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Vincent Girley, father of an athlete, congratulates competitors after the 25 meter wheelchair race during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games at the Triangle Track at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 12, 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)

Special Olympics Summer Games 2018

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Julie Botroff, 81st Medical Group superintendent, presents a medal to Felicia Edgeston, Area 11 athlete, with a medal for the 50 meter run during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games at the Triangle Track at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 12, 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)

Special Olympics Summer Games 2018

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Julie Botroff, 81st Medical Group superintendent, hugs Lori Spooner, Area 1 athlete, after presenting her with a medal for the 50 meter run during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games at the Triangle Track at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 12, 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)

Special Olympics Summer Games 2018

U.S. Air Force Airmen volunteers pose with Gary Cotton, Area 7 athlete, during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games at the tennis courts at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 12, 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)

Special Olympics Summer Games 2018

Steven Davis, Area 16 athlete, bench presses in the powerlifting competition during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games at the Triangle Fitness Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 12, 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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Drew Lockhart, Hub City athlete, holds hands with U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Abby Barnes, 336th Training Squadron student, during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 12, 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 Angelique Smythe)

Special Olympics Summer Games 2018

Area 17 volleyball team competes against Area 18 during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games at the Blake Fitness Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 12, 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)

Special Olympics Summer Games 2018

U.S. Air Force Airmen First Class Gabrielle DeQuire and Ciera Colvin, 335th Training squadron students, escort Sherrie McCarter, Area 6 athlete, during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 12, 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 Angelique Smythe)

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Brandon Parkerson, Area 15 athlete, winds up for his turn in the softball throw during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games at the Triangle Track at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 12, 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 Angelique Smythe)

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Arkeonna Robinson, Area 11 athlete, pulls ahead of Kaylynne Boyd, Area 18 athlete, in the 50 meter run during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games at the Triangle Track at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 12, 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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U.S. Air Force Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander, presents a silver medal to a doubles bocce team during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games at the Triangle Track at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 12, 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 Jenay Randolph)

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Special Olympic golf athletes and U.S. Air Force Airmen sponsors pose for a group photo at the Bay Breeze Event Center during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 12, 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 Jenay Randolph)

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Manning, Training Group deputy commander, present a gold medal to Joseph Tate, Area 16 athlete, during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games at the Triangle Track at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 12, 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)

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U.S. Navy Cmdr. Timothy Knapp, Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Keesler commanding officer, present a medal to Stevie McLaughlin, Area 17 athlete, for the 100 meter run during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games at the Triangle Track at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 12, 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)

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Joseph Geter, Area 16 athlete, competes in the standing long jump during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games at the Triangle Track at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 12, 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)

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Airman Basic Austin Kleckner, 334th Training Squadron student, pushes Roderick Smith, Area 7 athlete, in the 10 meter assisted wheelchair race during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games at the Triangle Track at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 12, 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)

Special Olympics Mississippi athletes compete in the 15m walk during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games at the Biloxi Natatorium at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 12, 2018. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 32st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)
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Special Olympics Mississippi athletes compete in the 15m walk during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games at the Biloxi Natatorium at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 12, 2018. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 32st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)

Quentin Comby, Area 18 athlete, salutes Lt. Col. Michael Blowers, 81st Aerospace Medical Squadron commander, after receiving his medal during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games at Gaude’ Lanes at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 12, 2018. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 32st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)
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Quentin Comby, Area 18 athlete, salutes U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Blowers, 81st Aerospace Medical Squadron commander, after receiving his medal during the Special Olympics Mississippi 2018 Summer Games at Gaude’ Lanes at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 12, 2018. Keesler hosted more than 3,200 athletes, directors, coaches, family members and volunteers spanning over 16 regions across Mississippi for the 32st year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)