South Dakota Special Olympics athletes compete in softball tournament

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At the Star of the West Sports Complex in Rapid City, a total of eight teams and approximately 130 athletes competed in Saturday’s softball tournament.

RAPID CITY, SD – After a 19-month absence, Special Olympics athletes were back on the softball field on Saturday.

At the Star of the West Sports Complex in Rapid City, a total of eight teams and approximately 130 athletes competed in Saturday’s softball tournament. The pétanque tournament was on Friday.

The classic fall tournament was originally scheduled to take place statewide, but due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, Special Olympics organizers have opted for regional events in Rapid City and Sioux Falls to reduce travel and large crowds.

Competition was a key part of Saturday’s event, but it also gave the athletes the chance to see familiar faces.

“A lot of times our extracurricular activities provide us with our social outings and our chance to meet friends, and the same goes for our athletes here,” said Cathy Grubb, Black Hills area manager for Special Olympics South Dakota. “Today it’s more social, as much social as it is competitive, they can see their friends and showcase their skills.”

The athletes also enjoyed the chance to receive their awards and be back on the field while encouraging sportsmanship through the games.

“I like being with my friends and it’s fun. If I don’t win first place it’s fun to have a ribbon and if you win it’s fun no matter what, congratulate the other team. It’s fun, ”said Meghan Hobbs, a Special Olympics athlete.

Grubb also thanked the Black Hills State University softball team and members of Ellsworth Air Force Base for their volunteer efforts.


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