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Texan aims for gold in swim lanes

July 20, 2010

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Chan Graves, 25, came all the way from Arlington Texas, to compete in the 2010 Special Olympics USA Nationals. Chan said in 2002 he broke records in a College Station, Texas competition and walked away with four gold medals. On July 20, he competed in the Men’s 100 Freestyle. He qualified and will swim again Wednesday with nine teammates.
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Chan Graves, 25 of Arlington, Texas qualifies, competes again Wednesday


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Facilities, friendly people help Lincoln win host-site bid

July 19, 2010

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Photo by Sierra Frauen at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Article by Chelsey Criner at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Preparations for the 2010 Special Olympics National Games began in 2007. Many states put in bids to host the USA National Games; Lincoln, Neb., bested them all, edging out New York and Omaha, among other bidders.

In 2007, Charles Cooper, president and CEO of the USA National Games, asked both Omaha and Lincoln to bid for the games. After an initial review of the two cities, Omaha was seen as unsuitable because of the venues and the distance that needed to be traveled to each one. Lincoln became the sole Nebraska bid.

The next step was persuading the National Bid Committee to have the games in Lincoln.
The Nebraska Special Olympics presented Lincoln to the National Bid Committee. This bid included details about the facilities, how Lincoln would raise enough money to host the games, and whether they could form a Games Organization Committee to help support the games.

“The National Bid Committee visited Nebraska three times,” Cooper said. “They went around, looked at facilities, they met with the mayor, they met with the Chamber of Commerce.” Cooper said the committee wanted a clear look at the community make up and support for the games.

Robert Gobrecht, managing director of Special Olympics North America, said Lincoln was chosen because of the “quality of facilities in Lincoln, the proximity of the facilities to each other, the strong tradition of men and women’s sports already found in Nebraska, and the support of the government.”

“And people are darn nice in Nebraska.”



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Andy Roddick holds tennis clinic for Special Olympics athletes

July 18, 2010

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Professional tennis player Andy Roddick holds a tennis clinic for athletes who will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. Photo: Molly Wheeler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Documentation Team

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Professional tennis player Andy Roddick holds a tennis clinic for athletes who will compete in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. Photo: Casey Mattison, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Documentation Team

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Professional tennis player Andy Roddick arrives at the Nebraska Tennis Center to hold a tennis clinic Sunday, July 18, for 2010 athletes competing in this week’s 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. Photo: Casey Mattison, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Documentation Team



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Governor praises volunteers, welcomes athletes

July 14, 2010

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Gov. Dave Heineman and 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games CEO Chuck Cooper discuss the beginning of the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games and what the event means for the athletes and the Lincoln community.



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