Special Olympics

Spread The Word Program Adds “Inclusion” Avenue

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Special Olympics have put on a program called, “Spread the word to end the word”. This program has focused it’s efforts on ending derogatory use of the “R” word as it pertains to people with disabilities. Today, they were at Susan B. Anthony Elementary School in Sioux Falls. Efforts with that continue, but they have added a…

Cop on a Rooftop, Raising Money For Special Olympics

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s something you don’t see everyday. Law enforcement in Sioux Falls spent their day hanging out on the rooftops of some Hy-Vee stores. They were not out scouting bad guys, instead they were looking for donations from shoppers. It’s the 2nd annual “Cop On A Rooftop” held by South Dakota Law Enforcement Torch Run. All the money…

Sioux Falls Unified Champion School Unites Students

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Schools across South Dakota are choosing to become more inclusive by becoming a Unified Champion School through the South Dakota Special Olympics. This means the school is choosing to promote social inclusion of those with and without disabilities through education and sports. Roosevelt High School is in its second year with the program. There are many different things…

Inaugural Plane Pull Held in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-People tested out their athletic abilities Saturday July 14th at the Maverick Air Center in Sioux Falls. They traded in the weights for something a bit heavier. Try a 70 thousand pound plane. “I was hoping the rest of the team was pulling so that we could get it moving,” said Participant Shawn Vanhove. It’s the first ever…

South Dakota Special Olympics Heads to USA Games in Seattle

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- South Dakota Special Olympics is celebrating their 50th anniversary and it’s been a busy year. This morning 51 athletes from all across the state boarded their flight to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games to represent for South Dakota. The games are held in Seattle, Washington where there will be around 3,500 competitors and 16 olympic style…

Memorial Services Scheduled for Fallen Law Enforcement

Memorial services are scheduled this week for South Dakotans who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The Attorney General is asking everyone to take a moment to reflect on the contributions that police officers make to our communities every day. According to a press release from the Attorney General’s office, the South Dakota Law Enforcement Memorial Service will…

20th Annual Sioux Falls Polar Plunge

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It was chilly out today, probably a good day to wear a jacket, but some people in Sioux Falls had a better idea. They say it was the perfect day to go for a swim. Today was the 20th annual Sioux Falls Polar Plunge. It’s a Law Enforcement Torch Run Fundraiser to help raise money for the 2,100…

Local Special Olympics Swimmer Trains Year Round, Prepping for USA Games

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The 2018 Winter Olympics have come and gone but in a few months there’s another set of Olympic games being held- the Special Olympics USA Games. 27-year-old John McHale has been swimming since he was 3 years old. These days, he trains 3 times a week year-round. Special Olympics offers a variety of sports and right now…

Sno Jam Comedy Festival Raises $2,000 For Special Olympics

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls got an extra round of laughs this weekend during the first ever Sno Jam Comedy Festival. The festival started on Thursday and went through Saturday with two shows each night. It was held at both Wacko’s Comedy Club and Fernson brewery in downtown Sioux Falls. Thirty comics from L.A. To New York were featured…