2012 Special Olympics at Fort Gordon

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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) The opening ceremony for the 2012 Area 9 Special Olympics at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 28.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Shane Givens Jr., 11, holds his father's hand as he waves to a crowd of soldiers during the opening ceremony for the 2012 Special Olympics at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 28.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Maria Baker, 12, center, is led down the track by James Corley, left, and her mother Liz Baker, right, during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Special Olympics at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 28.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Burke County school children and soldiers stand during the National Anthem before the 2012 Special Olympics at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 28.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Arthur Dickinson, coordinator of the Special Olympic games at Fort Gordon, steadies participant Jose Vega as he lights the flame for the start of the 2012 Summer Games.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Burke County student Sha'Noah Johnson competes in the 50 meter dash during the 2012 Special Olympics at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 28.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Burke County school teacher Sarah Ash helps student Adan Crockett during the 50 meter dash before the Area 9 Special Olympics at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 28.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Burke County school teacher Sarah Ash helps student Adan Crockett during the 50 meter dash during the Area 9 Special Olympics at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 28.
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(Emily Rose Bennett\Staff) Kevin Lott, of Gracewood, cheers as he competes in the 25 meter Wheelchair Race during the Area 9 Special Olympic Games at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 28.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Carolyn Owens, of Gracewood, rests after winning the 25 meter Wheelchair Race at the 2012 Special Olympics at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 28.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Volunteers rest during the 2012 Special Olympics at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 28.
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(Emily Rose Bennett\Staff) From left, Kristan Blay, Connie Blancos, Milton Cooper, Sean Frails, and Donte Walker stretch their arms during the Area 9 Special Olympics at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 28.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) A boy displays his third place ribbon that he won during the 2012 Special Olympics at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 28.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Staff Sgt. Josuan Rodriguez hands tennis balls to participant Andrico Smith for the Tennis Ball Throw during the 2012 Special Olympics at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 28.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Kelly Blackwell jumps as she competes in the Stand broad Jump during the 2012 Special Olympics at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 28.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Thomson High School student Jasmine Dixon competes in the Running Long Jump during the 2012 Special Olympics at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 28.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Boys run as they compete in the 100 meter dash during the 2012 Special Olympics at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 28.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Lynndale Lions teammate Sean Frails flexes his muscles before competing in the shot put event during the 2012 Special Olympics at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 28.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Soldier's award ribbons to Niklaus Drury, left, and Brandon Reynolds during the 2012 Special Olympics at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 28.

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