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Athlete Spotlight

Meet Emily MacLaughlin

Emily MacLaughlin

What team do you participate on?
I have been a team member of the Pawtucket Pacers for over 12 years.

What sports do you compete in?
I compete in bowling and cornhole. I enjoy the opportunity to compete with my fellow athletes. I like bowling the best because every time I play, I get better at it.

Where did you go to school?
I attended West Warwick High School.

Do you have a job? If so, tell us about it.
I have been working as a bus monitor for West Warwick for 10 years. I take pride in the responsibility of keeping the kids safe on the bus.

Why did you choose to participate in the Athlete Leadership University (ALU)?
I wanted to be more involved with Special Olympics. I especially wanted to be a role model for my teammates by attending Special Olympics events.

What do you hope to accomplish in your involvement with this program?
I want to be a voice for athletes that don’t have one and a role model for all athletes. I hope that the confidence I’ve gained through the ALU program and the extra compassion I now have makes me successful in achieving these goals.

What do you enjoy doing for fun?
I enjoy painting, bowling and going out to eat with my friends. I also like to play games like Rummikub and Skip-Bo.

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!