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Kickin’ Finals

July 24, 2010

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Marcos Tapia (#7), Jose Uribe (center, #1) and James Vanderbrink (#8) head to the podium to collect the gold medal for Team Nebraska in unified soccer at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex on July 23, 2010. Nebraska defeated Oklahoma in extra time, 5-3.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
For more photos by Marcus, check out his Flickr page.

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Arkansas coaches celebrate their win over Texas on July 23, 2010.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Team Oregon rallies around Brittany Thompson (center) after she scored the team’s first goal at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games on July 23, 2010.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Team Oregon creates a tunnel for Team South Carolina after their game on July 23, 2010.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Edson R. Irineo (#4) dribbles past a Team Oklahoma defender in unified soccer. Nebraska won the game to take the gold medal.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Intense heat and humidity cuts one player’s celebration short after Team Nebraska defeated Team Oklahoma to win the gold medal match.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Jose Uribe (left) and Humberto Tapia (#3) fall after colliding with members of Team Oklahoma.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Edson R. Irineo (#4) reacts to his goal for Team Nebraska Unified Soccer against Oklahoma in the gold medal match.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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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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Track and field action

July 21, 2010

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Keith Slater, Team Arkansas, approaches the finish line during the 200 meter run at Ed Wier Stadium on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus during the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.
Photo: Brandon Kusek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Kiet Ly, Team Louisiana, and Jeremy Petty, Team Oregon push toward the finish line during the 200 meter run at Ed Wier Stadium on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus during the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games. Photo: Brandon Kusek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Erin Gunnink, Team Indiana, throws the shot put Wednesday during the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games at Ed Weir Stadium on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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Nicholas Roy Vandenburgh, Team Minnesota, takes off on his first jump in the long jump portion of the decathlon at Ed Wier Stadium on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus during the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.
Photo: Brandon Kusek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Missouri flag football team holds undefeated title

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Joe Sewell, 16, from Blue Springs, Mo., rests after his team racks up another win. Sewell is the quarterback for the Missouri team and commented on its undefeated status, saying: “It feels freaking great, but it’s not over yet.”

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Jimmy Greenwood, a 20-year-old from Blue Springs, Mo., runs the football in a game against Arkansas.

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Missouri fans cheer their athletes to victory during the team’s final game of the day.

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Arthur Murphy celebrates his team’s final win of the day. Murphy is 51 years old and a member of the Missouri team.

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Missouri teammates celebrate with a chest bump after a winning game.

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Athletes show their pride at Opening Ceremony

July 20, 2010

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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

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

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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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Arkansas fans gauge competition at Games

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Mike and Theresa Book watch Arkansas play Nebraska White. Their son Addison, 14, is a Special Olympics athlete at the state level. The family traveled from Piggott, AR, to Lincoln to be spectators, because Addison dreams of competing in aquatics at the national level.

“Hopefully he’ll be picked to be on the Arkansas National team someday,” Theresa Book said.

She added that Special Olympics has much to offer to the athletes and their families.

“It’s been great for us,” Mike Book said. “Arkansas Special Olympics does so much for our kids.”

The Arkansas Special Olympics Family of the Year also has a younger daughter, Savannah, who competes in the State Games.



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Lifters power ahead in Games

Athletes Christy Robinson of Alabama, Kiri Less of Maryland, Shale Erickson of North Dakota and Joni Langley of Arkansas dazzle the crowds.

Video: Emily Sallach, UNL Edited by: Pat Radigan, UNL



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High energy ignites the Special Olympics

July 19, 2010

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Olympians get ready for the Games’ opening ceremonies

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