Monday, August 16
Special Olympics 2010 USA National Games Opening Ceremony
This summer we were invited to be a part of the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Nebraska. Some of you may know, we produced the first ever 2006 USA National Games in Ames, IA, one of the most fulfilling events we have ever produced. So we jumped at the chance to come back for the 2010 games.
Although the planning process started over a year ago, it took every last minute to bring all the different elements of both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies together.
The Opening Ceremony began with a 'Parade of Athletes' from 47 Special Olympic State Delegations. Each state was introduced and paraded through the Bob Devaney Sport Complex on the University of Lincoln Campus.
Hosts for the evening were Actress and Model, Brooklyn Decker and Actor and Special Olympics athlete Eddie Barbanell. Both have become great spokespersons for the Specil Olympics movement.
The night's musical talents featured the legendary Sandi Patty, Americal Idol finalist Michael Sarver and Grammy Award winning Jars of Clay.
Jim Cathcart, one of the best known speakers in the world, served as the Video Emcee, highlighting four athletes from around the nation. These four people are not only amazing in what they can do on the athletic field, but amazing in what they do for their families, communities and the United States. Be sure to check out the Bow & Arrow website to view these wonderful highlight videos. We also want to thank Jim for offering his time to come participate in the Opening Ceremony, he is truly inspiring!
The night featured a special music track and video dedicated to the late Eunice Kennedy Schriver and her work as the founder and supporter of the Special Olympics movement. Michael Sarver performed the custom song titled "Carry the Torch" which ended in the lighting of the 2010 USA National Games' torch. (Check back later as we upload video)
The evening ended with inspirational words from Tim Schriver, Eunice Kennedy Schriver's son and new face of the Special Olympics. The legacy of Eunice Kennedy Schriver is in good hands and will be carried on by the many lives she has touched over the years. This has been one of the most cherished events we have ever be a part of in our 20 years of experience and we cannot thank the Schriver family enough for giving us the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful organization.