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Unified sports is more than competition

There are few moments that match the excitement of representing your school and hometown at a State Championship. On Wednesday May 29, 2019, students from 54 Massachusetts schools had the opportunity at the 2019 MIAA Unified Track & Field state meet. While 54 schools were represented at States, this was a record year with 81 Massachusetts schools participating in Unified Track & Field locally this season. On a chilly late-May day at Milford High School, athletes and Unified partners competed side by side in track and field events including javelin, long jump, shot put, 100m dash, 400m dash and relays….

Author: Catherine Twing

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Boston Bruins inspired work out

With the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals, we are counting down the minutes until the next game. If you’re also a huge B’s fan, we’ve got a fun work out for you! Below are common events that happen during a hockey game. Every time one of these things happens, do  the corresponding exercise! Bruins score a goal: 10-20 Jumping Jacks Your favorite player scores: 15-20 Sit Ups Bruins get a penalty: 15-20 Couch Squats Blues get a penalty: 5-10 Push Ups Bruins player gets a HATRICK: High Knees for 30-45 seconds Power Play: 10 Side Leg raises…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Inclusion at Longsjo Middle School

Emma Bourbeau,  is a Unified partner with the Montachusett Area Special Sports (MASS) Blockbusters volleyball team. Along with her mom, Emma has gotten to know the local athletes while playing alongside them with the Blockbusters. While on Instagram, she read about the Unified program at nearby Fitchburg High School and wanted something similar for her classmates at Longsjo Middle School. Fortunate for her, United Way Youth Venture offers an extended learning time at her school, providing students the opportunity to create projects to improve their community. Projects are then chosen to receive funding from the United Way. Bourbeau shared her…

Author: Catherine Twing

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2019 New England Revolution Unified Team Announced

The New England Revolution signed more than a dozen Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes and Unified partners to the 2019 New England Revolution Unified team on May 6 at Gillette Stadium. The athletes and partners signed their two-game contracts, received their team jerseys and spoke to members of the press. The Unified team is made up of seven Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes, and six Unified partners from around eastern Massachusetts.   Athletes: Aaron Allen – Hingham Shawn Barton – Stoughton Preston Hall – North Andover James Keith – North Andover Lumene Montissol – Mattapan JP Young – Milford Sam Spinney…

Author: Catherine Twing

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A talk with athlete Melissa Reilly and Olympic Figure Skater Michelle Kwan

On Tuesday April 2nd, Harvard Law School Project on Disability hosted a conversation with two decorated athletes, Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan and Special Olympics Massachusetts athlete Melissa Joy Reilly. The two spoke in front of a full lecture hall of students, faculty and community members, moderated by Professor William P. Alford, Chair of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and Vice Chair of the Special Olympics International Board of Directors. Michelle Kwan is the most-decorated skater in U.S. Figure Skating history, having won two Olympic medals, five World titles and nine U.S. titles. She’s a Special Olympics…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Ben Wood

Ben Wood is a native of the North Shore region of Massachusetts and still resides in that area In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, boxing or walking trails in his town for relaxation. He has friends who have run the marathon before and has attended in past years with friends and running the marathon is actually on his bucket list. He says it’s not too crazy, but it’s an accomplishment no one can take from him. Special Olympics is a family matter for Ben as his grandfather spent over 30 years of his life working with the…

Author: Catherine Twing

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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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