Special Olympics Summer Games kick off at URI

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The 48th Special Olympics Rhode Island Summer Games got underway Friday night.

More than 1,500 athletes from around the state will compete this weekend in a variety of athletic events, including aquatics, power-lifting, cycling, bowling, and unified soccer.

The goal of the Special Olympics is to give those with intellectual or developmental disabilities fitness and courage. The athletes represent more than 40 programs across the state that participate in SORI.

Opening Ceremonies were held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Meade Stadium and were hosted by Eyewitness News Anchor Mike Montecalvo. The ceremonies included the parade of athletes, the final leg of the Torch Run, and the lighting of the Special Olympics Cauldron with the Flame of Hope.

The event runs through Sunday and also includes a number of fun family events in the Olympic Village.WPRI 12 and Fox Providence are proud sponsors of the event. 

Mike spoke with one athlete, Michael Bullock, who has already won dozens of gold medals. See the interview in the video below.

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