By Taylor Burger and Logan Paul
On November 9th, 2014 at 10am, the Bryant University softball team will host their fourth Special Olympics event here on campus. The Special Olympics Rhode Island (SORI) Fall Festival is an event in which Rhode Island teams come together to compete against one another in sports such as flag football, bocce ball, and tennis.
Not only is this a yearly event that the athletes look forward to, but it is a time for the softball team to interact with the Special Olympics athletes throughout the day. SORI gives the softball team, along with other Bryant athletes, the chance to work together while making an impact on the greater Rhode Island community.
Since 2011, Chris Hopkins, head of SORI, has mentored the team throughout the process of planning, managing, and executing this event. Last year, Taylor Bell ‘14 was in charge of the event, and this year it will be led by senior Jessica Benacquista ‘15, and junior Mollie Anderson ‘16. The two leaders, along with the entire softball team, are excited to host another successful Fall Festival.
Thanks to Chris and his efforts, the team has been able to form a strong bond with the SORI athletes that will continue to grow even after the Fall Festival comes to a close. The Bryant University softball team and the athletes of Special Olympics Rhode Island can’t wait to see you in the stands of Bulldog Stadium this Sunday at 10am as they compete in the biggest sporting event of the fall!