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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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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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