NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — In a little more than a month, the grand ballroom at Warwick’s Crowne Plaza will be filled with hundreds of students dancing the night away.
And if a pair of North Smithfield High School seniors get their way — the event will be free of charge for everyone who attends.
The 2020 Unity Ball will be held on Friday, March 20, and serve as a prom for teenagers with special needs who may not feel comfortable at a traditional dance. Those who participate in Unified Sports programs around Rhode Island, which integrate student-athletes with and without special needs, are invited to attend along with their coaches.
For their senior project, Josh Carufel and Hope Trowbridge not only organized the event, but they’re also working raise the $8,000 needed to make it happen without costing attendees a dime.
In the above video, meet the two students behind the project as well as two unified athletes who already have their tickets for the Unity Ball.