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Britni Welch, Special Olympics athlete, participates in the wheelchair race at the 2015 Mississippi State Special Olympics, May 9, 2015, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Welch participated in the wheelchair race and tennis ball throw for her age group and won the gold medal in both sports. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)
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Posted: 5/14/2015

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Airmen and athletes dance at the 2015 Mississippi State Special Olympics Victory Dance, May 9, 2015, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Approximately 752 athletes competed in 55 sports, ranging from aquatics to track and field events throughout the two day event. More than 2,500 Airmen and civilian volunteers and 266 coaches helped make the event a success. For 29 years Keesler has hosted the event ending with the Victory Dance to celebrate all of the accomplishments of the athletes who competed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)
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Brig. Gen. Patrick Higby, 81st Training Wing commander, takes a photo with an athlete at the 2015 Mississippi State Special Olympics Victory Dance, May 9, 2015, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Approximately 752 athletes competed in 55 sports, ranging from aquatics to track and field events throughout the two day event. More than 2,500 Airmen and civilian volunteers and 266 coaches helped make the event a success. This year was the 29th year Keesler has hosted the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)
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Brig. Gen. Patrick Higby, 81st Training Wing commander, speaks at the 2015 Mississippi State Special Olympics closing ceremonies, May 9, 2015, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Approximately 752 athletes competed in 55 sports, ranging from aquatics to track and field events throughout the two day event. More than 2,500 Airmen and civilian volunteers and 266 coaches helped make the event a success. This year was the 29th year Keesler has hosted the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)
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A volunteer gives an athlete a ball for the tennis ball throwing competition at the 2015 Mississippi State Special Olympics, May 9, 2015, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Approximately 752 athletes competed in 55 sports, ranging from aquatics to track and field events throughout the two day event. More than 2,500 Airmen and civilian volunteers and 266 coaches helped make the event a success. This year was the 29th year Keesler has hosted the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)
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An athlete celebrates after being presented the gold medal for a powerlifting event by Chief Master Sgt. Karl Day, 81st Medical Group superintendent, at the 2015 Mississippi State Special Olympics, May 9, 2015, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Approximately 752 athletes competed in 55 sports, ranging from aquatics to track and field events throughout the two day event. More than 2,500 Airmen and civilian volunteers and 266 coaches helped make the event a success. This year was the 29th year Keesler has hosted the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)
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Posted: 5/11/2015

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Two athletes compete in the bocce ball competition at the 2015 Mississippi State Special Olympics, May 9, 2015, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Approximately 752 athletes competed in 55 sports, ranging from aquatics to track and field events throughout the two day event. More than 2,500 Airmen and civilian volunteers and 266 coaches helped make the event a success. This year was the 29th year Keesler has hosted the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)
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Keesler Air Force Base leadership congratulate an athlete after she wins gold in the wheelchair race at the 2015 Mississippi State Special Olympics, May 9, 2015, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Approximately 752 athletes competed in 55 sports, ranging from aquatics to track and field events throughout the two day event. More than 2,500 Airmen and civilian volunteers and 266 coaches helped make the event a success. This year was the 29th year Keesler has hosted the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)
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Britni Welch high fives her parents after finishing the wheelchair race at the 2015 Mississippi State Special Olympics, May 9, 2015, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Approximately 752 athletes competed in 55 sports, ranging from aquatics to track and field events throughout the two day event. More than 2,500 Airmen and civilian volunteers and 266 coaches helped make the event a success. This year was the 29th year Keesler has hosted the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)
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An Airman sponsor from the 81st Training Group helps an athlete to the wheelchair race starting line at the 2015 Mississippi State Special Olympics, May 9, 2015, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Approximately 752 athletes competed in 55 sports, ranging from aquatics to track and field events throughout the two day event. More than 2,500 Airmen and civilian volunteers and 266 coaches helped make the event a success. This year was the 29th year Keesler has hosted the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)
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Crowd members cheer on athletes at the 2015 Mississippi State Special Olympics, May 9, 2015, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Approximately 752 athletes competed in 55 sports, ranging from aquatics to track and field events throughout the two day event. More than 2,500 Airmen and civilian volunteers and 266 coaches helped make the event a success. This year was the 29th year Keesler has hosted the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)
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Crowd members cheer on athletes at the 2015 Mississippi State Special Olympics, May 9, 2015, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Approximately 752 athletes competed in 55 sports, ranging from aquatics to track and field events throughout the two day event. More than 2,500 Airmen and civilian volunteers and 266 coaches helped make the event a success. This year was the 29th year Keesler has hosted the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)
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Crowd members cheer on athletes at the 2015 Mississippi State Special Olympics, May 9, 2015, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Approximately 752 athletes competed in 55 sports, ranging from aquatics to track and field events throughout the two day event. More than 2,500 Airmen and civilian volunteers and 266 coaches helped make the event a success. This year was the 29th year Keesler has hosted the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)
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Airmen from the 81st Security Forces Squadron, 81st Training Wing leadership and Special Olympics athletes celebrate the end of the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, May 8, 2015, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Law enforcement officers from across Mississippi participated in the annual event to escort the Special Olympics Flame of Hope to the opening ceremonies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)
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Brig. Gen. Patrick Higby, 81st Training Wing commander, and a Special Olympics athlete hold the Special Olympics Flame of Hope after the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run, May 8, 2015, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Law enforcement officers from across Mississippi participated in the annual event to escort the torch to the opening ceremonies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)
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Airmen from the 81st Security Forces Squadron, 81st Training Wing leadership and Special Olympics athletes participate in the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, May 8, 2015, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Law enforcement officers from across Mississippi participated in the annual event to escort the Special Olympics Flame of Hope to the opening ceremonies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)
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Airmen from the 81st Security Forces Squadron participate in the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, May 8, 2015, outside of Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Miss. Law enforcement officers from across Mississippi participated in the annual event to escort the Special Olympics Flame of Hope to the opening ceremonies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield)
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Posted: 5/11/2015

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Posted: 4/29/2015

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This photo from the 2000 Special Olympics Summer Games won the Keesler News’ only Department of Defense Thomas Jefferson Award. The photo was taken by Susan Griggs, who was a contract writer from the Sun Herald at that time. In nearly 19 years at Keesler, she has won 19 Air Education and Training Command awards and three Air Force awards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan Griggs)
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Posted: 4/29/2015

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Airman Basic Luis Morello, 335th Training Squadron; Airman 1st Class Steven Tepperberg, 338th TRS; athlete Chris Ferrell; Airman Basic Zachary Coonrod and Airman 1st Class John Heffington, 335th TRS, display a few moves during the victory dance that marked the end of the 2012 Mississippi Special Olympics Summer Games, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.
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Posted: 5/1/2013

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Mike Shempert, athlete, throws the shot put during the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 12, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. It’s the 26th year that Keesler has hosted the statewide event. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Posted: 5/16/2012

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Collin Sartin, athlete, leaps into the air during his turn in the running long jump competition during the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 12, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. It’s the 26th year that Keesler has hosted the statewide event. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Collin Sartin, athlete, leaps into the air during his turn in the running long jump competition during the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 12, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. It’s the 26th year that Keesler has hosted the statewide event. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Mike Shempert, athlete, throws the shot put during the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 12, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. It’s the 26th year that Keesler has hosted the statewide event. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Posted: 5/16/2012

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Tabitha Turnage, athlete, does the butterfly stroke in the 100 yard individual medley swim competition at the Biloxi Natatorium, Biloxi, Miss., during the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 12, 2012. It’s the 26th year that Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., has hosted the statewide event. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Posted: 5/16/2012

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Olivia Jones, athlete, trails behind athlete Rosekita Johnson in the 15-meter unassisted swim competition at the Biloxi Natatorium, Biloxi, Miss., during the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 12, 2012. It’s the 26th year that Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., has hosted the statewide event. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Posted: 5/16/2012

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David Robertson, athlete, trails behind athlete Beth Ann Sullender in the 100-meter freestyle swim competition at the Biloxi Natatorium, Biloxi, Miss., during the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 12, 2012. It’s the 26th year that Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., has hosted the statewide event. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Tiffany Henegar, athlete, wheels herself down the track in the 25 meter wheelchair race during the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 12, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. It’s the 26th year that Keesler has hosted the statewide event. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Airmen 1st Class Brian Bryant and Candace Vessels, 338th Training Squadron, pose for a photo with their sponsored athlete, Shelby Smith, 15, following the completion of the 25-meter assisted walk during the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 12, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. It’s the 26th year that Keesler has hosted the statewide event. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Fifteen-year-old, Shelby Smith, athlete, participates in the 25 meter assisted walk during the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 12, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. It’s the 26th year that Keesler has hosted the statewide event. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Athletes Lamar Doss, Josh Turner, 15, and Jonathan Cole,16, participate in the 50 meter run during the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 12, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. It’s the 26th year that Keesler has hosted the statewide event. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Posted: 5/16/2012

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Volunteer Lance Cpl. Andrew Hopperstad, Keesler Marine Detachment, assists Peggy Settlemire, athlete, in a game of Bocce during the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 12, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. It’s the 26th year that Keesler has hosted the statewide event. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Senior Airman Cody Chandler, 81st Security Forces Squadron, who was hand selected by 81 SFS leadership, and Jasper McKnight, athlete, light the caldron during the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 11, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. It’s the 26th year that Keesler has hosted the statewide event. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Brig. Gen. Andrew Mueller, 81st Training Wing commander, provides encouraging words to the athletes, Airmen sponsors and volunteers during the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 11, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. It’s the 26th year that Keesler has hosted the statewide event. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Athletes and their Airmen sponsors arrive at the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 11, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. It’s the 26th year that Keesler has hosted the statewide event. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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The Keesler Honor Guard marches the colors onto the parade field during the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 11, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. It’s the 26th year that Keesler has hosted the statewide event. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Keesler Airmen hold the 50 state flags steady as Brig. Gen. Andrew Mueller, 81st Training Wing commander, Chief Master Sgt. Angelica Johnson, 81 TRW command chief, and Col. Glen Downing, 81 TRW vice commander, run the “Flame of Hope” down Phantom Street accompanied by runners from the 81st Security Forces Squadron in preparation for the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 11, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. It’s the 26th year that Keesler has hosted the statewide event. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Brig. Gen. Andrew Mueller, 81st Training Wing commander, carries the “Flame of Hope” down Highway 90 accompanied by runners from the 81st Security Forces Squadron in preparation for the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 11, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. It’s the 26th year that Keesler has hosted the statewide event. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Airmen sponsors cheer on Jay Davis, athlete, as he displays a few moves during the victory dance, inside a Hangar, following closing ceremonies and ending the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 12, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. It’s the 26th year that Keesler has hosted the statewide event. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Airman Basic Luis Morello, 335th Training Squadron; Airman 1st Class Steven Tepperberg, 338 TRS; Chris Ferrell, athlete; Airman Basic Zachary Coonrod and Airman 1st Class John Heffington, 335 TRS, display a few moves during the victory dance, inside a Hangar, following closing ceremonies and ending the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 12, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. It’s the 26th year that Keesler has hosted the statewide event. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Airman 1st Class Steven Tepperberg, 338th Training Squadron; Chris Ferrell, athlete; and Airman Basic Zachary Coonrod, 335 TRS, display a few moves during the victory dance, inside a Hangar, following closing ceremonies and ending the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 12, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. It’s the 26th year that Keesler has hosted the statewide event. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Chief Master Sgt. Richard Boulanger, 334th Training Squadron, places a medal around an athlete’s neck during the aquatics competition at the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games at the Biloxi Natatorium May 12, 2012, Biloxi, Miss. It’s the 26th year that the statewide event has been hosted by Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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The Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games‘ aquatic competition was held at the Biloxi Natatorium, Biloxi, Miss., May 12, 2012. It’s the 26th year that the statewide event has been hosted by Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the weekend a success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Dana Walton, athlete, participates in the limbo in Olympic Village during the Mississippi Special Olympics Summer Games, May 12, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. It’s the 26th year that Keesler has hosted the statewide event. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. Olympic Village is an area set up on the parade field with vendors, arts and crafts, games and karaoke for entertaining the athletes while not competing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Deloris Reed, athlete, is assisted by her Airman sponsor, Airman Jacqueline Brewer, 336th Training Squadron, with choosing beads to make a necklace at Olympic Village during the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 12, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. It’s the 26th year that Keesler has hosted the statewide event. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. Olympic Village is an area set up on the parade field with vendors, arts and crafts, games and karaoke for entertaining the athletes while not competing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Alonzo Gaddy, athlete, busts a balloon on volunteers Jarrett Helm and Colby Jones, 16, son of Steve Jones, also a volunteer from Ingalls Ship Building in Pascagoula, Miss., while playing a game at Olympic Village during the Special Olympics Deloris Reed, athlete, is assisted by her Airman sponsor, Airman Jacqueline Brewer, 336th Training Squadron, with choosing beads to make a necklace at Olympic Village during the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 12, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. It’s the 26th year that Keesler has hosted the statewide event. Opening ceremonies took place May 11. Athletic competitions took place throughout the day and were followed by a victory dance May 12. More than 1,200 athletes and coaches and 3,000 volunteers joined forces to make the event a success. Olympic Village is an area set up on the parade field with vendors, arts and crafts, games and karaoke for entertaining the athletes while not competing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Steve Jones, a volunteer from Ingalls Ship Building in Pascagoula, Miss.; watches Alonzo Gaddy, athlete, toss a hula hoop while playing ring-a-saurus in Olympic Village as Gaddy’s sponsors’ Airman Basic Brandon Jackson and Airman First Class Wendell Mutz, 335th Training Squadron, cheer him on during the Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games, May 12, 2012, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Olympic Village is an area set up on the parade field with vendors, arts and crafts, games and karaoke for entertaining the athletes while not competing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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