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SRAC Business Meeting is a Success

The International Sports Rules Advisory Committee conducted its business meeting November 18-20 at Special Olympics Massachusetts – The Yawkey Sports Training Center in Marlborough.

Ms. Venisha Bowler (left) presents Ms. Frances Kavanagh (right) with a plaque for outstanding leadership as a member and chairperson. 

The purpose of the Sports Rules Advisory Committee (SRAC) is to conduct an on-going review of the Sports Rules and make recommendations to SOI concerning amendments to the Sports Rules proposed by the Sport Resource Teams (SRT’s) and/or by Accredited Programs. Sports Rules Advisory Committee members must:

  • Review and vote on rule change proposals, including Article I of the Sports Rules, that have been reviewed by Sport Resource Teams 
  • Serve as a liaison between SOI-HQ, Regional offices and Programs to continually review sport rules for clarity and functionality in the field 
  • Call for input from the field for proposed rule changes in each cycle and comment on the most effective formats and delivery systems for dissemination of Special Olympics Sports Rules.

The overall appointment to the Sports Rules Advisory Committee will be on a 4-year cycle with members having to be re-appointed each 4 years. We are currently looking for additional representation from the Europe Eurasia, Africa and East Asia regions. Individuals are nominated by their regional sport offices.

By January 31, 2011, the revised rules (including rule change summary) will be posted at

On behalf of SOI, Ms. Venisha Bowler presented Ms. Frances Kavanagh with a plaque for outstanding leadership as a member and chairperson. Ms. Kavanagh has completed her tenure as a member (since 2001) and chair 2008- 2010. She has participated in many high level roles within Special Olympics over the years including but not limited to the successful Director of Sports for the 2003 World Summer Games and a member of the World Games Jury of Appeals in Shanghai 2007. Ms. Kavanagh’s professional resume remains impeccable.

Dan Epstein (SO Hawaii) has been appointed as Chair of the SRAC 2011 – 2013. He will be accompanied by newly elected Vice Chair Mark Hanken (SO Oregon). The next SRAC meeting will take place in 2012. There are no scheduled meetings for the year 2011. All rule change proposals will be discussed for adoption during the 2012 meeting.