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Meet Bennett!

Meet Bennett! Bennett joined Special Olympics South Dakota Pierre Wildcats almost 2 years ago. You can find him on the basketball court, taking part in athletics, softball, and bowling. He

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Meet Mari!

Meet Mari! Mari has been with Special Olympics South Dakota for 20 years now and is part of the Sioux Falls Lancers. If you’ve been to a swimming event you

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Back from Berlin

After years of training and competing for this athletic moment to become real – the 15-hour flight to Berlin, Germany was the last of the waiting they had to do. 

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Tate McGraw and Jessica Nordhus smiling for camera.

Defining Friendship

By Chad VanderPoel The roles we all play in each other’s lives is different. Often those roles are defined. It may be mother and daughter, teacher and student, boyfriend and

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A group of basketball players smiling together.

Being Part of a Unified Team

A USA Games Experience as Told by Xander Sheehan, Kyler Tvedt, and Kellan Benck Xander Sheehan (14): It’s hard to find words to describe what it was like to experience

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Gunner Sanderson smiling and holding a bowling ball in front of a bowling lane.

A Letter From Gunner

By Gunner Sanderson Dear Chad, Hi, my name is Gunner Sanderson.  I am 15 years old and am a sophomore in Clark High School. I have Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome. I have

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The signed Manning jersey.

From One Manning to Another

By Jon Cole In July, 2016 I was helping at the South Dakota High School All-Star Football game in Vermillion. Local Special Olympic Athletes were selected as honorary team captains

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