Spring Sports



8 week or more training programs are held at the local program level to prepare athletes to compete at the Area and State Summer Games. All traditional track events are offered ranging from distances of 25 meters to 3,000 meters and includes events for athletes using wheelchairs.  Relay events are also offered.



Swim time trials are held at Providence College and Newport County YMCA University in Spring for athletes competing in an 8 week training program with their local team.  Athletes must attend one of these time trails to be eligible for the State Summer Games.  Individual events are offered in all strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly).  Relay events are offered as well.  Walking and floatation events are offered for athletes of lower ability.



8 week training program held at a local training site until the State Summer Games.  Competition is both traditional and unified and is held on Saturday and Sunday of the State Summer Games. Events offered are 500M and 1K time trials for entry level cyclists, while 5K and 10K Road Races are offered for the more experienced cyclists.

Motor Activities Training Program

Motor Activities

The Motor Activities Training Program is designed for athletes with severe or profound intellectual disability who are unable to participate in Official Special Olympics Sports competitions due to skill and/or functional abilities.  Training Days are held at Rhode Island College and State Summer Games.



8 week training program held at the local program level.  Qualifier is held in April and the State Competition is held at the State Summer Games. Events offered include the bench press and deadlift for all ability levels.

Unified Soccer


8 week 5 a-side training program with league play held every Wednesday, starting in April at locations throughout the state.  State Competition is held at the State Summer Games. Teams are divisioned by ability levels for the competition at the State Summer Games.

Area Games

Three qualifiers are held each Spring for athletes to qualify to participate at the State Summer Games who are competing in Athletics.  Area Games are held at East Bay Area (Gaudet Middle School), Southern Area (Bishop Hendricken High School) and Northern Area (Bryant University).  All athletes must compete at one of the 3 Area Games to qualify for the State Summer Games.

State Summer Games

Held annually at the University of Rhode Island the weekend after Memorial Day.  Competition is held in the following sports: Athletics, Aquatics, Bowling, Cycling, Motor Activities Training Program, Powerlifting and Unified Soccer.  All athletes must attend a Qualifier and/or participate in league play to participate at the Summer Games.   Athletes must have up to date paperwork on file at the SORI and compete with a local training program.