Unify CenterUnify Center

Now Open!


Respect. Inclusion. Opportunity


The Unify Center has officially opened it's doors.  The Unify Center offers Special Olympics South Dakota athletes, unified partners, coaches, and volunteers a space where they don't have to wrestle for gym time.  Not only is it a roof over their heads to overcome the outside elements but it also provides walls for a place of community so that the walls of inclusion can be broken down.

This facility brings 16,000 square feet to the Sioux Falls area that is equipped with 2 basketball courts (6 basketball hoops), a commons area, kitchen, and locker rooms.  The opportunity for many is now available to build understanding, respect, and most importantly, friendships.  Unify is about becoming united or whole and that is the goal of the Unify Center.  It is a place where the barrier of those with intellectual disabilities and those without is removed and everyone becomes unified as one common people.


The Impact to the Athletes

  • More opportunity to improve confidence and self-esteem
  • Greater independence through social integration, life skills training and more
  • The chance to learn important skills, interacting with peers
  • Added programming including Healthy Athletes and Young Athletes

The Impact on our Community

  • Building connections to Special Olympics families
  • Awareness of Special Olympics' mission beyond just sports
  • Increased opportunities for family time, shared activities, volunteering and community involvement
  • Partnership opportunities with schools, parks and rec, and other non-profits serving people with disabilities
  • Statewide tournaments and events that bring revenue to the area

Opportunities

Priority 1: Use by Special Olympics programs, including practice times and special events
Priority 2: Use by any other non-profits
Priority 3: All other requests

Interested in scheduling a time for your group to use the Unify Center please contact Chad VanderPoel at 605.331.4117 or cvanderpoel@sosd.org

Interested in sponsorship/donor opportunities with the Unify Center please contact Darryl Nordquist at 605.331.4117 or dnordquist@sosd.org

"The impact of the Unify Center extends beyond the athletes.  It benefits our entire community through greater awareness of the Special Olympics mission, and through partnerships with schools, law enforcement, and other local non-profits."

Unify Center

Thank you to our Sponsors and Partners