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    Guadalupe Cuevas,10, left, dances with Chounice Knotts, 6, at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics opening ceremonies with over 1,200 participating athletes at the Bojangles Coliseum on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The Mecklenburg County Special Olympics games will take place Wednesday and Thursday, April 23-24, at Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center, Huntersville Family and Aquatics, and Charlotte Country Day School. 20 sports are included in the Special Olympics, including aquatics, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cycling, and more.
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    Susan Searight, far right, cheers for the Special Olympics athletes at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics opening ceremonies with over 1,200 participating athletes at the Bojangles Coliseum on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Searight says she saw an advertisement asking people to come to the opening ceremony to cheer on the athletes, so she decided to come support the children. The Mecklenburg County Special Olympics games will take place Wednesday and Thursday, April 23-24, at Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center, Huntersville Family and Aquatics, and Charlotte Country Day School. 20 sports are included in the Special Olympics, including aquatics, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cycling, and more.
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    Homer greets Special Olympics athletes as they walk into the opening parade at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics opening ceremonies with over 1,200 participating athletes at the Bojangles Coliseum on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The Mecklenburg County Special Olympics games will take place Wednesday and Thursday, April 23-24, at Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center, Huntersville Family and Aquatics, and Charlotte Country Day School. 20 sports are included in the Special Olympics, including aquatics, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cycling, and more.
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    Mionnga Nai, 12, smiles as she parades through the Bojangles Coliseum with her classmates at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics opening ceremonies with over 1,200 participating on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The Mecklenburg County Special Olympics games will take place Wednesday and Thursday, April 23-24, at Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center, Huntersville Family and Aquatics, and Charlotte Country Day School. 20 sports are included in the Special Olympics, including aquatics, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cycling, and more.
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    Metro School student, Cody Smith, 3, front right, claps during the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics opening ceremonies with over 1,200 participating athletes at the Bojangles Coliseum on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The Mecklenburg County Special Olympics games will take place Wednesday and Thursday, April 23-24, at Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center, Huntersville Family and Aquatics, and Charlotte Country Day School. 20 sports are included in the Special Olympics, including aquatics, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cycling, and more.
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    The Mecklenburg County Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run is led by USA games team, CMPD, and Charlotte Country Day student at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics opening ceremonies with over 1,200 participating athletes at the Bojangles Coliseum on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The Mecklenburg County Special Olympics games will take place Wednesday and Thursday, April 23-24, at Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center, Huntersville Family and Aquatics, and Charlotte Country Day School. 20 sports are included in the Special Olympics, including aquatics, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cycling, and more.
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    Maliah Smalls, 7, left, dances with Penny McCoy during the ending dance party at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics opening ceremonies with over 1,200 participating athletes at the Bojangles Coliseum on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The Mecklenburg County Special Olympics games will take place Wednesday and Thursday, April 23-24, at Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center, Huntersville Family and Aquatics, and Charlotte Country Day School. 20 sports are included in the Special Olympics, including aquatics, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cycling, and more.
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    Kids cheer with the crowd for the Special Olympics athletes as they march inside the Bojangles Coliseum at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics opening ceremonies with over 1,200 participating athletes on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The Mecklenburg County Special Olympics games will take place Wednesday and Thursday, April 23-24, at Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center, Huntersville Family and Aquatics, and Charlotte Country Day School. 20 sports are included in the Special Olympics, including aquatics, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cycling, and more.
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    Special Olympics athletes prepare for a dance performance taught to the children by the Allegra Foundation at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics opening ceremonies with over 1,200 participating athletes at the Bojangles Coliseum on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The Mecklenburg County Special Olympics games will take place Wednesday and Thursday, April 23-24, at Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center, Huntersville Family and Aquatics, and Charlotte Country Day School. 20 sports are included in the Special Olympics, including aquatics, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cycling, and more.
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    Special Olympics athletes march into the Bojangles Coliseum as the crowd cheers at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics opening ceremonies with over 1,200 participating athletes on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The Mecklenburg County Special Olympics games will take place Wednesday and Thursday, April 23-24, at Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center, Huntersville Family and Aquatics, and Charlotte Country Day School. 20 sports are included in the Special Olympics, including aquatics, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cycling, and more.
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    Eric Blount, 8, right, dances with a classmate at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics opening ceremonies with over 1,200 participating athletes at the Bojangles Coliseum on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The Mecklenburg County Special Olympics games will take place Wednesday and Thursday, April 23-24, at Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center, Huntersville Family and Aquatics, and Charlotte Country Day School. 20 sports are included in the Special Olympics, including aquatics, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cycling, and more.
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