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Christie Bohne, a Ramstein High School ninth-grader, recites the Special Olympics oath "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let be brave in the attempt," during the opening ceremony at the 2011 Special Olympics in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, Germany. Around 600 American and German athletes, along with about 1300 volunteers participated in the event on Thursday.
Christie Bohne, a Ramstein High School ninth-grader, recites the Special Olympics oath "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let be brave in the attempt," during the opening ceremony at the 2011 Special Olympics in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, Germany. Around 600 American and German athletes, along with about 1300 volunteers participated in the event on Thursday. (Mike Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Christie Bohne, a Ramstein High School ninth-grader, recites the Special Olympics oath "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let be brave in the attempt," during the opening ceremony at the 2011 Special Olympics in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, Germany. Around 600 American and German athletes, along with about 1300 volunteers participated in the event on Thursday.
Christie Bohne, a Ramstein High School ninth-grader, recites the Special Olympics oath "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let be brave in the attempt," during the opening ceremony at the 2011 Special Olympics in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, Germany. Around 600 American and German athletes, along with about 1300 volunteers participated in the event on Thursday. (Mike Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Tristan Janzen cheers as buddy Paul Swidzinski  pushes him to the finish line at the Special Olympics in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, Germany, on Thursday. Around 600 American and German athletes, along with about 1300 volunteers participated in the event.
Tristan Janzen cheers as buddy Paul Swidzinski pushes him to the finish line at the Special Olympics in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, Germany, on Thursday. Around 600 American and German athletes, along with about 1300 volunteers participated in the event. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Buddy Kristina Wilbur watches as Sophie Mahler tosses a softball at the 2011 Special Olympics in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, Germany, on Thursday. Around 600 American and German athletes, along with about 1300 volunteers, participated in the event.
Buddy Kristina Wilbur watches as Sophie Mahler tosses a softball at the 2011 Special Olympics in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, Germany, on Thursday. Around 600 American and German athletes, along with about 1300 volunteers, participated in the event. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Lorelai Browning of Vilseck High School waves to the crowd as she holds the Special Olympics torch while riding around the track in a Fiat 500 transformed into a fire truck. Around 600 American and German athletes participated in the Special Olympics in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, Germany, along with about 1300 volunteers.
Lorelai Browning of Vilseck High School waves to the crowd as she holds the Special Olympics torch while riding around the track in a Fiat 500 transformed into a fire truck. Around 600 American and German athletes participated in the Special Olympics in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, Germany, along with about 1300 volunteers. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Benjamin Wilke and Lucita Wargel rush towards the finish line in the 50-meter dash at the Special Olympics in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, Germany, on Thursday. Around 600 American and German athletes, along with about 1300 volunteers participated in the event.
Benjamin Wilke and Lucita Wargel rush towards the finish line in the 50-meter dash at the Special Olympics in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, Germany, on Thursday. Around 600 American and German athletes, along with about 1300 volunteers participated in the event. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Athletes and buddies wave as they ride the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern train around the German police academy in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, Germany, on Thursday.
Athletes and buddies wave as they ride the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern train around the German police academy in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, Germany, on Thursday. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Volunteer Strawberry Olive reacts as she watches Ronnie Diaz's ball roll towards the target in the boccie competition at the 2011 Special Olympics in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, Germany, on Thursday.
Volunteer Strawberry Olive reacts as she watches Ronnie Diaz's ball roll towards the target in the boccie competition at the 2011 Special Olympics in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, Germany, on Thursday. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Around 600 American and German athletes participated in the 2011 Special Olympics in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, Germany, on Thursday.

About 1,300 volunteers – including a “buddy” for each athlete – helped to make things run smoothly.

The games, which took place under a sunny, blue sky at the German police academy in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, was put on by U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern. The athletes participated in such disciplines as softball throw, 50-meter dash, boccie, soccer, long jump and basketball. They were also treated to lunch and entertainment.

It was the 28th time the Kaiserslautern military community has hosted the event.

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