Milbank will host the Northeast Area Special Olympics spring games for the first time this Friday, April 29. The track and field events will all take place at A.B. Campbell Stadium.
Admission is free for spectators and concessions will be available. Come out to cheer on Milbank’s 15 team members, who range from middle school to adults, and other area athletes.
Abbey Trapp, who is co-coordinating the event with Peggy Greiner says, “I have heard there will be over 200 athletes participating, but I haven’t seen the official list yet to know where they are from.” Athletes from nearby cities, such as Aberdeen, Watertown and Webster are expected along with athletes from as far away as Pierre and Redfield.
Greiner says, “This event will happen unless there is a downpour or snow. It will not be rescheduled. Dress warm!” Registration begins at 8 a.m. The opening ceremony starts at 8:30 a.m., and the games begin at 9 a.m. Events will be on a rolling schedule.
If you have signed up to be a volunteer, registration also begins at 8 a.m.(Remember your photo ID.) Greiner says, “If you are interested in volunteering and have not signed up yet, just show up on Friday, with your photo ID and we will be happy to find a fun event for you to help out in. We have both morning and afternoon events.”
Valley Queen hosted a party on Wednesday, April 27, at the high school to kick off the event on Friday. Athletes, parents, teachers, school administrators attended the celebration. Lance Johnson, and Kerry Fish from Valley Queen spoke to the group. Athletes received a backpack filled with items to use during the Olympic games and uniforms courtesy of Valley Queen and Twin Valley Tire.