Rhode Island Special Olympics brings Athletes from across the State

The Special Olympics in Rhode Island kickstarted its weekend-long event Friday.

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) -The Special Olympics in Rhode Island kickstarted Friday afternoon in the capital city with the running of the torch, before moving to the University of Rhode Island campus for the games.

WPRI Anchor Mike Montecalvo hosted the opening ceremony of the games this year in North Kingstown.

This weekend-long event will showcase nearly 1,500 athletes, 500 coaches, 2,500 volunteers, and 4,000 family members as spectators.

Dennis DeJesus, CEO of Special Olympics RI, says it’s an event that is marked in everybody’s calendars far in advance.

“You know, we’ve been talking about this day for six months,” says DeJesus.”During all those snow storms throughout the winter we were talking about [the] Summer Games and how special it was going to be to welcome our athletes. And our athletes look forward to this weekend more than any other.”

Eyewitness News and Fox Providence are proud media sponsors of the summer Special Olympic Games.

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