COVID-19 Updates

Special Olympics Rhode Island has been strongly advised by Special Olympics, Inc., to cancel all events scheduled through May 31, 2020. 

NEW 5/6: Email message sent to Athletes, Families, Head Coaches and Volunteers

Dear Friends of Special Olympics RI,

Hope this letter finds you and your family well, and making the best of theseextraordinary times we are all living in.

It will come as no surprise that with much sadness, Special Olympics Rhode Island was forced to cancel our State Summer Games that are annually held at URI each spring. We will miss the competition, the excited faces, the high-fives and the hugs that are part of State Summer Games. We will all look forward to the day we can safely be together asthe Special Olympics Rhode Island family.

However, cancelling the 2020 State Summer Games ignited a new venture that I warmly invite you to take part in, the 2020 Virtual State Summer Games. The spirit of Special Olympics cannot be diminished, and is going strong as we are planning ways for athletes, families, volunteers, torch runners and motorcyclists virtually will come together May 29 & 30th from the safety of your own homes.

The details and schedule of the Virtual State Summer Games are still being developed, but they will include:

  • Opening Ceremonies with participation from local celebrities, teams, entertainment, Torch Run,
  • Competition in Soccer, Basketball and Track & Field (preregistration required)
  • Messages of encouragement from volunteers and thanks to our generous sponsors
  • Virtual Olympic Village with healthy athlete videos and fun activities
  • Closing Ceremonies featuring the Athlete Dance (preregistration required)

Please save the dates of May 29th and 30th to safely participate with Special Olympics Rhode Island for our first Virtual State Summer Games. Check out Special Olympics Rhode Island’s website for more information and ways you can be involved. And thanks for your support of the great athletes of Special Olympics Rhode Island!

In the meantime, should you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at (401) 323-9277 or via email; Gerri Walter at (401) 527-1086 or vial email at or Chris Hopkins at (401) 829-7938 or via email at

Stay well,
Dennis DeJesus
CEO, Special Olympics Rhode Island



Special Olympics has prepared a list of frequently asked questions that you can reference on the topic of virus prevention and control.

Coronavirus Fact Sheet

Refer to this page of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for steps to prevent illness.

Rhode Island Department of Health COVID-19 Info Line (401) 222-8022 from 8:30am – 4:30pm. After Business Hours Dial  211 or email

Rhode Island Department of Health website