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Winter Games 2019 Social Media Contest

Are you going to be at Winter Games this weekend? Or how about at Alpine Skiing March 16-17th? Yes? Then we’ve got a contest for you! We are giving away exclusive #WinterGames shirts this weekend to a few random followers who tag us in their Winter Games photos! All you have to do is Follow Special Olympics Massachusetts on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) Take some awesome photos this weekend! If your venue has a photo booth and hashtag props, take a photo with these for added fun! Post your photos on social media, tag Special Olympics Massachusetts…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Recipes to make water more fun!

You probably know you should drink 5 glasses of water a day, but sometimes that’s hard to do when there are so many other flavorful drinks out there. Here are some fruit and water recipes to make drinking water fun! The natural sweetness from the fruit will make your drink taste sweet without added sugar. Get a water bottle with an infuser, or put fruit in your bottle and fill with cold water. You can even fill a bottle or pitcher with fruit and water and leave it overnight in the fridge. Then strain the water in the morning…

Author: Catherine Twing

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NBA Cares Unified game is dream come true

Ashley Aldrich of Milford had the experience of a lifetime when she traveled to Charlotte N.C. to compete in the NBA Cares Unified game. Being selected as one of only 12 athletes from around the world was exciting on its own, but when she found out who her coach was, her excitement hit a new level. Ashley and her teammates, comprised of Special Olympics athletes and NBA and WNBA basketball players, were coached by none other than Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics. This year marks the eighth annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Basketball game during the 2019…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Youth Ambassador has eye-opening experience at Schools Conference

Elyse Whittemore is a junior at Auburn High School and was selected as a 2019 Special Olympics U.S. Youth Ambassador. She attended the Special Olympics Schools Conference in San Diego California, February 2019 along with fellow Youth Ambassador Sydney Meininger and their mentor Alison Deluca. Wow.  The only word to describe the 2019 Unified Champion Schools Conference in San Diego, California.  The experience of attending this conference was eye-opening, life changing, and one I, along with my fellow Youth Leaders will never forget.  The Youth Leader portion of the conference was three days long and packed with workshops, general…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Special Olympics MA benefits from Gatorade Play it Forward 2019

Barnstable High School student-athlete awards Special Olympics Massachusetts Grant through Gatorade Barnstable High School senior and Massachusetts Volleyball Gatorade State Player of the Year, Riley James, awarded Special Olympics Massachusetts with a $1,000 grant to help accomplish our mission of promoting inclusion and providing sports and wellness opportunities to individuals with intellectual disabilities. James is the ninth Gatorade Massachusetts Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from Barnstable High School. Sports have seen a double-digit decline over the past decade, largely due to tighter budgets in communities, but young people that participate in sports are found to be happier,…

Author: Catherine Twing

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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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