Monday, August 16

Special Olympics 2010 USA National Games Closing Ceremony

As the week's events came to a close in Lincoln Nebraska, the energy and excitement of the nearly 14,000 people attending the USA National Games Closing Ceremony was just beginning to build. As the doors opened for the Closing Ceremony, we quickly realized the athletes, fans, coaches and parents we not ready to go home just yet.

Hip-hop sensation Small Change, three young men from Atlanta Georgia, added fuel to the fire as Fans danced in the stands during the walk-in. This was a fitting start to the Ceremony which doubled as a Youth Rally for Special Olympics.

The musical talents for the evening were pop stars Kristinia DeBarge and FeFe Dobson, Small Change, LaShell Griffen, and Special Olympics athlete/Musician David Steffen.

Upon seeing 14,000 fans ready to rock and roll in the stands, all the artists got a real taste of what it means to be a part of the Special Olympics organization. It's not about who is number one or who has the most recent pair of Nike's, it's about celebrating the athlete's accomplishments throughout their journey.

These shows are some of our favorite to produce because you never seem to get tired or frustrated not matter the obstacle. Instead, you feed off the energy and inspiration of every athlete, coach, volunteer and fan you encounter. If you haven't yet, make sure you make it out to a Special Olympic event as a volunteer or fan, you get more than you give. Be sure to check back as we post video of our two week trip to Lincoln.

-Chris Mars

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