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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
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
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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
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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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Flag football sees intense second day of action

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Photo by Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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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Photo by Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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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Photo by Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Arkansas player Daniel Allen, 22 from Lonoke, AR, watches the action against Nebraska Red from the sideline.

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Photo by Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Indiana Bulletz’s Corbin Coffey scores a touchdown against Arizona.

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Photo by Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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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Photo by Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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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Father-son golfers swing ahead in Games

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Athlete Andy Martinez, left, and father/teammate Mike Martinez, right, of Kansas City, MO, high five after hole four at the Mahoney Golf Course on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. Andy Martinez shot a 45 through nine holes.



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Golfers tee off

July 19, 2010

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Photo by Chelsey Criner at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Joel Murray from Louisiana and David Steffan from Nebraska prepare to tee off on the 11th hole on Monday, July 19, at Highlands Golf Course.

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Jason Wright from Missouri prepare to compete. Jason competed last year and won Nationals in golf.



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Flag football: Let the games begin

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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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High energy ignites the Special Olympics

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Olympians get ready for the Games’ opening ceremonies

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Shriver lets Special Olympics athletes define themselves

July 18, 2010

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Flag football teams get ready

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Arkansas flag football athletes get ready to practice.

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Team Nebraska and Team Missouri face off during practice Sunday morning.

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Team New Jersey and Team Nebraska face off during practice Sunday morning.

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Team Arizona prepares to practice on Sunday morning.



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Flag football scrimmage sets stage for the week’s competition

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Doug Derby, 39, a member of the Nebraska White team, takes time to rest between warm-ups during his team’s scrimmage.

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A football sits on the sidelines as teams warm up. The 10 teams ran drills and stretched before scrimmaging.

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The Missouri team calls for a huddle between drills. Teams showed their unity in their on-the-field play and during warm-ups.

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The Texas unified team sets up for a play during its scrimmage against the Indiana Bulletz unified team. Unified teams are groups in which Special Olympics athletes are paired on a team with individuals without intellectual disabilities.

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The Missouri team takes a water break between warm-up drills. Coaches and Special Olympics volunteers encourage athletes and spectators to stay hydrated during the week because of expected high temperatures.

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The Indiana Bulletz team runs a few pre-game drills before its scrimmage.

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The Indiana Kats and Tennessee Thunder face off in their first scrimmage game. Both teams are competing as traditional teams with all members being Special Olympics athletes.

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Richard Benz, 21, is a member of the Tennessee Thunder team, which played the Indiana Kats in the first scrimmage of the day.

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A Tennessee Thunder coach helps one of his players adjust the flags between plays.

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The Tennessee Thunder calls for a team huddle between plays. Tennessee Thunder played the Indiana Kats during a scrimmage game.

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John Manna, coach of the Nebraska White team, watches his athletes warm up. Manna, from Omaha, was active in bringing flag football to the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.

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John Manna, coach of the Nebraska White team, shows off his New Jersey pin. Manna said the teams exchange pins as they begin to compete during the Special Olympics.



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