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Athlete Spotlight

Meet Keith Wilcox

Keith Wilcox

What team do you participate on?
I participate on the Lincoln North Stars team.

What sports do you compete in?
I compete in powerlifting, golf, track, and basketball. Right now, I enjoy powerlifting the most. I started powerlifting last year and now I help with coaching. It feels good to start a new sport. It’s good to try new things.

Where did you go to school?
I attended Cranston High School East.

Do you have a job? If so, tell us about it.
I work part-time at Advocates in Action RI. I’m also the president of the Board of Representatives there, and I take a leadership class where we talk about different topics like government, voting, person-centered planning, Individual Support Plans, etc. I also worked at the Navy Base in Newport as a janitor for 15 years from 2008-2022. I worked there through my agency at the time, Access Point RI.

Why did you choose to participate in the Athlete Leadership University?
I wanted to get more knowledge and learn more about Special Olympics. That’s what you do to become a leader. I use some of the skills I’ve learned as a mentor in The Advocates in Action RI leadership classes.

What do you hope to accomplish in your involvement with this program?
I want to be more of a leader. Right now, I help coach basketball and powerlifting for my team. Being an assistant coach is a great way to teach people. You listen to what people have to say and you really support them whether they win or lose competitions. Knowing that they did their best is all you can ask for.

What do you enjoy doing for fun?
I bowl in a mixed bowling league. I also enjoy just going out in the community. Like going out to eat and going to see a movie.

Is there anything else about yourself that you would like to share?
I go on a lot of cruises with my family and some of our friends. I’ve been to places like Bermuda, the Bahamas, St. Martin, St. Thomas, Hawaii, the ABC Islands, and much more. I like cruising on Norwegian.

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!