Rhode Island

Special Olympics is a global organization that serves athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year. Since the establishment of Special Olympics in 1968, the number of people with and without intellectual disabilities who are involved with the organization has been growing, but the unmet need to reach more people with intellectual disabilities is staggering.
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It’s at the local level--right here--where interested volunteers meet the athletes. That’s where the perceptions start to change and where the miracle of transformation takes place. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Those activities give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.

Rhode Island Contact Info

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370 George Washington Highway
Smithfield, RI 02917

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+1 (401) 349-4900

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  • oct.
    21
    Fall Festival
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    sá. oct. 21, 2017
    09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
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    Smithfield
    RI
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    Fall Festival

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    sá. oct. 21, 2017
    09:30 AM - 03:00 PM

    200 athletes will be participating in the Fall Festival on Saturday, October 21st at Bryant University. Sports include Flag Football, Bocce and Tennis. Athletes will receive medals after their final competitions. Opening Ceremonies will be at 9:30am.


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    Bryant University
    1150 Douglas Pike
    Smithfield, RI
    USA
  • oct.
    21
    Benefest 2017 "Under The Stars"
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    sá. oct. 21, 2017
    06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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    Newport
    RI
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    Benefest 2017 "Under The Stars"

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    sá. oct. 21, 2017
    06:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Our annual gala fundraiser 'Benefest' will be held at Gurney's on Goat Island in Newport on Saturday, October 21st. This is a fun evening that includes dinner, dancing to a live band, live and silent auctions and the chance to mingle with friends, supporters and many of our Special Olympics Rhode Island athletes....the true 'Stars' of the evening!


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    Gurney's
    1 Goat Island
    Newport, RI
    USA
  • oct.
    28
    Tip A Cop
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    sá. oct. 28, 2017
    11:00 AM - 08:00 PM
    location
    Warwick
    RI
    USA

    Tip A Cop

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    sá. oct. 28, 2017
    11:00 AM - 08:00 PM

    Join us on Saturday, October 28th at Red Robin in Warwick for 'Tip A Cop' Fundraiser! Law Enforcement officers will trade in their handcuffs to spend the day at Red Robin restaurants serving you! 100 % of tips you donate to the officers will benefit Special Olympics. Shifts are 11am - 3pm & 4-8pm.


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    Red Robin
    400 Bald Hill Road
    Warwick, RI
    USA
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  • nov. 18 - nov. 19
    Traditional Duckpin Tournament
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    sá. nov. 18 - do. nov. 19, 2017
     
    location
    Johnston
    RI
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    Traditional Duckpin Tournament

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    sá. nov. 18 - do. nov. 19, 2017
     

    The Traditional Duckpin Bowling Tournament will be held on Saturday, November 18th from 2:30-4:30pm and Sunday November 19th from 12-2pm. 250 athletes will be participating in this sport in their respected divisions. Medals will be awarded accordingly.


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    Town Hall Lanes
    1463 Atwood Avenue
    Johnston, RI
    USA
  • nov.
    18
    Rock n Bowl
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    sá. nov. 18, 2017
    01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
    location
    Cranston
    RI
    USA

    Rock n Bowl

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    sá. nov. 18, 2017
    01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Rock n Bowl is a fun and interactive fundraiser. It is an event that is open to all Police & Fire departments, local businesses, SORI athletes, families & volunteers! It will be held at Lang's Bowlarama in Cranston on Saturday, November 18th with registration at 12:15pm and 1pm start. This event is sponsored by the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Rhode Island.


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    Lang's Bowlarama
    225 Niantic Avenue
    Cranston, RI
    USA
  • dic.
    02
    Unified Basketball Tournament
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    sá. dic. 02, 2017
    09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    location
    Providence
    RI
    USA

    Unified Basketball Tournament

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    sá. dic. 02, 2017
    09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    The Unified Basketball Tournament will be held on Saturday, December 2nd at Providence College. 275 athletes and unified partners from 23 teams will finish their league-play season with two games and medal ceremony immediately following.


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    Providence College
    1 Cunningham Square
    Providence, RI
    USA
  • dic. 02 - dic. 10
    Online Holiday Auction
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    sá. dic. 2 - do. dic. 10, 2017
     
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    Smithfield
    RI
    USA

    Online Holiday Auction

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    sá. dic. 2 - do. dic. 10, 2017
     

    The annual online Holiday Auction to benefit Special Olympics Rhode Island will begin December 3rd at 9am and end December 10th at 10pm. A Preview show will air on OSN (Ocean State Network) Channel 5 & 1005 on the Cox lineup on December 2nd at 4pm & 8pm and December 9th at 7:30am & 8pm. There are many great things to bid on such as 'Best of' packages which include gift certificates for restaurants and activities, jewelry, stuff for the sports lover, tickets to shows and getaways! Official Media Sponsors are: OSN, WJAR Channel 10, Peg RI TV, 92 Pro Fm, Hot 106, WPRO 630, Lite Rock 105 & AM 790. If anyone is interested in donating an item for the auction, please contact Gerri Walter, Director of Marketing & Communications for Special Olympics Rhode Island : (401) 349-4900 or email gerri@specialolympicsri.org


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    Venue(s)
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    Special Olympics Rhode Island
    370 George Washington Highway
    Smithfield, RI
    USA
  • mar. 14 - mar. 21
    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games
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    ju. mar. 14 - ju. mar. 21, 2019
     
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    Zayed Sports City
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates

    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

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    ju. mar. 14 - ju. mar. 21, 2019
     

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will be the host of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The Games will be held 14 to 21 March in 2019. The Games will span seven days of competition. About 7,000 athletes from more than 170 countries are invited to attend. The Games will feature competition in 24 sports.


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    Opening Ceremony

    Zayed Sports City Stadium
    Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Zayed Sports City Stadium, is an iconic multi-purpose stadium located in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is the largest stadium in the UAE with more than 43,000 seats.

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