Special Olympics Games are June 25-July 5 The countdown to the world's largest sporting event of 1999 is winding down. Beginning June 25, 27 athletes, seven coaches and three delegates from South Dakota will begin an experience of a lifetime. These athletes and coaches have been chosen to represent South Dakota at the 1999 Special Olympics World Games in Raleigh/Durham, NC. Over 7,000 athletes from 150 different countries will be traveling to the United States on June 25 – July 5 to take part in this world class competition.
Every four years, athletes from South Dakota begin training for world competition. For this year's World Games, Special Olympics South Dakota will be represented in five different sports. Team USA � South Dakota will compete in aquatics, athletics, team basketball, bowling and powerlifting.
On June 23 and 24, Team USA � South Dakota will come together in Sioux Falls for two days of training and group activities prior to leaving for North Carolina. This training camp is to allow athletes an opportunity to train with their teammates from around the state and to build team spirit.
On June 25, Team USA � South Dakota will fly to North Carolina. The first group of World Games athletes and coaches will be leaving at 7:50 a.m. from a TWA terminal. The second group of athletes will be leaving at 4:24 p.m. also from a TWA terminal.