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"Let me win, But if I cannot win, Let me be brave in the attempt."

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.


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We offer training & competition in 12 state-level sports. In Unified Sports, athletes with & without intellectual disabilities play on the same team.


Our Unified Champion Schools empower students to make their schools more inclusive and welcoming to people of all abilities.


We improve the health of people with intellectual disabilities by promoting fitness through programs like Fit5 & providing free health screenings at state-wide events. The Athlete Leadership Council has our Special Olympics athletes be at the front of decision-making for events.

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