Proud to be writing my first blog for our new website! 2017 promises to be an amazing year for the athletes of Special Olympics Rhode Island as we look to implement our new Strategic Plan.  Points of emphasis are the growth and expansion of our Healthy Athletes Program and our Young Athletes Program for those ages 2 – 7.  We are placing a priority on getting our athletes physically fit, off the couch and enjoying nutritious foods.  To that end, we welcome Stephanie Beaudette to our staff who will be supervising this effort along with the Young Athletes Program and the Unified Champion Schools Program.

I would also like to welcome Tom Maggiacomo as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Tom has already assumed the chairmanship and looks to support our staff as we begin the challenges of the new year.  Special thanks to all of our board members for their commitment to the mission and vision of Special Olympics Rhode Island!

So as we look to 2017 and beyond, we continue to be inspired by our athletes, on and off the athletic fields, and look for more ways to expand their role in our organization. To that end, we are proud to announce the Athlete Leadership Program where 20 athletes have come together to offer their input on Special Olympics Rhode Island programming.  They have done a great job in assisting our staff and representing their fellow athletes.

Happy New Year and looking forward to another great year!