Vermillion athletes do well at State Special Olympics

Vermillion athletes do well at State Special Olympics Vermillion Special Olympians made the trip to Spearfish, May 15, 16 and 17, to participate in the 2003 Special Olympics South Dakota Track and Field competition. Thirty-one adult and school age athletes were one of the larger delegations at the event. It was also among the strongest. The team also made a trip to Brandon on May 3 for a qualifying event.

Among the many venues, Vermillion was represented in soccer, the 100 and 200 meter dashes, 50 meter walk and dash, shot put and softball throwing. Athletes returned with medals and ribbons too numerous to count. Relay teams won gold and silver medals against competition from Sioux Falls, Aberdeen and Huron. The group renewed old friendships while other made new friends at the dance on Friday evening of the event.

The South Dakota Special Olympic provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of sports for children (8 years and older) and adults with disabilities (www.sosd.org). The program provides opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes, and the community.

The Vermillion team extends its thanks to all the individuals and 28 businesses that contributed funds and volunteered their time to make the event an overwhelming success. These included the Vermillion Special Olympics and the SESDAC Foundation.

Coaching was provided by school district and SESDAC staff members, many of whom volunteered their time. Other volunteers also provided many hours of coaching and accompanied the team to Spearfish along with staff. Without these individual contributions participation would not have been possible.

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