COVID-19 Updates

Special Olympics Rhode Island has been strongly advised by Special Olympics, Inc., to cancel all events scheduled through August 1, 2020. 

(NEW MESSAGE – June 25, 2020)The Special Olympics Rhode Island Office will remain closed until July 6, 2020 and then reopen for business by appointments only. 

Based on the developments regarding COVID 19 and following the guidance and recommendations from the State of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Department of Health, Special Olympics Inc. and the CDC, we have made the decision to continue to suspend all Special Olympics Rhode Island in-person practices, competitions and other events through August 1, 2020. We will closely monitor, evaluate and discuss new and/or updated information on daily basis and continually re-assess what future events will look like.

Although the stay-at-home order has been relaxed in Rhode Island, social distancing guidelines are still in place. Nothing is more important than the health of our athletes, coaches, volunteers, family members and we’re not willing to take any risks when it comes to the safety of our community. We’re actively working to develop a return-to-play protocol so we can return safely in the future and more guidance will be shared in the coming weeks.

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. 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 also welcome any suggestions you may have on offering other opportunities using virtual resources.

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 remains 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