Special Olympics begins at Keesler

The torch flame burns during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Training Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The torch flame burns during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Training Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler leadership cheer on athletes and their Airmen sponsors as they make their way down the troop walk during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Training Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler leadership cheer on athletes and their Airmen sponsors as they make their way down the troop walk during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Training Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Athletes and Airmen sponsors fill the drill pad during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Training Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Athletes and Airmen sponsors fill the drill pad during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Training Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Athletes and Airmen sponsors make their way down the troop walk during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Training Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Athletes and Airmen sponsors make their way down the troop walk during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Training Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Danny Dasis, Area 5 athlete, carries the Special Olympics flag during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Training Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Danny Dasis, Area 5 athlete, carries the Special Olympics flag during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Training Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Athletes display cutout aircrafts during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Training Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. This years theme is "Off We Go!" (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Athletes display cutout aircrafts during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Training Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. This years theme is "Off We Go!" (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. C. Mike Smith, 81st Training Wing vice commander, participates in the torch run during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Training Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Col. C. Mike Smith, 81st Training Wing vice commander, participates in the torch run during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Training Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Athletes and Airmen sponsors carry their banner down the troop walk during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Training Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Athletes and Airmen sponsors carry their banner down the troop walk during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Training Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

A Special Olympics Mississippi athlete renders a salute during the SOMS 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)

A Special Olympics Mississippi athlete renders a salute during the SOMS 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)

A Special Olympics Mississippi athlete waves during the SOMS 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)
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A Special Olympics Mississippi athlete waves during the SOMS 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)

Keesler Base Honor Guard presents the colors during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)
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Keesler Base Honor Guard presents the colors during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)

Mississippi police officers and Special Olympics Mississippi athletes run during the SOMS 2018 Summer Games torch run in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)
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Mississippi police officers and Special Olympics Mississippi athletes run during the SOMS 2018 Summer Games torch run in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)

Mississippi police officers and Special Olympics Mississippi athletes run during the SOMS 2018 Summer Games torch run in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)
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Mississippi police officers and Special Olympics Mississippi athletes run during the SOMS 2018 Summer Games torch run in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)

Airmen sponsors and athletes walk onto the Levitow Training Support Facility drill page during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremonies May 11, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andre Askew)
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Airmen sponsors and athletes walk onto the Levitow Training Support Facility drill page during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremonies May 11, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andre Askew)

An Honorary commander and Special Olympics Mississippi representatives place their hands over their heart during the National Anthem at the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andre' Askew)
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An Honorary commander and Special Olympics Mississippi representatives place their hands over their heart during the National Anthem at the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andre' Askew)

Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander and his wife, Kathy attend the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andre' Askew)
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Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander and his wife, Kathy attend the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 11, 2018. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andre' Askew)

Keesler Honor Guard members present the colors during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremonies at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad May 11, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andre' Askew)
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Keesler Honor Guard members present the colors during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games opening ceremonies at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad May 11, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics hosts sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs to include more than 700 athletes from Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andre' Askew)

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