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Special Olympics Athlete and longtime volunteer honored in Springfield

Winning a gold medal at USA Games while representing your state and city is cool. But being recognized in your city with an official proclamation comes in at a close second. Longtime Volunteer Bill Mahoney and athlete Rachel Wheeler of Springfield were honored Monday, August 20 at Springfield City Hall for their involvement over the years and exemplification of the spirit of the Special Olympics movement. Bill was recognized with an official proclamation for over 20 years of committed volunteering for Special Olympics Massachusetts. Bill first became involved with Special Olympics as a volunteer with track and field at…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Bio-ball Committee Honored at Fenway

The Bio-Ball Committee was honored at Fenway Park on Monday August 20 before the Boston Red Sox took on the Cleveland Indians. Although the Boston ultimately lost to Cleveland 5-4, the game was a great opportunity to celebrate these committed volunteers. Honored on the field were Special Olympics Massachusetts Board Chair Gregg Beloff and Vice Board Chair Eric Spindt, and Bio-ball Committee members Joe Jeffries, Kevin Bowen, and Laura Croal. Also on the Bio-ball committee, but not present at Fenway, are Sylvia Beaulieu and Ted Lyon. The partnership of the Massachusetts biotechnology industry and Special Olympics Massachusetts centers on a…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Volunteer Spotlight: Anna Whitted

Anna Whitted has been a Game Changer for the past two years, volunteering at numerous tournaments and fundraising events and being a true ambassador for the Special Olympics movement. Her first event was Tournament of Champions, newly relocated to the greater Marlborough area back in 2016. “I love to serve and support my community, so I researched how to get involved with Special Olympics,” she said. “After my first experience volunteering with the athletes, staff, Unified partners, and other volunteers, there was no other decision: Make Special Olympics a permanent volunteer opportunity and invite others to join me!” Since the…

Author: Catherine Twing

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New England Revolution Unified team beats Philadelphia 2-0

The New England Revolution Unified team got their first win Saturday night, August 11, against the Philadelphia Union Unified team, with a final score of 2-0. The goals were scored by Preston Hall, with an assist from James Keith, and Farley Asmath with an assist from Calen Frongillo. The big day began with a trip to Apex Entertainment of New England with the team from Philadelphia. Then the team headed to Foxborough and spent time bowling and relaxing at Splitsville Luxary Lanes before the big match. They then went to watch the first team’s match from the suite, before…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Meet Xtra Mile Falmouth Road Race Runner Jack Delea!

Jack Delea is a rising senior at Milton Academy, who often volunteers at Special Olympics events hosted by his school, since Special Olympics  has always been his favorite way to volunteer with other people. He volunteers at both basketball games and track meets. “The interactions I have and the friendships I make at Special Olympics events make them as rewarding for me as they are for the athletes,” he said. “Being able to help administrate an event that is pure, wholesome fun feels so good at the end of the day”. Like Special Olympics athletes, Jack knows the spirit…

Author: Catherine Twing

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2018 Bowl for a Goal with the New England Revolution

A room of screaming fans, lined up to get autographs, cheering for your every (dance) move. Just another day in the life of a New England Revolution Unified team athlete. On August 1, 2018, the New England Revolution first team joined the Revs Unified team for the fourth annual Bowl For a Goal event, sponsored by Arbella Insurance. Splitsville Luxary Lanes at Patriot Place was packed with Revs fans and Special Olympics fans as the players, Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners bowled to raise money for Special Olympics. Since the first Bowl For a Goal in 2015, the…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Massachusetts Soccer Players represent at MLS All-Star Unified Match

Calen Frongillo and Thomas Barton represented the New England Revolution Unified team and Special Olympics Massachusetts at the 5th Annual MLS All-Star Match, held July 31, 2018 at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground in Marietta, Georgia. The Unified All-Star Match brings together athletes and Unified partners from 21 MLS clubs across the country to play East v. West. Due to weather, the match was shortened and ended in a tie 1-1. The match was streamed live on ESPN 3 and on YouTube. Calen will be entering her senior year at Franklin High School and is a member of…

Author: Catherine Twing

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MyFM 101.3 Radio Interview with Team Massachusetts Members from Milford Program

Jay Brown and Michael Bearer of the Team Massachusetts Soccer Team, Power Lifter Joe Morrill, and Milford Special Olympics Program Coordinator Jennifer Walsh sat down with MyFM 101.3 to talk about their time in Seattle at the USA Games and what it was like winning gold! Jay and Michael are from Milford, and Joe is from Holliston. At the USA Games, the Soccer team took home gold after a final match against Texas. Joe won two gold medals and two silver medals in powerlifting. During their interview, they talked about their experience competing at the national level and returning home to…

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USA Games 2018 Recap

Team Massachusetts joined thousands of athletes, coaches and Unified partners in Seattle July 1-7 for the 2018 USA Games. Members of Team Massachusetts competed in eight sports, Gymnastics, Swimming, Bowling, Power Lifting, Golf, Basketball, Soccer and Flag Football, and returned home with an impressive 41 medals.  Read below for medal count and highlights. Check out photos from the week in Seattle! Medal Count: 41 🥇 14 🥈 13 🥉 14 4th Place– 7 5th Place–  6 6th Place–  2 7th Place– 1 8th Place–  1 Team Massachusetts in the news: Team Massachusetts Flag Football and the Zamansky Brothers on ESPN…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Q & A with athlete Amanda Church

Amanda Church is a Special Olympics athlete with the LIFE Program on the Cape. Amanda has been competing in Special Olympics for more than 15 years and currently competes in basketball, swimming, and soccer. She represented the United States in swimming at the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles and in June she hosted the Special Olympics Massachusetts Summer Games Opening Ceremonies for the second year in a row! Q- How has being an athlete with Special Olympics Massachusetts for so many years helped you with hosting big events like the Hall of Fame and Opening Ceremonies? A- Being a Special Olympics athlete is…

Author: Catherine Twing

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