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Nebraska flag football teams unite

July 21, 2010

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Photo by Asha Anchan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Nebraska Red and Nebraska White pose for a group picture after playing each other. This was not the first time the two teams have been in opposition. Their coaches have taken advantage of their close proximity to pit the teams against each other before.



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Faces of flag football, Day 3

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Andrew Kline, 27, from Omaha, Neb., watches his team compete. Kline is a member of the Nebraska White team.
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Kline cheers for his team from the sidelines.
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Brennan Mickens, 20, from Kansas City, Mo., attends a Missouri flag football game. Mickens is a member of the Missouri bowling team who came to support another Missouri team.

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Missouri fan Lina Hill cheers for the Missouri team. Hill is from Blue Springs, Mo., and is supporting her son, Bernard Hill.
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Power lifter Nick Watterson (26) of Springfield, Mo., proudly displays his three gold medals. Watterson won his medals on Monday and is now finished with his events and plans to spend the rest of the week supporting other Missouri teams.
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David Svitak is a 27-year-old basketball player from Downers Grove, Ill. Svitak and some of his basketball teammates visited the flag football venue to see one of the other sports at the Special Olympics.
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Brandi Vanvleke cheers for the Missouri flag football team. Vanvleke is from Kansas City, Mo., and has a sister participating in the bocce ball competition. But she wanted to watch her home state’s team play flag football on Wednesday.
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Morgan Plant cheers for the Texas flag football team in between her scheduled soccer games. Plant is a 17-year-old soccer player from Houston, Texas.
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Tori Jones (17) sits on the bench and watches her Tennessee flag football team. Jones is one of two girls participating in the sport of flag football at this year’s games.

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Isla Brassil sits on the sidelines at the flag football games with her parents and two brothers. The family is not immediately linked to Special Olympics but wanted to be watch some of the competitions in their hometown of Lincoln, Neb.

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Texas flag football player Mike Earnst watches his team from the bench. Earnst is 21 and is from Baytown, Texas.
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Joe Volpert watches the Nebraska Red flag football team. Volpert, like many of the Nebraska Red players, is from Papillion-LaVista and commented on the opportunity he has had to watch many of the players grow up and now compete at the Special Olympics.
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Michael Tom smiles big on the bench of his Arizona flag football team. Tom, 27, is from Chandler, Ariz.
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Rhonda Stadter, from Blue Springs, Mo., shouts encouragement to the Missouri flag football team.
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Arkansas fans gauge competition at Games

July 20, 2010

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Photo: Emily Walkenhorst, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Mike and Theresa Book watch Arkansas play Nebraska White. Their son Addison, 14, is a Special Olympics athlete at the state level. The family traveled from Piggott, AR, to Lincoln to be spectators, because Addison dreams of competing in aquatics at the national level.

“Hopefully he’ll be picked to be on the Arkansas National team someday,” Theresa Book said.

She added that Special Olympics has much to offer to the athletes and their families.

“It’s been great for us,” Mike Book said. “Arkansas Special Olympics does so much for our kids.”

The Arkansas Special Olympics Family of the Year also has a younger daughter, Savannah, who competes in the State Games.



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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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