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Welcome to my blog. Looking through my posts you will find that I love and have a passion for photography and although my expertise so to speak is in Sports Action, I have been getting into wildlife and senior portraits. No matter what I'm shooting I want to bring my client the best possible shot I can and give them / you a photograph that you will cherish for a lifetime. If your looking for someone to capture your child in action, to show the intensity and emotion in which your child plays, look no further. Just drop me a line (e-mail) at homerkenpo@aol.com. I cover most areas in Southern Califoria.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

2010 Special Olympics Summer Games

This is my third (second consecutive) time being a photographer for the Southern California Special Olympics Summer Games.

Every year in June the Special Olympics hold their Summer Games at Long Beach State University, so when I received an email from a Special Olympic Representative inquiring about me coming out to photograph the event, I was more than happy say yes.

This year I was given the assignment to cover Bocce Ball and Basketball. I'm not new to photographing and covering basketball, but Bocce Ball was a different story. Last year I took the challenge and covered golf, which wasn't getting much if any coverage during the Summer Games. I was very pleased with my results as were the people with the Special Olympics. Because of the quality shots I provided them of the golf venue, I was given the assignment to shoot Bocce Ball this year. I took the challenge head on going out there with the mind set that I was going to show the excitement and intensity in which these athlete's compete at.

Now to the "Games", which start with the parade of athletes. This consists of law enforcement officers and volunteers lining up with the athletes coming in onto the field between them.

This first shot means so much to me and is dedicated to the California Highway Patrol, who in the week prior to the Summer Games lost two of their officers (Note the black band on their badges and the badge of the LAPD officer to your right).

Here you see the athlete's walking between the law enforcement officers during the parade of athletes.

The color guard from the Long Beach Police Department.

Motor Officers from various Southern California departments lead the way for the torch.

Seconds away from the start of the Summer Games with the torch on it's way in.

"Bocce Ball"

The athlete with the ball was wheel chair bound. His team mate would help him slowly out of his wheel chair and help into the throwing area, at which time he would hold him up and keep him steady as he threw the ball. This here is what the summer games is about. There's no thought about this man's disability, only team work and the desire to compete.

Now we get to basketball. I moved between two courts back and forth to cover as many games as I could and get a good range of action shots from the various teams.


Kim Pine said...

Jim - Thank you so much for bringing the games to life for those who couldn't attend this year. Love those bocce photos!

Marlyn said...

Wow, Jim! These are fabulous. You've really captured the spirit of the games. Thank you so much!

Marlyn Denter
SOSC Board Member

kymberli q. said...

Sooooo great, Jim! You got some fantastic images! LOVE the story about the teammates in the Bocce ball event. Just lovely. :)

Al Quackenbush said...

Jim, again, fantastic photos accompanied by a wonderful story. I love your descriptions. I am proud to know a fellow photographer who donates his time like this. Great job once again.

Shelly Rosen said...

Awesom Jim,

These show your usual talent at capturing the intensity and emotion of competion. And you gotta love the bokeh :-)

These athletes inspire me!

tinanichols said...

I agree with everyone else, you really captured what these events are all about. Amazing job!

Jim, "Homer" said...

Thanks so much everyone. I really appreciate all of your comments.