Two students from ABE, Travis Berthiuame, age 9 and Christopher Foley, age 8, participated in the Special Olympics for the first time along with their teacher/coach, Danielle Beaudry. Travis and Christopher were the youngest members of the Woonsocket Wildcats team and enjoyed their experience tremendously. The Special Olympics took place recently at the University of Rhode Island.
The opening ceremonies were held on Friday, June 2. Prior to marching into the stadium, Travis and Christopher met a sailor from the Navy who after a few minutes of conversation, decided to escort both athletes into and around the stadium. After speeches and the lighting of the torch, a fireworks display was watched. On Saturday, June 3rd, Travis and Christopher competed in their events. Travis competed in the 100 meter dash, winning the gold medal in his heat. He also participated in the softball throw and received the silver medal. Christopher ran the 50 meter dash and won the bronze medal in his heat. In the softball throw he placed fourth winning a ribbon. Travis and Cristopher with Naval Officer
The Special Olympics concluded with a Disney themed dance, a motorcycle parade and a team pizza party. Both athletes were extremely proud of their accomplishments and look forward to next year’s games. “It was an experience I will never forget and hope these two students remember forever,” said Danielle Beaudry. “It was an emotional weekend full of laughter, pride and tears of joy. Watching Christopher and Travis experience this for the first time was extremely special and I look forward to next year. It was an amazing atmosphere and I am thrilled we were able participate and be part of something so rewarding.”