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Craig Foshee, Area 1 athlete, lights the torch to open the games during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games opening ceremonies at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad May 19, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)

Craig Foshee, Area 1 athlete, lights the torch to open the games during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games opening ceremonies at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad May 19, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)

Airman Damarcus Paxton, 335th Training Squadron student, assists BJ Burns, Area 11 athlete, as he arrives at Davis Manor for the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games May 19, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)

Airman Damarcus Paxton, 335th Training Squadron student, assists BJ Burns, Area 11 athlete, as he arrives at Davis Manor for the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games May 19, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)

Airmen from the 81st Training Group welcome athletes as they arrive at Davis Manor for the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games May 19, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airmen from the 81st Training Group welcome athletes as they arrive at Davis Manor for the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games May 19, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airmen sponsors and athletes gather at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games opening ceremonies May 19, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)

Airmen sponsors and athletes gather at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games opening ceremonies May 19, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)

Col. C. Mike Smith, 81st Training Wing vice commander, leads members of the 81st Security Forces Squadron onto the parade field at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games opening ceremonies May 19, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)

Col. C. Mike Smith, 81st Training Wing vice commander, leads members of the 81st Security Forces Squadron onto the parade field at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games opening ceremonies May 19, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)

Mikey Balfour, Area 8 athlete, leaps into the air in the running long jump event during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games May 20, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)

Mikey Balfour, Area 8 athlete, leaps into the air in the running long jump event during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games May 20, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)

Medals sit on display during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games May 20, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Medals sit on display during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games May 20, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Athletes compete in the bocce event during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games May 20, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)

Athletes compete in the bocce event during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games May 20, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)

Col. Jeannine Ryder, 81st Medical Group commander, presents a medal to Jennifer Didlake, Area 17 athlete, during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games May 20, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)

Col. Jeannine Ryder, 81st Medical Group commander, presents a medal to Jennifer Didlake, Area 17 athlete, during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games May 20, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)

Airman 1st Class Keisha Alvarez, 336th Training Squadron student, prepares bag lunches during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games May 20, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Airman 1st Class Keisha Alvarez, 336th Training Squadron student, prepares bag lunches during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games May 20, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Athletes participate in aquatics events during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games May 20, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)
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Athletes participate in aquatics events during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games May 20, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)

Senior Airman Holly Mansfield, 81st Training Wing public affairs photojournalist, pushes Gary Anderson, Area 12 athlete, during the 25-meter assisted walk during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games May 20, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Senior Airman Holly Mansfield, 81st Training Wing public affairs photojournalist, pushes Gary Anderson, Area 12 athlete, during the 25-meter assisted walk during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games May 20, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Col. Michele Edmondson, 81st Training Wing commander, delivers remarks during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games closing ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility May 20, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)
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Col. Michele Edmondson, 81st Training Wing commander, delivers remarks during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games closing ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility May 20, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)

Randy Simmons, 338th Training Squadron instructor supervisor, delivers remarks during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games closing ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility May 20, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)
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Randy Simmons, 338th Training Squadron instructor supervisor, delivers remarks during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games closing ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility May 20, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)

Airmen sponsors and athletes wait in the hallway for the weather to clear at the Levitow Training Support Facility during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games closing ceremony May 20, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)
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Airmen sponsors and athletes wait in the hallway for the weather to clear at the Levitow Training Support Facility during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games closing ceremony May 20, 2017, 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 Kemberly Groue)

A Special Olympics athlete winds up a throw at a softball throw competition during the SOMS 2017 Summer Games at the Triangle Track, May 20, 2017, 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 Senior Airman Duncan McElroy)
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A Special Olympics athlete winds up a throw at a softball throw competition during the SOMS 2017 Summer Games at the Triangle Track, May 20, 2017, 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 Senior Airman Duncan McElroy)

Madyson McManus, Area 3 athlete, throws a football through a tire during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at Olympic Village May 20, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Travis Beihl)
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Madyson McManus, Area 3 athlete, throws a football through a tire during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at Olympic Village May 20, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Travis Beihl)

Korban Ossary, Area 11 athlete, and Malachy Harrison, Area 3 athlete, run the 50 meter dash during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at the Triangle Track May 20, 2017, 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 Airman 1st Class Travis Beihl)
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Korban Ossary, Area 11 athlete, and Malachy Harrison, Area 3 athlete, run the 50 meter dash during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at the Triangle Track May 20, 2017, 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 Airman 1st Class Travis Beihl)

A Special Olympics athlete golfs during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at the Bay Breeze Golf Course May 20, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Travis Beihl)
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A Special Olympics athlete golfs during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at the Bay Breeze Golf Course May 20, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Travis Beihl)

Tracey Shearer, Area 8 athlete, bowls during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at Gaude’ Lanes May 20, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Travis Beihl)
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Tracey Shearer, Area 8 athlete, bowls during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at Gaude’ Lanes May 20, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Travis Beihl)

Teddy Underwood, Area 16 athlete, competes in powerlifting during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at the Triangle Fitness Center May 20, 2017, 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 2nd Lt. Teddy Barbosa)
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Teddy Underwood, Area 16 athlete, competes in powerlifting during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at the Triangle Fitness Center May 20, 2017, 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 2nd Lt. Teddy Barbosa)

Area 2 and Area 4 athletes compete in the upper division volleyball championship during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at the Blake Fitness Center May 20, 2017, 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 2nd Lt. Teddy Barbosa)
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Area 2 and Area 4 athletes compete in the upper division volleyball championship during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at the Blake Fitness Center May 20, 2017, 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 2nd Lt. Teddy Barbosa)

Renalda Lamour and Margarita Anguiano, 335th Training Squadron Airman sponsors, and Queen Greenlaw, Area 6 athlete, pose for a photo during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at Olympic Village May 20, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Travis Beihl)
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Renalda Lamour and Margarita Anguiano, 335th Training Squadron Airman sponsors, and Queen Greenlaw, Area 6 athlete, pose for a photo during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at Olympic Village May 20, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Travis Beihl)

Brandon Pangilinan, 333rd Training Squadron student, presents Area 16 athletes with medals after the volleyball competition during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at the Blake Fitness Center May 20, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andre’ Askew)
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Brandon Pangilinan, 333rd Training Squadron student, presents Area 16 athletes with medals after the volleyball competition during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at the Blake Fitness Center May 20, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andre’ Askew)

Airmen sponsors and athletes walk onto the Levitow Training Support Facility drill page during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games opening ceremonies May 19, 2017, 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 2017 Summer Games opening ceremonies May 19, 2017, 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)

Keesler Honor Guard members present the colors during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games opening ceremonies at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad May 20, 2017, 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 2017 Summer Games opening ceremonies at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad May 20, 2017, 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)

Henry Harris, Special Olympics Mississippi tennis director, helps Lashandra Woods, Area 7 athlete, during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at the tennis courts May 20, 2017, 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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Henry Harris, Special Olympics Mississippi tennis director, helps Lashandra Woods, Area 7 athlete, during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at the tennis courts May 20, 2017, 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)

Special Olympics athletes bowl during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at Gaude’ Lanes May 20, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andre’ Askew)
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Special Olympics athletes bowl during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at Gaude’ Lanes May 20, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andre’ Askew)

Keesler volunteers lift an U.S. flag during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games opening ceremonies at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad May 19, 2017, 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 volunteers lift an U.S. flag during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games opening ceremonies at the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad May 19, 2017, 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)

Special Olympics athletes play volleyball during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at the Blake Fitness Center May 20, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andre’ Askew)
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Special Olympics athletes play volleyball during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games at the Blake Fitness Center May 20, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 31st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andre’ Askew)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

Team Keesler hosted the Special Olympics Mississippi 2017 Summer Games (SOMS) for the 31st year May 19-20, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.

With more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning more than 16 regions across Mississippi, this year’s events went off without a hitch.

The event kick-off with the athlete arrivals May 19, followed by the opening ceremony and Flame of Hope torch run. After a night of rest, the athletes and two Airman sponsors enjoyed a full day of sporting events to include aquatics, bocce ball, tennis, volley ball and so much more.

“Special Olympics was a huge success,” said Jackie Pope, 81st Force Support Squadron Airman and family readiness center chief and SOMS project officer. “It's always a success when all of the sport competitions are able to be completed without any interruptions and we were even able to get about 30 minutes of the victory dance in before the rain poured down.”

Since the beginning of Special Olympics in 1968, the organization has hosted sporting events around the world for people of all ages with special needs. Pope has been volunteering with the Special Olympics for nearly 20 years and enjoys every moment of it.

“I can't imagine not being a part of this fabulous organization,” said Pope. “It's helped me to be a better advocate and help people to see the athletes as having ‘different abilities, not disabilities’. The athletes want the same thing we want, to be happy, be shown kindness and respect.  For me, the month of May would not be complete without being a part of the Summer Games.”

With an event this large in scale, no one organization can do it alone. Several groups and communities united to put this event together for the athletes of Mississippi.

“We are just overwhelmed with the support of the communities around the state and the partnership established with Keesler,” expressed Sam Wells, the SOMS marketing and development director. “I believe it's a partnership where both parties gain a great deal. The joy on the faces of both the athletes and their Airman sponsors is why we all do what we do.”