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‘Be a fan’

July 27, 2010

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Video compiled by: Emily Bliss, UNL



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Praise for USA National Games volunteers

July 23, 2010

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First lady thanks volunteers for their service

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Photo by: Micah Rhodes, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Nebraska’s first lady, Sally Ganem, reads a proclamation on behalf of her husband, Gov. Dave Heineman, at Special Olympics Town at Pershing Center. The proclamation was a thank-you to the 8,000 volunteers who have helped make the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games possible.



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Medical support system aids athletes

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



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‘Whatever they need me to do, I do’

July 22, 2010

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Games organizers said the volunteers for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games were one of the reasons the games were an overwhelming success. This video is a tribute to them.

Video by Joshua Kellams and Aaron Krienert



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Volunteer makes the games his vacation

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Volunteer Kenneth Kieffer poses with bocce athlete Andrew Dalin of Team Wisconsin after Dalin received his medal.

Thousands of volunteers from around the country have devoted their time and efforts to the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games. Kieffer is using vacation time to take part in the games; he traveled more than 1,500 miles from Gig Harbor, Wash.

Photo: Corinne Burger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Kansas athlete signs ball for a fan

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Photo: Summer LaPlante, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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Bryan LGH Staff and Red Cross aid the athletes

July 21, 2010

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Bryan LGH nurses Bobbi Clinch and Sharon Harms donate their time and skills to the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games. More than 700 nurses and physicians from Lincoln’s Bryan LGH Medical Center have volunteered to help — along with the Red Cross — at each of the venues and dorms.
Photo: Corinne Burger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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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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Volunteers show Nebraska is willing to help

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In a true show of, Nebraskan hospitality, the Special Olympics turned down volunteers for this years 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games because a lack of jobs. There are 6,450 total volunteers that are available to help at any time, though there were 11,000 who registered. The organization has found there are more than enough volunteers to complete the jobs required for this week’s events. A special thanks to all the volunteers that have given up their time to help enhance the athlete’s experience in Husker Nation.

Photo: Brandon Frakes, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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