Special Olympics have opening ceremonies in Spearfish

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"Let me win, but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt" that is the motto for the Special Olympics which held their opening ceremonies Thursday evening in Spearfish.

Just over 600 Special Olympians from all across the state will compete over the next two days in Olympic style events. The athletes received a warm welcome when they arrived on the campus of Black Hills State University from many of the school's athletes.

While all the Olympians leave with new friends, memories, and smiles. For those who volunteer with the event... their feelings are harder to describe.

Jim Smit says" You can't put a price to it, its just so gratifying to see the athletes with their smiles, see the appreciation from the families. Been doing it for 29 years now and something I will probably never stop."

This is the 28th year of the torch run, which began Monday in Sioux Falls before making its way to the Northern Hills.