Black Hills Special Olympics
The Black Hills Special Olympics was founded in 1968, and is one of the strongest components of Special Olympics South Dakota. Less than a decade ago, the program was fading. In 2009, a group effort to rebuild and strengthen the program was set in motion, including the transformation from a school-based organization to a community-based organization, as well as the appointment of their Board of Directors, comprised of community leaders, coaches, and parents. The mission of Black Hills Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness. These competitions include weekly swimming, seasonal bowling, as well as area and state track meets throughout South Dakota. The program provides the opportunity for children and adults to demonstrate courage, experience joy, and build skills and friendships with other Special Olympic athletes and the community. For more information on the Black Hills Special Olympics, please visit www.bhspo.org.