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Monday, June 21, 2010

Special Olympics of North Carolina 2010 My MVP Pick

I was part of a group of photographers shooting the 2010 Special Olympics of North Carolina (SONC). All I can say is WOW! If you have never been to a Special Olympics event, you need to go. they had golf, softball (the two events I shot), aquatics, and a bunch more. It was something else to watch the athletes (and they truly are) pour their hearts into these games.

All of them were truly amazing but there was one that really touched my heart. this girl hit the softball and it was a bunt and landed right in front of her. She hesitated for a second and then the coach was yelling "Run!". She took off.

The catcher threw the ball to first but they missed it and she poured on the steam and took off for second and then Third.

When she gets there, she squats down and holds her side/hip/leg.

She is hurting. Her parents were directly behind me and I heard them say something about she had hurt a muscle. BUT she doesn't come off third base. She STAYS! I went to the side of home plate and lined up to see her come in.

When the next batter hits the ball, she if off and running like a pro. Whatever pain there is, for now all that matters is the running.

But when she crossed home plate and one more step, her face shows the pain!

Talk about seeing a great player. The entire game was great but her run to home made her my personal MVP pick.

If you want to see some amazing sports, go watch the Special Olympics next time.

Photos of the Golf games can be seen here http://www.hldphotos.com/Galleries/Sports/SONC2010GolfFull/12513813_xfZbss#!i=901634406&k=7w3Qr

Photos of the Softball games can be seen here http://www.hldphotos.com/Galleries/Sports/Special-Olympics-of-NC-2010/23622648_D8mdg6#!i=1911413199&k=hLbM9gG

SONC Photos can be seen here http://www.sonc.net/news/photo_galleries.asp

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