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Athlete Spotlight

Meet Mary Irons

Mary Irons

What team do you participate on?
I participate with the Cranston Cyclones. My coach Stephanie Palladini and I worked together about 10 years ago at Shaw’s supermarket.

What sports do you compete in?
I compete in powerlifting, flag football, basketball, cycling and skiing. In the past, I have participated in track and field, and swimming.

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

Do you have a job? If so, tell us about it.
Yes, I have a job at Shaw’s supermarket at Chapel View in Cranston. I have been there for 26 years. My responsibilities: food handler, retrieve carriages, return unpurchased items to their proper shelf, train new workers on the specifics of the job.

Why did you choose to participate in the Athlete Leadership University?
I never took college courses so I wanted to experience it.

What do you hope to accomplish in your involvement with this program?
I hope to learn more about healthy living so I can educate other athletes.

What do you enjoy doing for fun?
I enjoy attending New England Patriots games and taking personal training sessions at a local gym with two of my friends. I also enjoy spending time with my two cousins. We like to shop, have breakfast, and walk together on the weekends. I am a big NFL fan and a wrestling fan. I also enjoy doing word search puzzles and adult coloring books after a hard day of work.

Is there anything else about yourself that you would like to share?
I am fun to be with. I make people laugh. They enjoy being with me. Also, I am very proud of my nieces and nephews.

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!