|Fall Season at Special Olympics Massachusetts offers sporting events to over 1,600 athletes, runs from September to Mid-November and features regional and state tournaments for our senior athletes and athletes involved in cheerleading, equestrian, flag football and soccer.|
- Senior Sports
The annual Senior Sports Classic is held every October on scenic Cape Cod, bringing athletes who are over the age of 40 from across the state together to compete in lifetime sports such as race walking, bocce, horseshoes and golf skills. The event is highlighted by a formal dinner and dance on Friday night prior to the competition. The oldest athlete competing during the most recent games was 79.
The Equestrian Tournament features both English and Western style riding. Equestrian is popular among Special Olympics athletes due to the competitive aspect of the event as well as the therapeutic nature of the sport. Riding therapy has been used for hundreds of years as a tool to help individuals with disabilities become healthier and more conducive to physical activity.
Soccer is the biggest sport offered in the fall, with over 100 teams training and competing throughout the season. What makes soccer unique, is that Special Olympics Massachusetts hosts events both at the section level and state level at local high schools. The students at the schools serve as the event managers–planning and running all aspects of the tournaments–proving the event to be a great community service project for the students as well.
- Flag Football & Cheerleading
Fall Season also hosts our newest sports, flag football and cheerleading, which is highlighted by the season-ending state tournament at Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL’s New England Patriots. athletes who participate in this event get to run through the giant blowup Patriots helmet, just as the Pats do at every home game. Throughout the event many former Patriots players give tips, shake hands and take photos on the sideline with Special Olympics athletes. The event is made possible by the generous support of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation.