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Fitness at home!

Sports practices may be cancelled, but you can still focus on your health and fitness right at home and be ready to go when practices start up again. Our exercise of the week is the seated twist! Watch as athlete and global health messenger Beth Donahue demonstrates the seated twist. This is a great ab work out! Post your pictures and videos of you doing the seated twist at home and tag #StayFitWithSOMA. Bonus! For even more exercise tips and videos, commit to staying fit at home. Fill out and submit the form below and receive the link to…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Unified Sports in Schools

Unified sports is a program that allows students with disabilities to get involved in sports as well as interact with students who do not have a disability. Unified Sports in schools, high schools, middle schools, or elementary schools is the kind of program that can make a student with a disability feel included, spread awareness, and help change the life of any athlete that participates on the program. In 2016, my alma mater, Auburn High School, established their Unified Sports program to help promote inclusion and respect for their students who have an intellectual or physical disability. The program…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Boston – A special place to run

We asked our Xtra Mile Boston Marathon® runners where the coolest place they ever ran was. Many of them actually said Boston is their favorite place to run! Read some of their responses below: Boston/Massachusetts: Tim McLaughlin “This will be my 4th Boston Marathon and 8th marathon overall. I have to say…nothing…nothing…beats running the Boston Marathon. The crowd is like no other. The energy is amazing.” Nikki Grifone “I love that I am local and I am able to train on the Boston Marathon course so frequently- it is a pretty surreal feeling!” Greg Schwartz “When I was training…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Joseph Hocter knows how to stay busy

Joseph Hocter Jr. likes to stay busy. REALLY busy. In 2019 Joseph trained in 7 different Special Olympics sports, worked out at a boxing gym weekly, fundraised for Special Olympics Massachusetts, attended NortheastArc programs, was a member of local organizations AND worked at Crosby’s Marketplace in Marblehead. At age 35, he has been participating in Special Olympics for 24 years since he first began swimming at age 11. In 2019 he trained in track & field, basketball, bocce, bowling, flag football, golf and power lifting.  Only 3 other athletes in Massachusetts, out of over 14,000, trained in as many sports…

Author: Catherine Twing

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From Athlete to Coach

My Experience as a Coach – Mike Kelley There comes a point when an athlete hangs up their playing shoes and questions what they could do next in their lives. After thinking about it for some period of time, there is that choice to become a coach and pass along their experience on the sport to younger athletes. When that time came for me, I knew that coaching could be an option to think about and that it was my calling. If I didn’t think about being a coach, I don’t know what I would do when I stopped…

Author: Catherine Twing

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My experience in Special Olympics

My experience in Special Olympics – Why it’s become important in my life. There comes a time when after you first join something, you never know what might happen until you notice changes in your life down the road. Although change is a tough thing to go along with, it does feel great when it’s based on choices made. For me, being an athlete in Special Olympics was one choice that helped me make a change. Without Special Olympics, I don’t know what I would be to this day. The decision to become a Special Olympics athlete was something…

Author: Catherine Twing

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The Marathon is About Family

When Aimee Dubois runs the Boston Marathon® on the Xtra Mile team in April, she’ll be doing more than accomplishing a personal goal. “The marathon is for me, but it’s also for my Aunt Celeste, my Papa and the 13,326 other athletes,” she said. “On days I don’t feel like going on a run, I remember that it is so much greater than me.” Growing up she would watch her Aunt Celeste compete in Special Olympics events at home on the Cape and at Summer Games in Boston. Her grandmother was a longtime volunteer until she passed away when…

Author: Catherine Twing

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New Year, New Wellness Goals!

With the new year comes new goals! New Year’s resolutions can seem so daunting. How are you going to do something consistently for a whole year?? Here are some tips for sticking with your 2020 wellness and fitness goals: Try breaking your resolutions into more specific actions. Instead of “exercise more,” your resolution could be “take a walk every Wednesday.” Instead of a broad goal to “drink more water” you could get an app that reminds you to drink water throughout the day. Make monthly resolutions. In January you could focus on drinking more water. In February, work on…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Exhibit A Brewing Polar Plunge

Combining Beer and a Polar Plunge – Why didn’t we think of this before?! We are so excited for this brand new plunge at Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing in Framingham! Set in the brewery’s beer garden, take a quick plunge (into water, of course) and get warm with a nice beer afterwards. Register Here  Details: March 7th, 2020 Exhibit A Brewery, 81 Morton St, Framingham MA Registration opens at 10:00 AM

Author: Catherine Twing

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Special Olympics MA named official fundraising partner of B.A.A. 5K

December 6, 2019 —The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that Special Olympics Massachusetts has been named the Official Fundraising Partner of the B.A.A. 5K. Using the power of sport to bring people together, Special Olympics Massachusetts will feature a fundraising team at next year’s B.A.A. 5K, to be held on Saturday, April 18 – two days prior to the 124th running of the Boston Marathon. First run in 2009, the B.A.A. 5K annually features 10,000 participants from around the globe running through Boston’s Back Bay neighborhoods, starting and finishing at Boston Common. It is the first race of…

Author: Catherine Twing

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