COVID-19 Updates

(NEW MESSAGE – January 4, 2021)

The Special Olympics Rhode Island office will be open Monday to Friday by appointment only.  In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18th, the office will be closed.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all get through this together and strive to make the best possible decisions for everyone in our Special Olympics RI community.

It’s our goal to continue to serve you and our entire community through this difficult time, following executive orders from the Governor. As we strive to make the best possible decisions for everyone in our community, we hope to be back to normal as soon as possible.

We want you to remind everyone that we’re here for you! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need additional information. Even though the SORI office will be closed, we are all still hard at work in our home offices and reachable via email and phone. Please feel to contact me on my cell phone at (401) 323-9277 or via email at; Gerri Walter at (401) 527-1086 or via emailat, or Chris Hopkins at (401) 829-7938 or via email at

We thank you for your understanding, your resiliency and for the inspiring ways all of you are keeping yourselves safe and connected during these difficult times. Please know that we are always here for you and that together we will get through this.

Thank You,
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.

Special Olympics resources to help during the COVID-19 crisis.

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

Virtual Athlete Activities available on Special Olympics Inc., website:

School of Strength

Fit 5 Resources

Staying Fit at Home

Stay Fit at Home Bingo

Fun Activities