Salve Regina students host East Bay Area Special Olympics for 36th year

Salve Regina student volunteers will host the Rhode Island East Bay Area Special Olympics on Aquidneck Island for the 36th consecutive year. This year’s games kick off at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 23 with opening ceremonies at Gaudet Middle School in Middletown.

As many as 250 athletes representing teams from high schools and communities across Rhode Island will join with more than 200 Salve Regina student volunteers in the event. Athletes will compete in several sports ranging from track to softball.

Among the student volunteers are Salve Regina student athletes, members of SRU Dance (who will make a special appearance) and several other student clubs who are donating their time and efforts to the Olympic Town activities.

“This experience has been one of the most memorable opportunities I have had at Salve,” said Natalia Nardi ’17, president/director of the University’s Special Olympics committee. “It is such a tremendous feeling seeing these athletes and their families filled with so much joy, passion and determination. I am so grateful for this opportunity as president and director to assist in creating and planning this day and work with such amazing individuals. I couldn’t be more excited to see what this year’s games have in store.”

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