Written by Arielle Cotoia
Willimantic, Conn. - On Aug. 28, Eastern Connecticut State University's Police Department will join motorcycle riders from eight states and 29 satellite start locations throughout New England to participate in the 11th Annual Dream Ride Day to celebrate the achievements of Special Olympics Connecticut. The celebration will run from 1-5 p.m. at The Farmington Club in Farmington, and the public is invited. Admissions, entertainment and food are free of charge.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy has officially proclaimed Aug. 28 as Dream Ride Day in Connecticut. "Dream Ride brings together a group of diverse people for a worthy cause that continues to grow," said Eastern Lt. Madera. "It's a great event for people to recognize Special Olympics Connecticut and enjoy the top-notch entertainment and food with family, friends, colleagues and fellow riders."
In partnership with Bozzuto's Inc. and The Hometown Foundation, Inc., the event is designed to help raise awareness for Special Olympics Connecticut; raise money for Special Olympics Connecticut athletes; and create a fund to establish an athletic training facility for Special Olympics athletes. The event was created to commemorate the achievements of individuals living with intellectual disabilities and highlight Special Olympics athletes' accomplishments and determination in displaying their athletic skills and willingness to succeed.
In addition to the motorcyclists, participants, Special Olympics Connecticut athletes, volunteers, law enforcement personnel, numerous food vendors, sponsors and other supporters who will be in attendance, platinum recording artist Sister Hazel, The Alternative Routes, Brian Jarvis, Brooks Wood, On Call and Seth Adam will be on hand to perform.
Dream Ride Day also features a classic car show. Automotive enthusiasts are encouraged to showcase their cars and trucks and show up at the event with a Special Olympics Connecticut athlete.
Motorcyclists should visit www.dreamride.org to see a list of satellite start locations and times for each participating state. Persons interested in attending the event may also visit the website for more information.