As we say good bye (at long last) to a very long winter, the athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff at Special Olympics Rhode Island look forward to a very busy spring season. Three Area Games at Salve Regina University, Bishop Hendricken High School and Bryant University were very successful with close to 1,000 athletes competing.  All track and field athletes must compete at an Area Games for proper divisioning at our State Summer Games.  Thanks to all the volunteers who worked on the Area Games especially the students at Salve Regina University, Bishop Hendricken High School and Bryant University.

And now – preparations are underway for the 49th annual State Summer Games being held a the University of Rhode Island from June 2 – 4 with over 1,500 athletes competing in Track and Field, Unified Soccer, Swimming, Power Lifting, Cycling, MATP (Motor Activities Training Program) and Bowling.  It will be a weekend of athletic competition, social interaction and health screenings.  It is clearly the highlight on our 2017 sports calendar.  I urge all family and friends of Special Olympics Rhode Island to join us for a celebration of acceptance, respect and inclusion.