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Middleborough High School named to ESPN honor roll

ESPN has announced the 2019 Honor Roll, a list of 34 schools from across the country who have gone above and beyond to create inclusive school communities. Middleborough High School is the only Massachusetts school named to this prestigious list. In addition to participating in Unified sports, students from Middleborough regularly volunteer at Special Olympics tournaments including Summer Games. There are several levels of recognition schools can receive through Special Olympics. Over 180 Massachusetts schools have received the title of “Unified Champion School” at the state level. 26 of those schools have been named “National Banner Schools” based on…

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The Best Umpire

It’s day 2 of 2019 Tournament of Champions and the field at the New England Baseball Complex is clearing as teams head to the pavilion for awards. But not all athletes are heading directly to receive their medal. Many are taking a detour to high five and thank umpire Troy Johnson. “You’re the best umpire,” one athlete shouts as they walked away. Another athlete even goes up to Johnson asking for his autograph. No, he isn’t a former pro-baseball player, just a guy who loves to see the athletes succeed. Despite the praise showered on him by athletes, he…

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Youth Leaders take Hyannisport

In July, several youth leaders from Massachusetts had the opportunity to attend an invite only 50th anniversary event hosted by Special Olympics International at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannisport. Part of this weekend included a youth summit where they met fellow youth leaders, educators, celebrities and Special Olympics staff, all on a mission to make schools more inclusive. The youth leaders from Massachusetts, Bryna St. Pierre, Emma Ganley, Elyse Whittemore and Sydney Meininger joined students from many other states to share ideas about how they can make their communities more inclusive and realizing how much power they have as…

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2019 National Banner Schools Announced

This year, 16 Massachusetts High Schools have received the honor of being called a National Banner School. These schools have met or exceeded national standards of excellence in the areas of Unified sports, whole school engagement and inclusive youth leadership. They join a group of 10 Massachusetts schools which received this honor in 2018. These schools will be presented with a banner to hang in their school and be included on a list of other schools around the country who have achieved this distinguished status. Once a school has become a Unified Champion School they are eligible to apply…

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Mother/daughter Unified pair to compete in bocce

Most people reach their 80s and decide it’s time to take it slow, and watch from the sidelines as their children or grandchildren compete. But Madgalena Margelony of Shrewsbury decided 84 was the perfect age to start playing bocce with her daughter Theresa as a Unified partner. “I don’t remember what they called bocce in German, but I used to play, it was fun,” said Madgalena who was born in Germany. Theresa, 59, has been a Special Olympics athlete with the Shrewsbury program for about six or seven years now, competing in basketball, bocce and track & field.  This…

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Fitness Opportunities for Athletes

Here are a list of the current fitness programs that are being offered by Special Olympics Massachusetts! To sign up or for more information email Vicky.dinatale@specialolympicsma.org NEWTON – Boxygen, boxing based fitness program. SPRINGFIELD AREA – Western MA Hiking Club. Enjoy nature while getting some exercise. MARLBOROUGH – Running & Walking Club at Yawkey Sports Training Center. No matter your fitness level we have a spot for you! Family Bootcamp at Yawkey Sports Training Center. Will resume in the fall. We host class one time a month for families to work out together! WORCESTER – Worcester State Fitness Program-…

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Brave “Edgers” go Over The Edge for Special Olympics

On Friday July 12 the staff of Over The Edge, a Nova Scotia-based company that organizes rappelling event all across North America, set up their gear on the roof of the Hyatt Regency Boston. Later that afternoon, with the help of Boston Fire Department Local 718, they helped the first group of rappellers make their way Over The Edge for Special Olympics Massachusetts. Even with storms cutting Friday’s rappel times short, all of the special guests and media personalities were able to go over at their scheduled times. When rappelling resumed on Saturday July 13, the skies were sunny…

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Tavern in the Square Tip-A-Cop a success

On Tuesday July 16, six Tavern in the Square restaurant locations held Tip-A-Cop events for Special Olympics Massachusetts. Each event featured local law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes helping out the waitstaff as “celebrity waiters.” After customers were finished with their meal they were provided envelopes to give a donation to Special Olympics Massachusetts if they would like. Some locations also had promotions like dunk tanks, raffles and sports memorabilia for sale to raise money. All locations offered a limited edition fruity pebbles donut for $5. All proceeds from donut sales will be donated to Special Olympics Massachusetts….

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2019 Gatorade Player of the Year

TABOR ACADEMY STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARDS SPECIAL OLYMPICS MASSACHUSETTS GRANT THROUGH GATORADE Hingham, Mass. native and Massachusetts Girls Soccer Gatorade State Player of the Year, Cat Barry awarded Special Olympics Massachusetts with a $1,000 grant to help accomplish our mission of providing inclusive sports competition and leadership opportunities throughout the state. Barry is a rising senior at Tabor Academy in Marion, and plays for the NEFC in the Development Academy. Going into her senior year, she already has 61 goals and 32 assists during her NEPSAC career, including several en route to the Seawolves’ Class A championship win over Thayer Academy…

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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….

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