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Florida vs local team: the rematch

July 24, 2010

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Video by Christine Scalora, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Team Florida played another exhibition game Friday, the last day of the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games. After impressive pool play during the tournament, Special Olympics officials decided to challenge the talented Floridians by having them play a team of local high school players.

Thursday, Team Florida impressed about 500 spectators as they won the game 48 to 37.

Friday, Team Florida demonstrated their talent by taking a 23 to 13 lead at the end of the first half. But, Team Florida grew fatigued and in the last minute of the game the local team took their first lead. In the end, Team Florida lost the game 37 to 36, but they earned the respect of all who watched the game.



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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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Florida tennis player swings hard

July 22, 2010

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Florida tennis player Ben Read swings hard during in his tennis match Thursday, July 22.
Photo: Brittany Guindon, 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
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Arizona
Photo by Dora Lopez
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
Photo by Emily Sallach
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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Florida athlete garners Texas support

July 19, 2010

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Video and Photos: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Florida soccer athlete Jessie Fusilier has arrived in Lincoln with more than just a will to score goals. His grandparents from Orange, Texas have driven to Nebraska to watch Jessie compete in the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.



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Team Florida goes for gold

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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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Soccer kicks off

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The unified soccer division began Monday morning with a match between North Dakota and Arizona at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex on July 19, 2010. Every soccer team will be evaluated during the first day’s games to determine the level of play and schedule.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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A North Dakota soccer player waits to kick the ball while warming up before the first game.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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A referee checks the cleats of the Arizona unified soccer team before the match against North Dakota.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Members of the Florida unified soccer team take a break before their game against Oregon.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Let the games begin: Sights from the USA National Games opening ceremony

July 18, 2010

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Lincoln, Neb.- Sunday’s opening ceremony for the 2010 Special Olympics USA Summer Games at the Devaney Sports Center marked the official start of the games. The USA Summer Games run through Friday and include nearly 3,000 Special Olympics athletes from 49 states competing in 13 sporting venues.  (Above) A member of the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games Torch Run Team lights the cauldron torch at the Devaney Sports Center. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes will compete in the weeklong 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb.  Photo: Farooq Baloch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Members of Team Nebraska respond to the cheering crowd at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games opening ceremonies at the Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb.  Photo: Farooq Baloch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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2010 Sports Illustrated cover model Brooklyn Decker, a national spokeswoman for Special Olympics, emceed the opening ceremony for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games Sunday at the Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. Photo: Farooq Baloch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Members of the Team Alabama Special Olympics delegation enter Devaney Sports Center opening ceremonies for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb.  Photo: Molly Wheeler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Opening ceremonies for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. Photo: Molly Wheeler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Singer Rachel McClusky performs at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. Photo: Molly Wheeler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Members of the Team Alabama Special Olympics delegation enter Devaney Sports Center opening ceremonies for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes  will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. Photo: Molly Wheeler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Members of the Team Florida Special Olympics delegation enter Devaney Sports Center opening ceremonies for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. More than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes  will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. Photo: Molly Wheeler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Soccer teams take to the fields for practice

Florida Unified Team

The Florida unified soccer team practices at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex on Sunday, July 18, 2010.
Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Florida Unified Team

After a Sunday morning soccer practice, the Florida unified team shares some popcorn at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex.
Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Rain at Abbott

Despite early rain, soccer teams were able to practice at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex on July 18, 2010.
Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Lanyard with pins

Athletes exchange and wear pins on their lanyards.
Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Teams board bus

Athletes from Wyoming board a bus after Sunday practices at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex on July 18, 2010.
Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Barbara Wilson excited about USA National Games

June 28, 2010

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