Special Olympics Rhode Island East Providence
On the weekend of May 31st thru June 2nd, the Special Olympics team from East Providence competed in the Special Olympics of Rhode Island’s 2019 State Summer Games, held on the campus of URI. Over 2,000 Athletes from all over the state (including 23 from East Providence) gather together for a weekend of competition including Aquatics, Bowling, Bicycling, Power lifting, Soccer, and Track & Field.
The weather for the weekend, which is always important, worked out. We just had a little rain during Saturday afternoon, but all of the outdoor competitions went on without any issues.
Opening ceremonies started this year with all of the teams marched into Keaney Gymnasium and are cheered on by their friends and family. Then they have the lighting of the Olympic Torch. This is always an inspirational moment.
Saturday was the second day of competition and there was also some additional outside activities provided by Special Olympics of Rhode Island. They had music, Zumba lessons, Yoga lessons, craft making activities, massage booths, and even a Llama petting Zoo. Then later that evening they have Closing ceremonies which was highlighted by the parade of over 550 motorcycles and an outdoor dance party. The theme of this year’s closing ceremonies was NEON. So all of the athletes (as well as coaches and chaperones) were adorned with neon clothing and glow lights of all colors and styles. The motorcycle riders even joined the athletes as they took pictures, listened to the music, and even danced. Then the evening was topped off by a Lazer light show display.
It is so enjoyable to see the athletes dance and celebrate with the same athletes that they competed so hard against during the day’s competition. The amount of sportsmanship, effort, and courage that is on display during the weekend is truly inspirational. Seeing the look on the athlete’s faces, as family and friends cheer them on, is one you will not soon forget.
Below are the results of the athletes from the Special Olympics of East Providence team at the 2019 State Summer Games.
Matthew Allienello: Shot Put – 4th plase
Jessica Bullock: 50 Meter – Silver, 100 Meter – Silver
Michael Bullock: 100 Meter – Gold, 200 Meter - Gold
Katie Carcieri: 50 Meter – Gold, Softball Throw – Bronze Geoffrey Carpenter: 50Meter – Silver, 100 Meter – Silver Michael Conheeny: 50 Meter – 4th Place, Softball Throw – Gold
Luis Agasto Cortijo: 50 Meter - Bronze , 100 Meter - Silver
Elizabeth Davenport: Softball Throw – Silver, Turbo-Jav – 5th Place
Kevin Dexter: 100 Meter – Gold, 200 Meter – Silver
Emmet Estrada: 100 Meter – 5th Place, 200 Meter – 4th Place Peter (PJ) Kochan: 50 Meter – 4th Place, Softball Throw – Silver
Donna Lang: Softball Throw – Bronze, Turbo-Jav -Bronze
Brett Nadrowski: Softball Throw – Bronze, Turbo-Jav – Gold
Ben Nascimento: 50 Meter - Bronze, Softball Throw - Gold
Michael Neves: 50 Meter – Bronze, Turbojav – 4th place Logan O’Rourke: 50 Meter – Gold, Softball Throw – Gold
Ben Patch: 50 Meter – Silver, 100 Meter – Gold
Toneka Rocha: 50 Meter – Gold, 100 Meter – Silver
William Roche: 50 Meter – Gold, Softball Throw - Gold
Denzel Sivels: 50 Meter – Bronze, Softball Throw – Gold
Jonathan Solis: 50 Meter – Silver, Softball Throw – Bronze
Anitra Valles: 50 Meter – Silver, Softball Throw – 5th Place
Brian Vieira: 100 Meter – 4th Place, 200 Meter – 5th place
Head Coach: Jim Bullock
Assistant Coaches: Pat Bullock, Al Carpenter, Saul Estrada
Chaperones: Kathy Davenport and Tori DeCotis
Volunteers: Diane Carpenter, Casey Duckworth, Stacy and Stephen Nadrowski
Thanks to all of the chaperones, partners, volunteers, and parents who helped and supported our program during this 2019 past season. “Special Thanks” to the Patch family, for providing and setting up a 20 ft. x 30 ft. tent for the athletes at URI.
If anyone wants to know more about the Special Olympics program here in East Providence, they can contact me.
Jim Bullock Head Coach