to Special Olympics but wanted to be watch some of the competitions in their hometown of Lincoln, Neb.

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Texas flag football player Mike Earnst watches his team from the bench. Earnst is 21 and is from Baytown, Texas.
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Joe Volpert watches the Nebraska Red flag football team. Volpert, like many of the Nebraska Red players, is from Papillion-LaVista and commented on the opportunity he has had to watch many of the players grow up and now compete at the Special Olympics.
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Michael Tom smiles big on the bench of his Arizona flag football team. Tom, 27, is from Chandler, Ariz.
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Rhonda Stadter, from Blue Springs, Mo., shouts encouragement to the Missouri flag football team.
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Relay events headline Day 3 of aquatics competition

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From the 200 meter backstroke, to the 25 meter and 4×25 meter freestyle, Special Olympics athletes put the crowd on its feet for much of the morning Wednesday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center natatorium. Maine won the women’s preliminary 4×25 meter freestyle race with a time of 1:39:61. Nebraska came in second, followed by Rhode Island.

Races will continue until 4 p.m. today, with the first medal event coming later this afternoon. Stay tuned for more results and coverage of the 2010 Special Olympics U.S.A. National Games, brought to you by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Photo by: Billy Schammert, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Steven Drysdale, 24, Boston, Mass., and Brendan O’Keefe, 32, Wakefield, Mass., watch their teammates swim Wednesday morning. O’Keefe is competing in his second Special Olympics, while Drysdale is in his first. Drysdale said his favorite part about the games is, “making new friends.”
Photo by: Billy Schammert, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Sometimes the old guys finish first. (Top to bottom) David Karras, 34, Ariz., Greg Ashworth, 54, Okla., Andrew Wuthrow, 30 Kan., and Ted Harris, 42, Neb., competed in the one of the many 25 meter freestyle preliminary races Wednesday Morning. The race was won by the oldest of the group, Ashworth.
Photo by: Billy Schammert, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Ayalin started with bowling; now he’s doing power lifting

July 20, 2010

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Story and Video: Brooke Herbig, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

When Romeo Ayalin began competing in the Special Olympics at age 9, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and heart and speech conditions. The native of the Philippines could participate only in bowling because of his handicaps.

On July 19, Ayalin represented Surprise, Ariz., during 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games, competing in the lightweight power lifting competition.

As Ayalin participates in Special Olympics, his posture and general condition have improved. He has participated in basketball, track and field and volleyball. He eventually got to go to the World Games in 1995 and represent Team USA.

After Ayalin saw California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at a Special Olympics event, he started to study Schwarzenegger, watching the former bodybuilder and actor’s movies and reading about him in magazines.

When asked what he would do if he ever got the chance to meet Schwarzenegger, Ayalin said, “If I ever met Arnold, I would treat him to McDonalds”.

The Special Olympics are exceptionally important to Ayalin. His parents are proud of their son and grateful to the Special Olympics.

“First comes God, then the Special Olympics,” Ayalin’s mother, Cristina, said. The Special Olympics and his church have changed Ayalin’s life.

According to Ayalin’s brother, Romeo, “If we can find people like us who will love our brother the same that we love him, he will make a miracle.”



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Athletes show their pride at Opening Ceremony

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The Special Olympics flag being raised during the Opening Ceremony Sunday afternoon
Photo by Chelsey Wahlstrom at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Photos arranged by Chelsey Criner at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Find pictures of your state: (all photos are by students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Alabama
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Alaska
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Arizona
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Arkansas
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California
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Colorado
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Connecticut
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District of Columbia
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Deleware
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Florida
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Georgia
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Idaho
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Illinois
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Indiana
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Iowa
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Kansas
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Kentucky
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Louisiana
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Maine
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Maryland
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Massachusetts
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Michigan
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Minnesota
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Mississippi
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Missouri
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Montana
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Nebraska
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Nevada
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New Hampshire
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New Jersey
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New Mexico
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New York
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North Carolina
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North Dakota
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Ohio
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Oklahoma
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Oregon
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Pennsylvania
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Rhode Island
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South Carolina
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South Dakota
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Tennessee
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Texas
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Utah
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Vermont
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Virginia
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Washington
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West Virginia
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Wisconsin
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Wyoming
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Flag football sees intense second day of action

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Photo by Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Nebraska Red quarterback Zach Taylor runs the ball against Texas. Texas won 25-14.

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Photo by Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Nebraska White advances the ball against New Jersey. New Jersey won the game 27-22.

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New Jersey player Joey Clawson dances as the crowd sings “Happy Birthday” to him. Clawson is from Trenton, NJ, and turned 22 today.

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Nebraska Red quarterback Zach Taylor, 17 from West Point, NE, looks to throw a pass against Arkansas. Nebraska Red won 18-12 in overtime.

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Arkansas player Daniel Allen, 22 from Lonoke, AR, watches the action against Nebraska Red from the sideline.

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Indiana Bulletz’s Corbin Coffey scores a touchdown against Arizona.

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Arizona players watch the game against the Indiana Bulletz from the sideline.

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Missouri players pray before the game against Tennessee.

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Indiana Bulletz player Ben McCarty forces a fumble against Charlie Milby of the Texas Rattlers.

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Indiana Bulletz’s Corbin Coffey runs the ball against the Texas Rattlers.

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Nebraska White player Rick Bergman (left) moves the ball against Arkansas player Chris Martin (right). Arkansas won 22-12.

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Missouri and Arizona players chase down a pass. Missouri won 27-22.

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Indiana Kats’ Craig Simmons (left) and New Jersey’s Steven Rodenbeck (right) leap for the ball.

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Indiana Kats player Brooke Sawyer runs the ball against New Jersey. New Jersey won 26-12.

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Tennessee Thunder’s Kevin Evans tries to advance the ball against Indiana Kats. The Thunder won 22-20.

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Tennessee Thunder quarterback Cedric Fletcher searches for a receiver against Missouri. Missouri won 40-22.

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Nebraska White Head Coach John Manna watches his team play Arkansas from the sideline.

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Arkansas players Steve East (left), 21 from Lonoke, AR, and Antonio Nelson (right), 18 from Pine Bluff, AR, walk off the field together after the game against Nebraska White.



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

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

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

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

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

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



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