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Full of energy, Games end fittingly

July 24, 2010

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Photo by Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Members of Team Minnesota get pumped before the ceremonies.

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PJ Scott of Small Change performs at the closing ceremonies for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb.

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Payton Scott of Small Change

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Athletes carry the Special Olympics flag off the stage.

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Members of Team Nebraska await the start of the ceremonies.

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The stage set before the ceremonies.

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Members of Project UNIFY address the crowd. Throughout the night, they encouraged the crowd to get involved in acting towards equality for the intellectually disabled.

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LaShell Griffin performs during the closing ceremonies. Griffin also sang the national anthem.

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Kristinia DeBarge performs during the ceremonies.

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DeBarge, like Small Change, Griffin and Fefe Dobson, performed multiple times throughout the evening.

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Tennessee Special Olympics Athletes dance to music by Kristinia DeBarge following the ceremonies.



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Tennessee’s Evans a most valuable player

July 23, 2010

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Tennessee Thunder’s Kevin Evans, 18, of Columbia, Tenn., runs against the Indiana Kats in the opening game of the Division 1 traditional team playoff. Evans, who runs, catches passes and plays defense, tore up the field all week long.

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Evans keeps a smile on his face even after his team loses its last game against Missouri, 12-16.

“He’s got the best heart,” says Thunder assistant coach Miles Duncan. “He’s MVP.”

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Evans works hard and focuses on what he’s learned while playing flag football.

“It’s about having fun and being smart,” he said.

Evans intends on including football in his future in Nashville, TN.



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Emotional last day for flag football

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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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Celebrity football clinic steals night

July 21, 2010

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Players battle one-on-one in a drill at the clinic.

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Cody Green reacts from Team Red’s sideline.

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Scrimmage participants pose for a post-game picture.

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Athletes run agility sprints as a part of a drill at the clinic.

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Athletes put their hands together in a huddle following a defensive drill.

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Craig Simmons, a flag football player from the Indiana Kats runs the ball at the beginning of the Red-Black scrimmage.

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Vershan Jackson, founder of Nebraska Football Academy, gets the participants fired up.

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A New Jersey flag football player practices running as a part of a drill.

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Athletes, including Indiana Kats flag football player Jeffrey Miller (right), practice running and tackling at a drill.

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Vershan Jackson gets a huddle of athletes pumped up before clinic drills.

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Team rushes the quarterback from Team Black during the scrimmage.

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Craig Simmons, 29 from Kokomo, IN, runs the ball for Team Red.

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Players from Team Black (left) and Team Red (right) fight for a pass during the clinic’s scrimmage.

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Tennessee Thunder flag football player Kevin Evans tries to avoid a flag pull from Team Red celebrity football players.



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Flag football sees intense second day of action

July 20, 2010

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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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Flag football: Let the games begin

July 19, 2010

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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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