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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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Stay Fit With SOMA! – Week of 4/27

This week’s theme is Strong Minds! 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 Strong Minds which is our Healthy Athlete discipline for emotional health. Strong Minds focuses on developing adaptive coping skills. During times like this, many of us might feel overwhelmed or stressed out so its important we all take time to learn and practice different strategies that will help us cope with stress in a healthy way! Below are tips for…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Vincent Pirro

Participating in Special Olympics has given Vincent Pirro the opportunity to be strong and healthy. Now 22 years old, Vincent began competing with Special Olympics at age 9. Last year he trained in 7 Special Olympics sports with the local program in Westfield: track & field, basketball, bowling, soccer, golf, power lifting and softball. Only 3 other athletes in Massachusetts, out of over 14,000, trained in that many. Out of the seven, his favorites are bowling, soccer, basketball and power lifting. His passion and dedication for power lifting was even noticed by the USA Power Lifting Organization during Summer…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Online Athlete Chat with Mike Kelley

Do you ever get that feeling you are not sure what to do when something comes up and it prevents you from having discussion with you peers? It can be difficult at first because we are not sure how we can have our discussion about some topics. You can think of ways to stay in touch with your peers and have casual conversations with them. I’ve discovered an answer to that is having chats through technology, especially the Special Olympics Massachusetts Live Chat on Zoom. Every Friday, I along with Special Olympics employee Charles Hirsch host a chat on…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Stay Fit With SOMA – Week of 4/20

Every week we’ll be posting exercise videos, nutrition tips, and more on our blog to provide you with opportunities to stay fit and active even at home! Plus – if you commit to stay fit you’ll receive even more exercises and tips! Why you should Commit to Stay Fit with SOMA: Access to our athlete fitness dashboard Weekly email with the blog of the week and info on live fitness class Daily wellness goals Nutrition tips and recipes Winner of the week giveaway! Commit to Stay Fit! Exercise of the week – Squats! The exercise of the week is…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Stay Fit With SOMA – Week of 4/13

Every week we’ll be posting exercise videos, nutrition tips, and more on our blog to provide you with opportunities to stay fit and active even at home! Plus – if you commit to stay fit you’ll receive even more exercises and tips! Why you should Commit to Stay Fit with SOMA: Access to our athlete fitness dashboard Weekly email with the blog of the week and info on live fitness class Daily wellness goals Nutrition tips and recipes Winner of the week giveaway! Commit to Stay Fit! Exercise of the week – Wall Sit Challenge! The exercise of the…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Stay Fit with SOMA – Week of 4/6/2020

Every week we’ll be posting exercise videos, nutrition tips, and more on our blog to provide you with opportunities to stay fit and active even at home! Plus – if you commit to stay fit you’ll receive even more exercises and tips! Why you should Commit to Stay Fit with SOMA: Access to our athlete fitness dashboard Weekly email with the blog of the week and info on live fitness class Daily wellness goals Nutrition tips and recipes Winner of the week giveaway! Commit to Stay Fit! Exercise of the week – Burpees! The exercise of the week is…

Author: Catherine Twing

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