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Game Changer: Volunteer Andy Heller

By Jennifer Dowdy Andy Heller is a familiar face in Special Olympics Massachusetts. He volunteers in many roles, including coach, photographer, and team chaperone and was just honored as the 2017 Bristol County Volunteer of the Year! “It’s hard to believe I’ve been involved with Special Olympics for 15 years now,” says Andy. “It all started in 2003 when my wife Caron, a special educator for Attleboro Schools, brought 7 athletes to a track and field competition at the Attleboro School Day Games. I came to those games and took some photographs of her athletes in action. My involvement…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Music & Sports Collide in Boston

Discounted event tickets for Special Olympics families: United Sound are offering discounted tickets to their upcoming Boston event: On November 27, Bronson Arroyo, formerly of the Boston Red Sox, and friends- including Theo Epstein (Chicago Cubs), Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthew’s Band), Josh Klinghoffer, Wycliffe Gordon, Eliot Sloan (Blessid Union of Souls) and others will be playing a benefit concert for United Sound with 20 members of the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall. More information about the event can be found at www.unitedsound.org/boston About United Sound: United Sound is a school-based instrumental music club for individuals with intellectual or developmental…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Disability: A Poem By Trey Marabella

Disability is something I have It is something I was born with However it does not define me I define me I decide what I can and can not do I can do anything I set my mind to do No matter how hard or difficult the task I am motivated in life by People who told me that I couldn’t To prove all the doubters wrong and show them that I can and I will Never ever allow anyone to tell you that you can not do something Because you can do anything you set your mind to…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Athlete Spotlight: Ricky Pyne

By Jennifer Dowdy, Volunteer Engagement Manager When Ricky Pyne was born, the doctors told his parents he wouldn’t live past 12 years. That was 59 years ago. Ricky has not only defied the odds, but he has flourished as an athlete and cemented his legacy in Special Olympics. As we celebrate 50 years of the Special Olympics movement, Ricky is also celebrating 50 years as a Special Olympics athlete. Ricky joined Special Olympics when he was 9 years old, training and competing in swimming and gymnastics all through school. “I’m a very good swimmer. Nobody beat me in the…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Wellness Wednesday with Beth

  Introducing Wellness Wednesday with Beth Donahue! As a freshly minted Special Olympics Health Messenger, Beth will be helping to share wellness tips to make sure we are all staying healthy during and in-between sports seasons. In addition to regular sport specific training, general wellness can play a part in an even more healthy lifestyle. By working out and eating well, you will be more healthy and a better athlete when it comes time to compete! In the inaugural episode, Beth along with her workout partners, Gina and Gregg, teach her audience the squat. With proper technique the squat…

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UniBank Community Giving Program

The Special Olympics Massachusetts Shrewsbury Local Program has been selected by UniBank as a beneficiary in their Community Giving Program as they celebrate the opening of their 14th branch at 193 Boston Turnpike in the new Lakeway Commons plaza (at the former site of Spag’s) in Shrewsbury. Beginning at the branch’s grand opening on October 4th and running through November 15th, community members can stop into the branch and vote for their favorite charity. UniBank has set aside $11,000 for this program to express how committed they are to the communities they serve. Special Olympics has wonderful connections in town…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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