Special Olympics South Dakotahttps://sosd.org
Special Olympics South Dakota is an accredited program of Special Olympics, Inc. The mission of Special Olympics South Dakota is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of well coached, Olympic type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Special Olympics South Dakota contributes to the physical, social and psychological development of people with intellectual disabilities. Through successful experiences in sports, athletes gain confidence and build a positive self-image associated with success. This success carries over into the classroom, the home and the community. Special Olympics South Dakota offers individuals with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to train and participate in basketball, soccer, softball, aquatics, powerlifting, volleyball, equestrian, alpine skiing and athletics. Each year 15 area competitions and 7 state competitions are held at various locations throughout South Dakota. The largest annual events are the Special Olympics State Summer Games held in May and the State Bowling Tournament held in November. Area competitions are: Unified Doubles Bowling, Singles Bowling, Basketball, Aquatics, Softball and Spring Games. State competitions are: Basketball Tournament, Softball Tournament, Bowling Tournament, Unified Bowling Tournament, Equestrian Competition, Alpine Skiing and Summer Games. Special Olympics is offered to the athletes completely free of charge. Special Olympics South Dakota relies upon sponsorships, corporate donations, civic group donations, individual donations, souvenir sales and fund-raising efforts to support its program. Supporting Special Olympics events makes a direct and significant impact on the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Sponsorship opportunities are available for all competitions, events and programs throughout the year. A few of the fundraisers held annually are: Law Enforcement Torch Run, World's Largest Truck Convoy, Casting for Cash, Polar Plunges throughout the state, Fire Truck Pulls, and others.