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In The Moment ... May 15, 2019 Show 576 Hour 2

This weekend over 600 athletes will meet on the campus of the University of South Dakota. Tomorrow 5/16/19 is the opening ceremonies for the 51st Special Olympics of South Dakota State Summer Games. Darryl Nordquist is president of South Dakota Special Olympics, he takes a break from setting up today to talk about this event.

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In The Moment ... May 10, 2017 Show 090 Hour 1

South Dakota fills with the greens and yellows and blossoming pinks of Spring. Erik Helland joins us today to answer your questions. He's owner and president of Landscape Garden Centers in Sioux Falls.

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In The Moment... February 15, 2017 Show 031 Hour 1

We laugh our way through February with the Sno Jam Comedy Festival. We’re joined by Nathan Hultz and Britton Hacke to talk about comedy, courage, and proceeds benefiting Special Olympics.

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SD Special Olympics to Build New Training Facility

Apr 16, 2014

Special Olympic athletes in South Dakota don’t currently have a specific training center, but must compete for gym time with other organizations in Sioux Falls. That will change soon as the South Dakota Special Olympics kicks off a nearly $2 million fundraising campaign to build the Unify Center. President Darryl Nordquist says the 16,000 square foot facility is the first of its kind. He says they plan to build the facility on land near the I-90-Cliff Avenue corridor that was donated with the goal to benefit disabled people.

Special Olympics Hosts New Fundraiser

Oct 24, 2013

Special Olympics of the Black Hills is hosting a new type of fundraiser in its effort to continue events for local athletes.

The organization is hosting a tailgate party on Friday night featuring the local band DD and the Pharaohs, plus a silent action, and food.

Jack Lynass is President of Special Olympics in Rapid City.  He says it’s important for charities to find new and creative ways to fundraise.   

He says the money raised in this event supports 125 high school age athletes who now take part in the program.

A study on performance anxiety in Special Olympic athletes is showing some surprising results.  Ten psychology students at Black Hills State University in Spearfish traveled to South Korea for the Special Olympics World Winter Games in January to gather data for the study.
 

Current research suggests that individuals with intellectual disabilities experience the same amount of anxiety symptoms - sweaty palms and a churning stomach - before and during an athletic event as do athletes who do not have a disability.