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Coach Spotlight – Micah Barshay

Micah Barshay – Brookline Recreation   “Micah is extremely dedicated to all of the athletes and the program. He is kind, encourages us to work hard, and is very supportive. During this pandemic, Micah has gone above and beyond to help all of us get through this together. He has encouraged us to stay connected through Zoom calls and kept us updated about all of the activities Special Olympics offered. Micah helped me become a volunteer in the young athletes program this year. I love it and am very thankful to him. He has made an impact on many…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Coach Spotlight – Kate Dyer

Kate Dyer – Bridgewater-Raynham “I’ve known Kate for almost 20 years. I have always admired the way she works with all of her athletes, teaching them not only the rules of the game but on how to be good people. She has also grown her program to include Unified teams, which allows her son, a Special Olympics athlete, to compete alongside his sister and their peers. Her husband Jon also helps coach, as a matter of fact, the two met while coaching a Special Olympics team in New Bedford. She goes out of her way to help raise funds…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Coach Spotlight – James Sheridan

James Sheridan – West Springfield “Jim has been very active as a coach and assistant coach for many years, covering all of our sports year round including flag football, basketball, softball and now with football, soccer skills, and cornhole. Jim steps in for any quick turnaround when something needs to get done quickly, helping with equipment or anything needed at all with the athletes. Jim has also helped in securing funds through organizations like Knights or Columbus and the Lions club, and both he and his wife Maureen are always there to help in any fundraiser ideas and collecting…

Author: Catherine Twing

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2020 National Coaches Day – Andrew Christopher

Andrew Christopher – Whitman Area Panthers Floor Hockey This year for National Coaches Day we are recognizing three outstanding Special Olympics Massachusetts coaches. We received dozens of nominations and were amazed to hear about incredible coaches who are making an impact on their athletes and communities.        “Andrew came to us without any connection to Special Olympics or a Special Olympics athlete. He chose to join us, as an assistant floor hockey coach, because he wanted to make a difference. I retired because Andrew’s knowledge and coaching ability made it possible for me to do so. He…

Author: Catherine Twing

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2020 National Coaches Day – Tyrone Hicks

Coach Tyrone Hicks – Seven Hills Shamrocks Flag Football  This year for National Coaches Day we are recognizing three outstanding Special Olympics Massachusetts coaches. We received dozens of nominations and were amazed to hear about incredible coaches who are making an impact on their athletes and communities.  “Coach Hicks deserves this because he is a coach who coaches us in many ways. On the field, Coach Hicks always brings a positive attitude while making the practice fun, but when we need it he has the ability to motivate and get the best out of us. Coach Hicks is a…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Returning to Play in Fall 2020

It’s no secret that this year has not been typical. With the support and cooperation of everyone in our community we are excited to  move into the Fall season. In order to make sure athletes are staying active and also safe, we have adjusted how teams practice and compete and which sports can be trained for in each season. Teams who take part in our typical fall sports of Flag Football and Soccer will be able to practice and compete in a modified way. We are also extending several sports from the Summer into the Fall to provide even…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Return to Play Activities Leaderboard 8/28/2020

Although not every sport and activity is possible right now due to Covid-19, teams and individual athletes have the opportunity to participate in Return to Play Challenges from home. Check out the weekly leaderboard of participants below who have submitted results for the July through November Return to Play Challenge! Leaderboard will be updated every Friday as we receive new submissions. Results can be sent directly to Ops@SpecialOlympicsMA.org, or through the Return to Play Online Submission Form. Participants can submit results as frequently or infrequently as they want. The challenge will end on November 30th. Top 10: Natasha Connor…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Wilmington educator runs at home for Special Olympics

Diana Hill is a Special Education teacher at Wilmington High School and a co-organizer of the Wilmington and Burlington Unified School Day Games which typically happens each spring. Unfortunately due to Covid- 19 the School Day Games, which would have celebrated its fourth year, was cancelled. Although Hill was at home and not organizing the event for her students, she still wanted to find a way to be involved with Special Olympics. When the Run, Bike, Walk program was announced in July she jumped on board and has already surpassed her $1,000 fundraising goal! “I love this organization and…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Stay Fit With SOMA – Week of 5/11

This week’s theme is Hydration! Every week we have been posting exercise videos, nutrition tips, and more on our blog to provide you with opportunities to stay fit and active even at home! This blog will focus on hydration! Hydration = to add or absorb water! Your body is made up of about 60% of water.  Your body needs that much water so it can perform everyday tasks. Some of those tasks are: Protect your tissues, spinal cord, and joints Regulate body temperature Remove waste Help with digestion BUT when you sweat, exercise, go to the bathroom, even just…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Stay Fit With SOMA – Week of 5/ 4/2020

This week’s theme is Nutrition! Every week we have been posting exercise videos, nutrition tips, and more on our blog to provide you with opportunities to stay fit and active even at home! This blog will focus on Nutrition!   A portion is how much food you choose to eat at one time, whether in a restaurant, from a package, or at home. The difference between a portion and a serving size, is that a serving size is the amount of food listed on a product’s Nutrition Facts, or food label.  For example, the food label says that one serving size equals 1/2…

Author: Catherine Twing

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