SPEARFISH, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The 49th annual Special Olympics State Summer Games are underway at Black Hills State University.
Day one of the two day event was Friday, with most of it taking place at the Young Center.
But due to the weather, soccer was moved inside and volleyball took place at Spearfish High School.
Some of the other events going on Friday are powerlifting, swimming, and race walking.
Besides playing in these events the athletes enjoying meeting new people.
Rapid City Storm Special Olympic athlete, Ben FreyTag, says, "Having fun with my friends, hanging out!"
Vice Preside of Sports Competition for Special Olympics South Dakota, Melanie Frosch, exclaims, “They are having a good time, I know that it's a great social activity for them besides the competition it's a great social activity for them to meet their friends from across the state. Some of them don't get the opportunity to see their friends from across the state very often.
Each year this event has grown and this year there is a record 663 athletes that registered for the event.
Those athletes belonged to one of about 30 teams represented from around the state.
Frosch says these athletes are a joy to be around.
“You feel like you're coming here to help them but in reality, what they do for you is so much more, the rewards they give you. So it's a win win situation,” says Frosch.
Competition resumes Saturday with the softball throw, tennis ball throw, and all the track and field events.