Over the last week or so, the “Be The Light” campaign has taken hold in the Midwest and in South Dakota. It is a way to salute the graduating seniors, who are unable to finish their senior sporting seasons due to COVID-19. Different states have designated specific evenings to turn on their lights at various stadiums/fields at 8:20pm for 20 minutes to honor the seniors and spring sports. The time was chosen because 8:20 is 20:20 in military time. Scoreboards were also displayed with 20:20 on the clock and No. 20 was for both home and visitor scores.
Ryan Deal from the Mitchell Daily Republic reports there is another state-wide movement planned by the South Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. The “Let It Shine South Dakota” campaign is set for May 1 and it encourages high school and college stadiums to shine their lights between 9:30 and 10 p.m.. South Dakotans are encouraged to shine everything from flashlights, firepits, yard lights and Christmas lights at their homes for 30 minutes.