The Elite 15 program was implemented in 1997 at a time when girls and women’s sports were not equal and continues today to help raise awareness of girls’ participation in athletics and to promote gender equity. The program provides opportunity “statewide” to honor female athletes for their accomplishments recognizing achievements in athletic ability, leadership, scholarship, and community involvement.
The Elite 15 Banquet is the culminating event giving South Dakota an opportunity to let young women be honored and recognized as well as honoring those adults who have worked tirelessly to promote, support, and encourage younger female athletes. The program is administered under the guidance of a committee that strives to encourage participation and celebrate sports leaders.
** The Elite 15 program was discontinued following the 2011-12 school year. **