SPECIAL OLYMPICS RHODE ISLAND INC

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aka SORI   |   Smithfield, RI   |  www.specialolympicsri.org

Mission

The mission of Special Olympics Rhode Island is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Ruling year info

1979

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Dennis DeJesus

Main address

370 George Washington Hwy

Smithfield, RI 02917 USA

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EIN

05-0377867

NTEE code info

Special Olympics (N72)

Down's Syndrome (G25)

Autism (G84)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As evident throughout history, people in societies around the globe hold many misperceptions and negative attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities. Negative attitudes have been shown to be barriers to inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in the community. Several factors, including prior experience with people with intellectual disabilities and educational level, influence attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities. Research has shown that these attitudes can be changed through increased quality, positive interactions which challenge existing stereotypes. This is at the crux of the Special Olympics Movement and is a strategic priority for the organization. Special Olympics utilizes sport to fight the stigma faced by people with intellectual disabilities, demonstrate their abilities, and change attitudes.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Unified Sports

Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away.

Our opponent is intolerance. Only shoulder-to-shoulder, as teammates together, can we defeat it.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children and adults with intellectual disabilities served each year.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with intellectual disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

For 2020, due to COVID-19 many athletes did not participate this year.

Number of children with intellectual disabilities (ages 2-7) participating annually in a sports-play program for physical fitness and gross motor skills development.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with intellectual disabilities, Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

A large number of children from elementary schools were added to our Young Athletes program this year.

Number of schools participating in unifying students with intellectual disabilities with their peers without intellectual disabilities in efforts to break down stereotypes and foster inclusion.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with intellectual disabilities, Children and youth

Related Program

Unified Sports

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of community volunteers, with or without an intellectual disability, who volunteered his/her time to support the organization in any capacity at least once during the calendar year.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with intellectual disabilities, Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Due to COVID-19 many volunteers were unable to participate in Special Olympics Rhode Island this year.

Number of individuals with intellectual disabilities serving in leadership roles within the organization.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with intellectual disabilities

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Due to COVID-19 many athletes opted not to participate this year.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Special Olympics Rhode Island seeks to empower people with intellectual disabilities to achieve their personal best in all aspects of life, providing opportunities for athletes to demonstrate excellence, improve their physical fitness, and create relationships through sports. Research has shown that many people around the world underestimate the potential and abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. Sport not only helps to change external perceptions, it creates an opportunity to engage, have fun, and be a part of the global cultural phenomenon of sports.

Special Olympics Rhode Island offers a wide menu of year-round sports opportunities, as well as Athlete Leadership and volunteering to suit the many needs and preferences of the Rhode Island families we serve. In the past 20 years, Special Olympics Rhode Island has also offered Unified Sports in Rhode Island public schools, to encourage friendships and inclusion for students with intellectual disabilities and their peers without disabilities. With the experience of playing with and competing with individuals with intellectual disabilities, it is intended to promote life-long habits of acceptance and inclusion.

The Special Olympics concept was born in the early 1960's when Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a day camp for children with intellectual disabilities. She observed the great joy campers experienced when playing sports, and resolved to create a program that meets physical fitness needs and boosts self-esteem. The Rhode Island Chapter of Special Olympics was established in 1968 and has served thousands of athletes and their families ever since.

Special Olympics Rhode Island (SORI) currently serves over 4,000 athletes, all Rhode Islanders with intellectual disabilities. Our athletes are of all ages, from age 2 to 77. Along with the athletes, Special Olympics provides involvement and support to family members and/or caregivers, along with hundreds of volunteers from high schools, colleges and companies from around the state.

Special Olympics Rhode Island is one of the world's most dynamic programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities; providing over 1,600 year-round sports training and athletic competitions for more than 3,400 athletes and hosting over 40 local, regional, and statewide tournaments and competitions each year in 21 official and demonstration sports. Special Olympics Rhode Island also has a Unified Sports Program, a Motor Activities Training Program, Young Athletes Program (for children under age 8), Healthy Athletes Program and the Sargent Shriver Global Messenger Program. Our Unified Champion Schools program is in EVERY Rhode Island Public High School, most Rhode Island Public Middle Schools and a growing number of Public Elementary Schools.

Established in 1968 and a chapter of Special Olympics International, Special Olympics Rhode Island annually provides over 1,600 athletic training and/or competitions at no cost for over 4,000 athletes and their families. Each year we provide opportunities for over 6,000 community volunteers and organize athletic games throughout Rhode Island. Special Olympics Rhode Island Unified Sports was started 20 years ago, and is now in every RI public high school and in most RI public middle schools. Special Olympics Rhode Island Unified Sports is run by our Director of Programs who has been with Special Olympics Rhode Island for over 30 years, along with a team of athletic directors and health experts. Special Olympics Rhode Island places great emphasis on health issues for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families, encouraging fitness and good-eating habits through education and other resources, all at no cost to the athlete or family.

How we listen

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Financials

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SPECIAL OLYMPICS RHODE ISLAND INC

Board of directors
as of 3/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Ms. Staci Kolb

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Amira Jackson

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Elwood Johnson

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Antonio Moreira

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/11/2021

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Leadership

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