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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Special Olympics athlete, Kristen Nichols, right, runs with Charlotte Country Day student volunteer, Cori Mendelow, in a 50 meter dash at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics North Carolina with over 1,200 participating athletes at Charlotte Country Day School on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Suffian Ezzarante plays underneath a parachute at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics North Carolina with over 1,200 participating athletes at Charlotte Country Day School on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
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    Matthew Martin, right, celebrates winning a second place medal as Desmond Burrell, middle, receives the first-place medal at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics North Carolina with over 1,200 participating athletes at Charlotte Country Day School on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Over 20 sports are being played including baseball, motor activities, soccer, tennis, and more.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Special Olympics athletes compete in the 50 meter dash at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics North Carolina with over 1,200 participating athletes at Charlotte Country Day School on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Over 20 sports are being played including baseball, motor activities, soccer, tennis, and more.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Special Olympics medals sit in piles at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics North Carolina with over 1,200 participating athletes at Charlotte Country Day School on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Over 20 sports are being played including baseball, motor activities, soccer, tennis, and more.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Ebeneezer Gehbriwot, 7, shouts on a podium at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics North Carolina with over 1,200 participating athletes at Charlotte Country Day School on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Over 20 sports are being played including baseball, motor activities, soccer, tennis, and more.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte Country Day School student volunteer, right, Dirk Blanchat, walks with Special Olympics athlete, Josiah Hickman, 8, at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics North Carolina with over 1,200 participating athletes at Charlotte Country Day School on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Over 20 sports are being played including baseball, motor activities, soccer, tennis, and more.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Special Olympics North Carolina hosts their 31st annual Special Olympics in Mecklenburg County with over 1,200 participating athletes at Charlotte Country Day on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Over 20 sports are being played including baseball, motor activities, soccer, tennis, and more.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Kevin Tinnen-Hauges competes in the standing long jump at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics North Carolina with over 1,200 participating athletes at Charlotte Country Day School on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Over 20 sports are being played including baseball, motor activities, soccer, tennis, and more.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Diego Whitlow receives a second-place medal at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics North Carolina with over 1,200 participating athletes at Charlotte Country Day School on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Over 20 sports are being played including baseball, motor activities, soccer, tennis, and more.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Jaedyn Edwards celebrates receiving a first place medal at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics North Carolina with over 1,200 participating athletes at Charlotte Country Day School on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Mohammed Elfahel plays with a balloon at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics North Carolina with over 1,200 participating athletes at Charlotte Country Day School on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Over 20 sports are being played including baseball, motor activities, soccer, tennis, and more.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Suffian Ezzarante plays underneath a parachute at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics North Carolina with over 1,200 participating athletes at Charlotte Country Day School on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Over 20 sports are being played including baseball, motor activities, soccer, tennis, and more.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Hunter Whitlow throws a ball into a basket at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics North Carolina with over 1,200 participating athletes at Charlotte Country Day School on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Over 20 sports are being played including baseball, motor activities, soccer, tennis, and more.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Special Olympics athlete, Jaidin Hickman, chooses a balloon from clowns at the 31st annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympics North Carolina with over 1,200 participating athletes at Charlotte Country Day School on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Over 20 sports are being played including baseball, motor activities, soccer, tennis, and more.
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