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Massachusetts students named US Youth Ambassadors

Two Massachusetts students have been selected as part of the 2019 Class of Unified Champion Schools US Youth Ambassadors. Sydney Meininger and Elyse Whittemore were selected to be a part of the Youth Ambassador Initiative along with 10 other young adults with and without intellectual disabilities from across the country. These passionate leaders will receive training, speak at events and conferences, as well as explore topics that will inspire new ideas to promote inclusion. Both Sydney and Elyse, along with Mentor Ali Deluca of Auburn High School, will be traveling to San Diego in February for leadership training with…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Milford athlete selected for NBA Cares

Ashley Aldrich got quite a surprise one December morning as she reported to her job at Milford High School. The Special Olympics athlete who volunteers daily in the school’s Special Education department was greeted with an exciting message: “You’re going to NBA Cares!” The NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports Experience is an annual event as part of NBA All-Stars. A select number of athletes from around the world compete in a Unified game alongside NBA and WNBA legends. The athletes apply to be a part of this event including a video where they talk about their experience with basketball…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Student grows Unified programs in Boston Public Schools

Kaylie DeCosmo has a goal to grow Unified programming in Boston Public Schools, and with the help of Special Olympics, she’s going to make it a reality. A native of Derry, New Hampshire and a Health Science (Pre-Med track) student at Northeastern University, Kaylie was recently awarded a $2,000 Special Olympics Youth Innovation Grant to develop her project. She is among 142 students globally to receive this round of Youth Innovation Grants, funding 84 projects. According to Special Olympics International, “This diverse cohort of youth leaders represent 53 countries and span all seven regions of the global Special Olympics movement.”…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Ringing in the New Year at the 2019 Winter Classic

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics Movement and for the first time ever, the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks have invited Special Olympics floor hockey teams to participate in the annual NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Athletes from Massachusetts and Illinois will partner with Bruins and Blackhawks alumni to compete in a Unified Floor Hockey exhibition at the Joyce Center on the Campus of the University of Notre Dame. Special Olympics Massachusetts will be represented by eight athletes from the Belmont/Watertown S.P.O.R.T program. Special Olympics Illinois will be represented…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Historic 2018 for Special Olympics Massachusetts!

To close out 2018, we’re taking a look back at the top 10 Special Olympics Massachusetts moments of the year! From the 2018 USA Games in Seattle, to the unveiling of unprecedented partnerships and the celebration of Special Olympics’ 50th anniversary, 2018 has had plenty of memorable moments. Xtra Mile Boston Marathon Team runs 26.2 miles for inclusion On April 16, the 26 runners on the Unified Xtra Mile Boston Marathon team ran 26.2 miles for inclusion. The team raised over $318,800 for Special Olympics Massachusetts, an Xtra Mile team record! The team included board members, relatives of Special…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Busy Fundraising Weekend – $250,000 raised!

Kicking off the holiday season, people all across Massachusetts showed their generosity, helping to raise $250,000 for Special Olympics Massachusetts at 7 events across the Commonwealth! The first weekend in December was a successful fundraising weekend for Special Olympics Massachusetts. On Saturday December 1, Pittsfield kicked off their 9th annual Cop on Top Fundraiser at the Pittsfield Walmart, raising $30,200 in just one day! They followed that up with another $15,000 on a chilly, wet Sunday for a grand total of $45,000. Chicopee also held a Cop on Top event on Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and…

Author: Catherine Twing

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2019 Special Olympics USA World Games team announced!

Special Olympics USA has announced the delegation heading to the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. Over 300 athletes and coaches will travel to the UAE in March to compete in the first ever World Games to take place in the Middle East. Among this group are 15 athletes and coaches from Massachusetts! See the roster and link to photos below. Basketball: Colin Davidson, Athlete, Northborough Ryan Dixon, Athlete, Shrewsbury Zachary Englehart, Athlete, Worcester Merrill Englehart, Coach, Worcester Joseph Jamros, Athlete, Shrewsbury Matt Millett, Athlete, Spencer Brian Mills, Athlete, Northborough Bill O’Brien III, Coach, Shrewsbury Liam O’Brien…

Author: Catherine Twing

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2018 Special Olympics North America Tennis Championship

Last week, the Handi Racket Tennis team from Massachusetts competed in the 2018 Special Olympics North America Tennis Championship. The athletes representing Massachusetts competed in the highest level of Special Olympics tennis competition. The Special Olympics North America Tennis Championship took place at Hilton Head Island October 18-21. Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and Special Olympics South Carolina hosted the 19th annual competition at the Van Der Meer Racquet Club at Shipyard Plantation. Athletes from 11 states competed in singles, doubles and Special Olympics Unified Sports® competition. The team from Massachusetts included athletes Sidharth Datar, Nicolas Desmond, Liz Fossum, Chris…

Author: Catherine Twing

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2018 Unified Basketball Season in Full Swing

The 2018 Unified Basketball season kicked off in early October, this year with 56 teams across the state! The most we’ve ever had! Among those teams, 17 are new to Unified Sports and 14 have done Unified Sports, but this is their first season doing Unified Basketball. These teams are showing their communities the power of inclusion through sports,and local media have taken notice! Check out some of the great news coverage: On October 12, Wahconah Regional High School hosted Mount Greylock Regional High School for Berkshire County’s first Unified Basketball game iBerkshires, “Mount Greylock, Wahconah Add Unified Basketball…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Meet Maya Cat: A story about acceptance

Looking for a fun way to teach kids, or anyone, about the importance of inclusion and acceptance? Check out “Meet Maya Cat: a story about acceptance.” Written by Lauren Beader, a Special Olympics Massachusetts coach and program coordinator for Yellow Jackets Gymnastics, this picture book stars the Instagram-famous cat Maya who was born with a chromosomal abnormality. “Written to normalize physical, developmental, and emotional disabilities or conditions of all kinds, this book can open everyone’s eyes to the idea that every life deserves love and acceptance,” the book description on Amazon reads. “It encourages children to treat others as…

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