Special Olympics South Dakota Summer Games begin

Six hundred Special Olympics athletes from across the Mount Rushmore State took over the gymnasium at Black Hills State University Thursday night for the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics Summer Games.
1968 was the first year South Dakota had Special Olympics with just 125 athletes and that number has grown significantly over the years.
Events range from track, to powerlifting, soccer and volleyball and more.
Darryl Nordquist says, "We have 26 different events throughout the year, throughout the state, our state summer games is one of the biggest. BHSU and the City of Spearfish has been tremendous in welcoming us, in supporting our events.
Our athletes love to come together and see the other athletes from across the state, and there's nothing better than springtime to come and meet with your friends and just have a good time."
Events kick off Friday at 8 a.m. and run through Saturday.