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A family affair

July 23, 2010

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Team Delaware’s David Hill blew away spectators as he took on over 500 pounds in the dead weight portion of the competition.
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Photos and story by NaTasha Rollerson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Power lifter David Hill of Newark Delaware poses with his biggest fan in the stands, his mother Corrinne Pearson. David has been power lifting for four years in local competitions.

“David has Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (LKS) but, he has come so far in his speech that you can barely tell he has an intellectual disability” Says Corrinne.

LKS is a rare disorder that appears sometime during early childhood. A major affect of this disorder is the gradual or sudden loss of the ability to understand and use spoken language.

“David as a child could not even tell me he wanted a glass of water. People told me that I should look into David learning how to use sign language. One day David’s little sister Sara was going to touch an iron and David yelled No Sara Hot! That is when I knew he was capable of speaking and I refused to cripple my son” said Corrinne.

David started to develop his own language to communicate. His sister picked up on this language as well. Sara had to be sent to tutors to break the language she used to communicate with her brother and learn English. David saw his sister’s determination to learn how to speak and this is what motivated him to learn English.

David is now 26 years old and speaking very clearly. He is a gold medalist in tennis, basketball, bowling, and now powerlifting.

When David was asked what was the most challenging part about competing in the 2010 Special Olympics USA National games he said,

“The kilos were different, the squats were deeper, and it was heavy!!”

After the National Games David plans to continue power lifting with a personal trainer, performing in local meets in Delaware, and if it is possible he would love to compete in Worlds.



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Basketball takes the court on Thursday

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The Minnesota basketball team huddles together after a win against Delaware at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games. Minnesota players demonstrated sportsmanship after each game by chanting their opponent’s name as they broke their huddle.

Photos by: Corinne Burger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Minnesota basketball players watch their teammates on Thursday at Lincoln Southeast High School.
Photos by: Corinne Burger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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A Delaware basketball player walks off the court during his team’s game against Minnesota.
Photos by: Corinne Burger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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The Wisconsin team congratulates Missouri Blue on its win on Thursday. Missouri will play for gold Friday at 1 p.m.
Photos by: Corinne Burger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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A Missouri Blue player takes a free throw in his team’s win against Wisconsin.
Photos by: Corinne Burger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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An Illinois basketball player looks for a teammate to pass to during the game against Indiana at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.
Photos by: Corinne Burger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Missouri and Wisconsin basketball players fight for the rebound.
Photos by: Corinne Burger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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A Kansas basketball player shows tough defense against a South Dakota shooter on Thursday.
Photos by: Corinne Burger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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A Kansas basketball player celebrates his team’s win against South Dakota, which set up Kansas to play Friday for gold.
Photos by: Corinne Burger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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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

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



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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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High energy ignites the Special Olympics

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