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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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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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Athletes carry the Special Olympics flag off the stage.

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Members of Team Nebraska await the start of the ceremonies.

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The stage set before the ceremonies.

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

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



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Tennis competition ends with smiles, medals

July 23, 2010

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Cassandra Patterson, 26, of Huntsville, Ala., smiles after winning the gold medal in the tennis individual skills competition.
Photo: Caroline Kilday University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Members of Team Alabama dance together after the tennis players received their medals.
Photo: Caroline Kilday University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Reatha Smith, 43, of Tennessee, gets flowers from her family. Smith won a gold medal in tennis.
Photo: Caroline Kilday University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Ohio tennis player Cynthia Bently, 52, hugs her family after winning the silver medal in her division.
Photo: Caroline Kilday, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Photo: Caroline Kilday, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Tennessee’s Evans a most valuable player

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Tennessee Thunder’s Kevin Evans, 18, of Columbia, Tenn., runs against the Indiana Kats in the opening game of the Division 1 traditional team playoff. Evans, who runs, catches passes and plays defense, tore up the field all week long.

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Evans keeps a smile on his face even after his team loses its last game against Missouri, 12-16.

“He’s got the best heart,” says Thunder assistant coach Miles Duncan. “He’s MVP.”

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Evans works hard and focuses on what he’s learned while playing flag football.

“It’s about having fun and being smart,” he said.

Evans intends on including football in his future in Nashville, TN.



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Emotional last day for flag football

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Indiana Kats player Des Scott looks on as Tennessee Thunder’s Kevin Evans runs down the field during the first game of the evening for Division 1 of the traditional flag football teams. Division 1 consisted of the Indiana Kats, Tennessee and Missouri, with each team playing each other once.

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Tennessee Thunder’s Kevin Evans and Indiana Kats’ Bradley Smith embrace after the Kats’ 9-8 victory in overtime.

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Nebraska Red’s Kendrick Leubert (left) and Zach Taylor (right) try to tackle New Jersey’s Steven Rodenbeck during the second game of Division 2 play among the traditional teams. Nebraska Red won 22-14.

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Tennessee Thunder assistant coach Miles Duncan of Columbia, Tenn., scratches his head as the Thunder try to come back against Missouri in the second game of traditional Division 1 play. The Thunder lost 16-12.

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Arizona’s Andrew Wiemers tries to avoid a tackle from Texas Rattlers’ James Hawkins (left) and John Malone (middle) during the first game of play for Division 1 of the unified teams. Arizona won 14-0.

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Arkansas Hogs’ Tyrone Humphrey runs past Nebraska White’s Angelo McIntosh during the Hogs’ 12-6 victory in overtime. This was the first game of play for Division 2 of the traditional teams.

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TyAre Ross of the Nebraska White team tries to catch a ball against Arkansas.

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Missouri’s Bernard Hill runs for a touchdown against the Indiana Kats in the Division 1 of traditional teams championship game. Missouri won 26-20, completing a 9-0 undefeated run at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.

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New Jersey and Nebraska Red players huddle between plays.

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New Jersey and Nebraska Red players leap for the ball.

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Indiana Bulletz and Texas Rattlers players chase after a ball in the second game of unified Division 1 play. Texas won 32-28.

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Arizona tries to defend the Indiana Bulletz during the championship game of the unified Division 1. Arizona won 32-19.

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Arkansas and Nebraska Red battle it out in the championship game of Division 2 of the traditional teams. Nebraska Red won 29-14.

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All 10 flag football teams pose after the medal ceremony. For traditional teams in Division 1, Missouri won gold, Indiant Kats silver and Tennessee bronze. For traditional teams in Division 2, Nebraska Red took home gold, Arkansas silver, New Jersey bronze and Nebraska White fourth-place ribbons. For unified teams in Division 1, Arizona won gold, Indiana Bulletz silver and Texas bronze.

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The Moody family poses for a picture following the medal ceremony. Brendon Moody, from the Nebraska Football Academy, volunteered all week and brought his sons along with him. They were often seen playing catch between games.



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Fans, athletes and coaches focus on bocce action

July 22, 2010

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Bocce fans, athletes, and coaches show their support during doubles competition.

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Photos: Elizabeth Kavan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Youngest bocce athlete takes silver and gold

July 21, 2010

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Story: Kaitlin Arntz and Elizabeth Kavan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Flag football a not-so-lonely place for girls

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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.
Photo by Asha Anchan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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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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Tennessee breaks away

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Theresa Dennis of Tennessee takes a strong lead in the girls 200m run Wednesday, July 21.
Photo: Brittany Guindon, UNL



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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
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California
Photo by Chelsey Wahlstrom
Colorado
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Connecticut
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District of Columbia
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Deleware
Photo by Emily Sallach
Florida
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Georgia
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Idaho
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Illinois
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Indiana
Photos by Andrea Evers
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
Photo by Andrea Evers
North Carolina
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North Dakota
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Ohio
Photo by Dora Lopez
Oklahoma
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Oregon
Photo by Chelsey Wahlstrom
Pennsylvania
Photo by Emily Sallach
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
Photo by Chelsey Wahlstrom
Wisconsin
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Wyoming
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