Georgia Area 9 Special Olympics at Fort Gordon

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Robert Jackson reaches up to help 16-year-old Kadarious Gladdin of Washington County High School light the flame during the opening ceremonies of the Georgia Area 9 Special Olympics on post at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Greenbrier High School's Kanesha Tate (far right) runs the 100 meter dash with Specialists Marcus Ashcraft (far left), Matthew Campbell (center, right), and Pietro Di Maria (center, right) during the Georgia Area 9 Special Olympics on post at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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From left to right, Washington County Elementary School's Jaquavieous Waltower, Jervonta Smith, and Tommy King race against each other in the 50 meter dash during the Georgia Area 9 Special Olympics on post at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Greenbrier High School's Kanesha Tate smiles after getting her first place ribbon from her run in the 100 meter dash during the Georgia Area 9 Special Olympics on post at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Special Olympics participants walk around a track in a welcome parade in the opening ceremonies of the Georgia Area 9 Special Olympics on post at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Special Olympics participants walk around a track in a welcome parade in the opening ceremonies of the Georgia Area 9 Special Olympics on post at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Linda Chipman pins Sego Middle School's Jonathan Howard's ribbon on his chest after he participated in the softball-toss during the Georgia Area 9 Special Olympics on post at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Major General LaWarren Patterson (left) poses for pictures with people attending during the Georgia Area 9 Special Olympics on post at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Kiki Hawes (center, left) waves from the stands as she cheers the Special Olympic athletes walking a track in a welcome parade during the opening ceremonies of the Georgia Area 9 Special Olympics on post at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. Hawes said she attended the event to cheer on her son Tavonte Hawes from Greenbrier High School. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Sego Middle School's Jonathan Howard looks at his ribbon as Linda Chipman (left) pins it to his chest after Howard participated in the softball-toss event during the Georgia Area 9 Special Olympics on post at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff

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