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‘We are Rhode Island’

July 23, 2010

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Video: Brandon Frakes, Marcus Scheer, Chelsey Wahlstrom (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Rhode Island Unified Soccer Team is from the smallest city in the smallest state and is taking Lincoln by storm. The team from Central Falls, R.I. is tied for the first seed in its division and has its eyes set on the gold. As the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games wrap-up, Rhode Island hopes to make its state proud in Friday’s finals.



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Relay events headline Day 3 of aquatics competition

July 21, 2010

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From the 200 meter backstroke, to the 25 meter and 4×25 meter freestyle, Special Olympics athletes put the crowd on its feet for much of the morning Wednesday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center natatorium. Maine won the women’s preliminary 4×25 meter freestyle race with a time of 1:39:61. Nebraska came in second, followed by Rhode Island.

Races will continue until 4 p.m. today, with the first medal event coming later this afternoon. Stay tuned for more results and coverage of the 2010 Special Olympics U.S.A. National Games, brought to you by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Photo by: Billy Schammert, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Steven Drysdale, 24, Boston, Mass., and Brendan O’Keefe, 32, Wakefield, Mass., watch their teammates swim Wednesday morning. O’Keefe is competing in his second Special Olympics, while Drysdale is in his first. Drysdale said his favorite part about the games is, “making new friends.”
Photo by: Billy Schammert, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Sometimes the old guys finish first. (Top to bottom) David Karras, 34, Ariz., Greg Ashworth, 54, Okla., Andrew Wuthrow, 30 Kan., and Ted Harris, 42, Neb., competed in the one of the many 25 meter freestyle preliminary races Wednesday Morning. The race was won by the oldest of the group, Ashworth.
Photo by: Billy Schammert, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Sebastian overcomes obstacles, represents Rhode Island in tennis at 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.


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Soccer brings smiles

July 20, 2010

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Rhode Island Unified Soccer Team members shake hands with the South Carolina team after the game on July 20, 2010, at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex.

“Today I believe our team came out and did their best. They left everything on the field,” said head coach Katie Gomes. The team is from the smallest city in the smallest state: Central Falls, Rhode Island.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
For more photos by Marcus, check out his Flickr page here.
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Fans stand up and cheer during the unified soccer match between Rhode Island and South Carolina.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Timothy Knutson (No. 34) celebrates his goal for the Montana soccer team in a game against Utah.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Rhode Island soccer head coach Katie Gomes (center) and the rest of the team huddle before playing South Carolina.

Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Kandi Christophersen (No. 35) hugs her cousin after a game on July 19, 2010. Her parents, Roy and Sandy Kessler (seated right), are here in Lincoln. Kandi will be celebrating her third wedding anniversary on Wednesday with her husband and soccer teammate Bill Christophersen.

(July 19, 2010)
Photo: Marcus Scheer, 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
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Arizona
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Arkansas
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California
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Colorado
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Connecticut
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District of Columbia
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Deleware
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Florida
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Georgia
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Idaho
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Illinois
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Indiana
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Iowa
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Kansas
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Kentucky
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Louisiana
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Maine
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Maryland
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Massachusetts
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Michigan
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Minnesota
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Mississippi
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Missouri
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Montana
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Nebraska
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Nevada
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New Hampshire
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New Jersey
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New Mexico
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New York
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North Carolina
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North Dakota
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Ohio
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Oklahoma
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Oregon
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Pennsylvania
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Rhode Island
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South Carolina
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South Dakota
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Tennessee
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Texas
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Utah
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Vermont
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Virginia
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Washington
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West Virginia
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Wisconsin
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Wyoming
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Maggie makes her mark

July 19, 2010

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Maggie Sebastian is making history as the first Special Olympics USA National Games tennis player from Rhode Island. She is the only special athlete playing tennis for her state.

“I have only been playing tennis for a year but I love it already,” Maggie said.

Maggie, 63, credits her fitness to the bevy of sports she plays. Among them are soccer, basketball and golf. Maggie was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. The governor of Rhode Island also recognized her this past week for her participation in the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.

“I get really anxious when I’m about to play but then I get excited again!” Maggie said.

Photo: NaTasha Rollerson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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