Jeff Bernier, the son of our fabulous bookkeeper, Roberta, coaches the local team. Jeff has been involved with the Wolverines since the summer of 2003, first as a spectator, then becoming a unified partner in the fall of 2003. A unified partner is a volunteer who participates in the sport with the athletes.
Jeff wanted to do more for the team, so he decided to help coach. A few years ago he became the head coach of the program!
The Woonsocket Wolverines currently has over 70 athletes and just as many volunteers.
You usually hear about the State Summer Games held at URI in the beginning of June, but the games don’t stop there! The Special Olympic teams participate in sports year-round. They currently offer a traditional and unified basketball season, where volunteers are able to play with the athletes. They also participate in bowling, track and field, soccer, softball and flag football where they compete against other Special Olympic teams.
“The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic 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.”
We are proud to donate $300 to the Woonsocket Wolverines to help further their passion for sports! We will continue to cheer for you Wolverines! Woo Hooo!