Special Olympics Sioux Fallshttp://www.sosiouxfalls.org
The mission of Special Olympics Sioux Falls is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of well-coached, Olympic type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Sioux Falls giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympians, and their communities. Special Olympics Sioux Falls contributes to the physical, social, and psychological development of people with intellectual disabilities. Through successful experiences in sports, they gain confidence and build a positive self-image associated with success. This success carries over into the classroom, home, and community. Today more than 400 Sioux Falls area children and adults with intellectual disabilities participate in the following athletic sports programs: *Basketball (January to March)- Area and State Tourney in Yankton. *Spring/Summer Games (March to May) - Sports include: Swimming, Soccer, Track & Field, Race-walking and Powerlifting - Area Swim Meet in Sioux Falls, Area Track Meet in Brandon, State Games in Spearfish. *Softball (July to September) - Area Tourney in Sioux Falls, State Tournament is Brookings. *Bowling (October to November) - Traditional bowling has Area Tourney in Mitchell and State Tourney in Aberdeen. Unified bowling has Area Tourney in Mitchell and State Tourney in Sioux Falls. Coaches, chaperones, volunteers for practices and fund-raisers are a few of the many volunteers' jobs in Special Olympics. Amateur or professional, young or old, Special Olympics needs your help! They come from schools, colleges, service clubs, businesses, parent groups, youth agencies, sports organizations and professional groups. Special Olympics Sioux Falls believes that quality training is crucial to success in sports. Therefore, year-round training schools instruct coaches in the most effective and safe training techniques to work with special athletes. Athletes train with qualified coaches for Special Olympics competition, as well as for general over-all physical fitness.