Changing Lives in Bismarck

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Sports and So Much More

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Changing Attitudes in North Dakota

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We are still seeking a new area director for the Bismarck area program.  If interested, contact [email protected]

NOTE:  Athletes and volunteers may NOT participate in any Special Olympics practice session until they have current paperwork.  For athletes, that current forms:

  1. Medical;
  2. Athlete Release;
  3. Participation Code of Conduct and Risk Assessment form; and 
  4. Covid-19 Waiver on file at the SOND program office.

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Our Fundraisers and Events

First Tuesday

Texas Roadhouse fundraiser first Tuesday of each month.  Show the flyer posted on Facebook to ensure SOND receives 10% of your food purchase.

Larks Practice Day

Postponed to August 6, 2021 at the ballpark from 11-1.  Pre-sign up was required and has closed.

Our Sports

Special Olympics: Our Mission

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the Bismarck-Mandan community.

With dozens of events a year – plus leadership, health and unified programs — our athletes find fulfillment on the playing field and in life in Burleigh and Morton counties of North Dakota.

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About Special Olympics North Dakota

  • Founded by Dr. Roger Kerns in 1972
  • The first ND State Summer Games were held in Fargo for close to 100 athletes.
  • That year, 15 athletes and 4 coaches from North Dakota represented Special Olympics North Dakota (SOND) at the International Games in Los Angeles.


Special Olympics Reach
  • 5.1 million athletes in 174 countries
  • 103,000 competitions
  • 1.3 million coaches and volunteers
  • 32 Olympic-type sports
  • Dynamic sport and corporate sponsorships

North Dakota

Special Olympics Reach
  • 1,500 athletes
  • More than 4,700 coaches and volunteers
  • 15 sports offered
  • More than 70 competitions each year

Special Olympics Philosophy

All individuals with intellectual disabilities deserve:
  • Appropriate instruction and encouragement
  • Consistent training toward maximizing their capabilities
  • Frequent competition and among those of equal abilities
  • Focus on what the athletes can do
  • Athletes benefit from participation in both individual and team sports
  • Consistent training is indispensable
  • Competition with those of equal abilities is the most appropriate method for Special Olympics athletes enjoying success

If these are provided, result = personal growth