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Community Invited to Participate in Special Olympics Summer Games
April 09, 2019
The full schedule for the 51st Special Olympics State Summer Games, coming to Vermillion on May 16-18, 2019, is now available. As this marks a return to the event’s birthplace in Vermillion after 50 years West River, the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company and the Special Olympics State Summer Games committee look forward to showing the many athletes, coaches, and volunteers what a warm and welcoming community Vermillion can be.
“As the final preparations for this year’s Summer Games come together, we are exceptionally proud of all the ways that our community has stepped up to support,” shares Nate Welch, VCDC President & CEO. “There’s no question that this year’s games will be an outstanding event, and we’d like to encourage everyone in Vermillion to come on out during the three days of the games to cheer on these athletes with some unforgettable enthusiasm.”
The Mission of Special Olympics South Dakota is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children (8 years and older) 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 friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
This year’s Summer Games will begin Thursday, May 16th and continue through Saturday, May 18th. To kick-off things off, the opening ceremony will begin with a Law Enforcement Torch Run through downtown Vermillion, leading to the Sanford Coyote Sports Center, on May 16th beginning at 5:30 pm at Ratingen Platz. The public is welcome to participate either as a runner or as a supporter along the route, which will continue east on Main St, then extend north on Dakota St, and end by turn into USD parking lot across from the Fire Station.
The full schedule can be found here: https://sosd.org/images/files/2019_SG_Schedule_of_Events.pdf
Special Olympics South Dakota Summer Games competitions include Volleyball, Team Soccer, Aquatics, Powerlifting, Individual Soccer Skills, Race Walking, & Track & Field. Friday’s events will begin at 8:00 am with volunteer registration, while athletic events will commence at 9:00 am. Saturday’s volunteer registration opens up at 7:30 am, with athletic events beginning at 7:45 am. More information, including the full schedule, can be found at LiveVermillion.com.
Sign up to volunteer here: https://forms.gle/uPaPRqbGs9MP9A8T7
Volunteers, ages 16 or older, are still welcome for any portion of the games. Volunteers will receive a commemorative t-shirt and be provided a meal during the games. Participation is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, and a unique chance to work with athletes from across the state of South Dakota. Those interested in volunteering should contact Mike Bartos at the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company at 605.624.5571 or at Mike@VermillionChamber.com.
Current sponsors include First Bank & Trust, CorTrust, Coffee Cup Travel Plaza, Dakota Hospital Foundation, Walmart Vermillion, First Dakota National Bank, Bank of the West, Sanford Hospital Foundation, Sesdac Foundation, City of Vermillion, Knutson Family Dentistry, Olson Medical Clinic, MASABA, Inc., HyVee Vermillion, Craig Thompson Law Office, Edward Jones offices, Aramark, Ouellette Trucking Co, Vermillion Civic Council, Biotest, Vermillion Optimist Club, Louie’s Cleaning and Restoration, Wynie Mae’s AVEDA Salon & Spa, Jimmy John’s, and Electrical Theatre Controls and High End Systems.
Mike Bartos, Marketing & Events Coordinator