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Athlete Spotlight

Meet Alex Adams

Alex Adams

What team do you participate on?
I have participated on the Cranston Cyclones since April 2024. Prior to that, I was a member of the Newport County YMCA Sharks for 8 years.

What sports do you compete in?
I compete in Cheerleading, Track and Field, and Softball. My favorite sport is cheerleading. I love every aspect of cheerleading!

Where did you go to school?
I was home schooled mostly by my mom, with my dad helping out with some of my projects. I had the opportunity to learn at my own pace and sometimes got to study things I really enjoyed. In my senior year I studied musicals and then went to see them at the Providence Performing Arts Center. I graduated in 2019.

Do you have a job?
I don’t currently have a job, but in the future, I would like to work at either Ulta Beauty or Sephora, teach Zumba classes, and launch my own jewelry business.

Why did you choose to participate in the Athlete Leadership University (ALU)?
I chose to participate in ALU to bring my ideas to my team and Special Olympics Rhode Island (SORI). One of my ideas is to have all SORI teams receive education about the LGBTQ+ community in a way they can understand, and to extend this knowledge to SORI coaches and staff members. In the future it would be wonderful to not only have male and female divisions but also divisions for athletes without a gender and those with more than one gender.

What do you hope to accomplish as a result of your involvement with this program?
I hope to become the best leader I can be by bettering myself as a person, learning techniques to improve my listening skills, and by having an open mind to everyone’s perspectives.

What do you enjoy doing for fun?
I enjoy listening to music, crafting, playing sports, and playing with my crested gecko named Maui.

Is there anything else about yourself that you would like to share?
I am a certified Zumba Instructor. I became certified in October of 2023.

The Athlete Spotlight Series

The Athlete Spotlight series shines a light on remarkable individuals from Special Olympics Rhode Island who are either currently enrolled in or have successfully completed our Athlete Leadership University program. These inspiring athletes undergo comprehensive leadership training, acquiring both knowledge and skills. Through hands-on experiences in roles of responsibility, they collaborate with leaders who do not have intellectual or developmental disabilities, contributing to the development of inclusive environments. Join us in celebrating these dedicated individuals and their impactful journey within our community!