Virtual Summer Games
This year, Special Olympics Rhode Island is proud to bring you the first-ever Virtual Summer Games on May 29th & 30th! Due to COVID-19, we had to significantly alter our State Summer Games experience and move it to an online format. The 2020 Virtual Summer Games will be unlike any other competitions that SORI has ever hosted. It will include opportunities for athletes to compete in a variety of events from the safety of their home. It’s also an incredible opportunity to virtually bring together not only our athletes, but family members, coaches, volunteers and sponsors.
Updated Virtual Games Flyer with NEW Schedule and Link to view Live Stream on Friday and Saturday (PLEASE NOTE NEW TIMES FOR THE COMPETITION HOUR AND OLYMPIC VILLAGE)
(Live streaming will only be available for the hours indicated on the schedule )
The Virtual Summer Games Schedule:
Friday, May 29th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm – Opening Ceremony will include pieces that you would traditionally see during an SORI Opening Ceremony, such as the Parade of Athletes, Guest Speakers, entertainment, Torch Run and much more!
NEW TIMES FOR SATURDAY’S EVENTS:
Saturday, May 30th from 11:00am – 12:00pm – Sports Competition/Awards
Saturday, May 30th from 12:00pm – 2:00pm – Olympic Village will include health tips from our Healthy Athlete Clinicians, Yoga, Zumba, fun activities and much more!
Saturday, May 30th from 7:00pm – 8:30pm – Athlete Dance/Closing Ceremony
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE DANCE (Preregistration is required. When you register, you will provide your name and an email address. Once your registration is confirm , you will received an email with the Zoom code and password to log into the dance on May 30th).
Spirit Week: We are going to have a Spirit Week leading up to the Virtual State Summer Games beginning on Sunday, May 24th and ending on Sunday, May 31st! Enjoy each day with different themes and be sure to post your pictures on your Facebook and/or Instagram page for each day. When you share your photos, use the hashtag: #SORISpiritWeek, so we can follow your posts on social media. If you would like to share your pictures with us for a “Virtual Games Spirit Week” album on the SORI Facebook page, please email them to Mary-Ellen at email@example.com
Spirit Week Themes:
- May 24th: School Spirit Sunday
- May 25th: Mixed-up Monday
- May 26th: Disney Tuesday
- May 27th: Pajama Party Wednesday
- May 28th: Throwback Thursday
- May 29th: Team Spirit Friday
- May 30th: Sports Night Saturday
- May 31st: Front Line Workers Appreciation Day Sunday
Fun Activities for everyone: We want out athletes to even enjoy their down time during our Virtual State Summer Games weekend. Two Activity Books have been created that include some really fun things that you can do on your own or together with your family. From coloring pages, to Special Olympics trivia, word searches, healthy recipes, puzzles and sports activities, there is something for everyone.
Thank you to Mary-Ellen Powers, SORI Administrative Assistant/Athlete; Chris Lussier, Athlete Representative – State Games Management Committee and members of the SORI Athlete Leadership Committee who contributed ideas to create the Activity Books.
Compete from Home: these virtual competition opportunities are a safe way for athletes to keep the spirit of Special Olympics Rhode Island alive by competing against each other from the safety of there home. This is how it will work: Choose your sports/events(Athletics, Basketball, Soccer), Practice your events and Submit your results. You are encourage to submit a video of yourself practicing your event and send it to Louise Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 20th.
Please note: In order to follow social distancing and stay-at-home orders, you should practice and compete in these activities safely at home.
Practice Week – May 4th thru 10th
Submit Scores Online – May 11 thru May 22nd athletes participating in the Virtual Summer Games Competition Opportunities must submit their ONLINE registration form by Friday, May 22nd using the specific link for each sport (Athletics, Basketball, Soccer) listed below.
Choose as many activities that you are able to do. Equipment needed: ball (any kind); stop watch or something to keep time; 3 cones or something to use as markers (ex. rocks, toilet paper rolls, etc.); measuring tape and soccer goal (optional). If you don’t have a ball you can use a balloon.
Registration Closed – deadline to submit scores was Friday, May 22nd.
Choose as many activities that you are able to do. Equipment needed: ball (any kind); basketball hoop (any height); stop watch or time keeping device and 3 cones or something to use as markers (ex., rocks, toilet paper rolls, etc.) If you don’t have a basketball hoop you can use something in your yard to shoot over such as a pool noodle or branch.
Registration Closed – Deadline to submit scores was Friday, May 22nd.
ATHLETICS (TRACK & FIELD)
Choose as many activities that you are able to do. Equipment: stop watch or time keeping device; cones or something to use as markers (ex.: rocks, toilet paper rolls, etc.); measuring tape and tennis ball (or any type of small ball).
Registration Closed – Deadline to submit your scores was Friday, May 22nd.