Milbank has landed the plum position as the host city for the 2023 South Dakota Special Olympics Northeast Spring Track & Field Events on April 21. The event is expected to bring over 200 athletes and their families into town from Aberdeen, Watertown, Webster, and from as far away as Pierre and Redfield.
Milbank held the all-day games for the first time last year at A. B. Campbell Stadium. Abby Trapp, a special education teacher and coach in the Milbank School District and Peggy Greiner, the special services secretary and coach, are returning this year as the coordinators. Milbank’s 15 team members in 2022 included school-age and adult athletes.
Greiner said, “Special Olympics is a very important and life-changing event for the participants. when they see and hear others cheering them on, it encourages them and gives them confidence. See them smile!’
An estimated 80 volunteers are needed the day of the event. Would you like to help by measuring, retrieving shot put balls, or running a timer or ribbon writer? Want to be a recorder or a starter? Can you help serve food, guide athletes where they need to go, or be a cheerleader? Your assistance will be appreciated.
Contact the coaches at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call the school’s central office at 605.432.5579 to get started. An organizational meeting for volunteers will be held in April before the event.