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Get your very own Boston Bruins B Inclusive t-shirt!

B a part of the Team, B Inclusive We’re excited to share the news (which hopefully you have heard) that the Boston Bruins Foundation has pledged $1 Million to Special Olympics Massachusetts over the next three years. The goal is to promote our organizations’ shared values of inclusion, instilling confidence, and health and wellness. Get your very own Boston Bruins B Inclusive shirt and continue to spread the mission of inclusion and acceptance. Now that the Boston Bruins Foundation has officially kicked off their partnership with Special Olympics Massachusetts, you can show your support for both amazing organizations with…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Thrive and Special Olympics Empower Athletes with support from the community

Thrive Support & Advocacy empowers more than 500 children and adults in the Metrowest area with developmental disabilities to lead rich, active, and self-directed lives. With more than 75 Thrive athletes participating in sports throughout the year, Special Olympics is a vital aspect of that empowerment. Through Special Olympics Massachusetts events and competitions, Thrivers demonstrate to themselves and the community that when the focus is on ability, you can do great things. For Thriver and athlete Matthew McCarthy, participating in Special Olympics has given him opportunities he could never have imagined. “The sports that I participate in through Thrive…

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Cummings Foundation Founder Publishes Memoir

In 2017, Special Olympics Massachusetts was awarded a Cummings Foundation $100K for 100 Grant. The funds are helping provide additional programming in Essex County. Unified High School sports, Young Athletes programs, and newly developed local programming will ensure a wealth of athletic opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout the county. Thanks to the support from the Cummings Foundation, we will see strong growth across all aspects of the organization in that region. As a recipient of a $100K for 100 grant from Cummings Foundation, Special Olympics Massachusetts has benefited not only from substantial financial resources but also from…

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2018 USA Games – Day 1

Let’s start at the beginning, and for Special Olympics, that means Opening Ceremonies. Sunday July 1st marked the beginning of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Husky Stadium at the University of Washington played host to the biggest party in town. Team Massachusetts made their way from the dorms on the west side of campus through a miles-long high five tunnel created by volunteers from the community, event sponsors, and Special Olympics Washington. The athletes, coaches and team support staff were celebrated from the moment they started walking, all the way across campus. As they made their final turn…

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Be a Part of Team Massachusetts

Support Massachusetts athletes heading to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, WA with a donation, by attending a local fundraiser, and by cheering them on via social media! Support Team Massachusetts today! Bank of America highlights the Haverhill Flag Football Team Megan Colby’s video to thank her donors:   Cheer on Team Massachusetts with on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

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Get Fit! Feel Good! June 2018

June is Men’s Health Month Eat Healthy – Start with small steps like saying no to super-sizing and yes to a healthy breakfast. Add at least 1 fruit of vegetable to every meal along with a glass of water. Get Moving- Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Do yard work. Keep comfortable walking shoes handy at work or in your car. Choose activities you enjoy to stay motivated. Make Prevention a Priority- Many health conditions can be detected early with regular checkups from health care providers. Muscle of the Month: Chest Also known pectoralis major Pectoralis major: This…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Get Fit! Feel Good!

May 2018 May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. It’s important that people of all ages and body type are getting enough physical activity. National Physical Fitness and Sport month is a great time to start getting active while spreading the word about the positive health benefits associated with it. Some benefits to regular physical activity: It can improve muscular fitness, bone health, and heart health in children and adolescents In adults physical activity can lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Physical activity can lower the risk of falls and improve cognitive functioning in older…

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Jay Nothnagle – A Hero Among Us

A note from Taffy and Jeff Nothnagle: Friday, April 6 was an amazing night! The Boston Celtics honored our son, Jay as the “Hero Among Us” at their home game against the Chicago Bulls. The Heroes Among Us program began in 1997 when the Celtics wanted to honor people who had made an exceptional and lasting contribution to the community through their unique commitment and spirit. They have honored such a person at each of their home games ever since. After watching the Celtics warm-ups from court-side, we went to our seats til the end of the first period,…

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Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Takes the Plunge

Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Polar Plunge team raises over $4K for Special Olympics MA Athletes Marlborough, MA – On Saturday, March 17, 2018, Special Olympics Massachusetts hosted the 3rd annual Polar Plunge at the Yawkey Sports Training Center in Marlborough, partnering with the Marlborough Police Department through the Law Enforcement Torch Run. For the second year in a row, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) sent a team – surpassing their 2017 totals with 29 team members and $4,080 raised. In 2017, the team raised $840 with 11 Plungers.   “The 2018 Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Plunge Team more…

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Michael Wilson interviews Mary Beth McMahon

Special Olympics athlete, Michael Wilson, of Shrewsbury interviewed Special Olympics Massachusetts President & CEO, Mary Beth McMahon earlier this month for a feature that aired on Shrewsbury Media Connection. In the interview, they discuss the history of Special Olympics, the movement’s 50th anniversary, how people can get involved, and then touch on some personal highlights from each of their careers. We love when the athletes flip the script and ask the questions. Great Job Michael!

Author: Charles Hirsch

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