|Checking out the main basketball court with fellow officials Don Marcotte and Jeremy Colter.|
This is my fourth time to be invited to officiate basketball at these games. It's an honor to be part of a group of dedicated volunteers who give up a week of time to observe and participate with talented, hard-working and fun athletes.
Although I do bring a camera, it is sometimes nice to be part of the ceremonies instead of trying to document every moment. You get to listen more to what's going on. You feel more involved. You are a part of something big.
As we walked to Husky Stadium on the campus of University of Washington, the people of Seattle lined the street to cheer the athletes. It was absolutely an emotional time as we saw signs, cheering fans, hand slaps and lots of noise of encouragement. Didn't take any photos, for once it was just fun and inspiring to walk with the athletes, have worthwhile conversations and just enjoyed the moments with new and old friends.
The officials sat in one section of the stadium, so we could sit and enjoy the ceremonies.
|Empty Seats before the Athletes enter the Stadium|
|Theme for the Games, #Risewithus|
|Tim Shriver addressing the stadium, as seen on the screen|
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