Dakota News Now is reporting that the 2020 State Summer Games have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The safety of the athletes and volunteers is the number one priority of the Board of Directors of the Special Olympics South Dakota.

Darryl Nordquist, President, and CEO of Special Olympics South Dakota told Dakota News Now, "Our State Summer Games is always a really exceptional event for everyone, and we are devastated that we can’t have it this year.  While we are sad to have to cancel, we are looking forward to holding the 2021 State Summer Games in Vermillion next Spring.”

The Special Olympics South Dakota Summer Games returned to Vermillion in 2019 for the first time in 50 years.  Going forward, the State Summer Games would be held in Vermillion for two years, then move to Spearfish for the following two years and then continue to alternate between the two locations.  Vermillion will still host the event in 2021.

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