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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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Photo by Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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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Photo by Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Payton Scott of Small Change

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Photo by Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Athletes carry the Special Olympics flag off the stage.

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Photo by Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Members of Team Nebraska await the start of the ceremonies.

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Photo by Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The stage set before the ceremonies.

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Photo by Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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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Photo by Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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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Photo by Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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

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Photo by Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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



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Volleyball competition comes to an end

July 23, 2010

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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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Pentathlete wins hearts of fans, family

July 22, 2010

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Nicholas Vandenburgh, a 19 year old pentathlete from Oak Grove, Minnesota, continues to receive support throughout the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.


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Track and field action

July 21, 2010

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Keith Slater, Team Arkansas, approaches the finish line during the 200 meter run at Ed Wier Stadium on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus during the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.
Photo: Brandon Kusek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Kiet Ly, Team Louisiana, and Jeremy Petty, Team Oregon push toward the finish line during the 200 meter run at Ed Wier Stadium on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus during the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games. Photo: Brandon Kusek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Erin Gunnink, Team Indiana, throws the shot put Wednesday during the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games at Ed Weir Stadium on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Photo: Brandon Kusek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Nicholas Roy Vandenburgh, Team Minnesota, takes off on his first jump in the long jump portion of the decathlon at Ed Wier Stadium on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus during the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.
Photo: Brandon Kusek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Track and field enters the home stretch

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Three Special Olympics Nebraska athletes prepare to receive medals for placing in the top three of their division in the mini-javelin competition at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb., July 21. From left to right are: Derek Podany, 25, of Papillion/La Vista; Jason Gieschen, 25, of Ogallala; and Robert Dowdle, 20, of South Sioux City.

Photo: Erich Eisenach, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Derek Podany, 25, of Papillion/La Vista, Neb., competes in the mini-javelin throw at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb., July 21.

Photo: Erich Eisenach, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Minnesota fans watch and cheer their athletes at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb., July 21.

Photo: Erich Eisenach, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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On the green

Michigan at Highlands Golf Course

A member of Team Minnesota stopped to strike a pose by the golf cart at Highlands Golf Course on Wednesday afternoon.

Photo by Emily Bliss



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Rhythmic gymnast defies odds

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Rhythmic gymnast Sara Abbott possesses an amazing life story – and a lot of support.


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Athletes trade pins and make friends

July 20, 2010

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Minnesota women’s basketball players are proud of the pins they collect from fellow athletes.
Photo: Brittany Guindon, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Volunteer Pam Pedersen shows off the bracelet given to her by a Louisiana basketball athlete.
Photo: Brittany Guindon, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Pins adorn many of the hats and GEICO ID lanyards of the athletes, coaches and volunteers participating in the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games. It remains a Special Olympics tradition to collect and trade pins between teams. Participants say it is a fun way to meet each other and make new friends.

Many of the Wisconsin athletes wear hats for their pins, while others use bags or the lanyards around their necks. No matter where the pins are attached, each athlete seems to have plenty.

The officials have 2010 Special Olympics event pins to trade with the athletes, and the teams have pins to represent their states. Each player on the Minnesota women’s basketball team, for example, had 19 pins to give out, and some players have already run out.

None of the volunteers started out with pins, yet several sport them. Volunteer Pam Pedersen said that many of the athletes stop to chat with her, so she’ll ask for a pin.

“I’m trying to catch them from coaches though. I feel bad getting them from athletes because I have nothing to trade them for,” Pedersen said.

To go with her pins, an athlete from Louisiana gave Pedersen a bracelet (photo above). The exchange of pins is one way athletes from all over the nation and volunteers from Nebraska are getting to know each other.

Story: Sierra Frauen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Athletes show their pride at Opening Ceremony

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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
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Louisiana
Photo by Emily Sallach
Maine
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Maryland
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Massachusetts
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Michigan
Photo by Andrea Evers
Minnesota
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Mississippi
Photo by Emily Sallach
Missouri
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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
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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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