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National Volunteer Week!

Celebrating How Special Olympics Volunteers Rose to the Occasion this Past Year What do snowshoeing, Wiffle balls, and polar plunges have in common? They’re all ways that Special Olympics Massachusetts volunteers stepped up to plate this past year to keep athletes healthy, active, and most importantly, included! As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, we’re giving extra thanks to the incredible volunteers of Special Olympics Massachusetts. Prior to March 2020, everything for Special Olympics was in person. In-person training, in-person competitions, in-person fundraising events. And the more people, the better! COVID-19 changed all of that instantly. There were challenges, obstacles,…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Play Unified Podcast Is Back!

The Play Unified Podcast is back. The show features co-hosts, Mike Kelley and Charles Hirsch with assistance provided by Amanda Robson. New this year, Special Olympics athlete, Lumene “Lightning” Montissol brings us the Lightning Round. Join us every other week as we discuss Special Olympics sports, our regional professional sports teams, including the Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and the New England Revolution, along with pop culture and news of the moment. Each episode will feature a guest who will share a bit about themselves and dive into one of the most important moments…

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Xtra Mile Walking Clubs Announced

Spring into action with walking clubs all over the state! Joining the Xtra Mile Community! Where we believe opportunities to get out and be active should not be limited by anyone’s ability. Going the Xtra Mile means doing a little more than you did yesterday. Whether you are walking, rolling, biking, snowshoeing or running, you are doing more than if you chose to stay home – you are going the Xtra Mile. So, how can you help to create such a community while striving to attain your personal best? It’s easy! Join a local Xtra Mile Club! Discover new levels…

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Special Olympics Massachusetts Announces new Exclusive Special Needs Trust Partner

Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of Massachusetts and Rhode Island (PLAN of MA & RI) makes a $100,000 commitment to Special Olympics Massachusetts to provide resources and promote inclusion. Special Olympics Massachusetts and Planned Lifetime Assistance Network (PLAN of MA & RI) announce a first of its kind Exclusive Partnership. Special Olympics athletes and their families will get access to PLAN of MA & RI educational webinars and resources to help with future financial planning. In addition, PLAN f MA & RI will provide training to Special Olympics staff members to better speak with families about the importance of sound…

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Robins Kaplan Golf Tournament Provides Critical Funds

In 2020, a lot of events had to be canceled including many of our in-person fundraisers. We are incredibly thankful to the team at Robins Kaplan LLP for getting creative with their annual golf tournament. Not only did they work within the state guidelines to ensure a safe tournament and a great day on the course for all of the golfers, the team ensured many of the annual traditions continued – even if they had to be adjusted to fit into this new virtual environment. Each year the company welcomes sponsors, partners, employees and friends to the historic Myopia…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Update 6/25/2020 – Special Olympics Massachusetts state office will remain closed to the public, except for scheduled meetings for business purposes. Select staff will be returning to the office on July 6th, while many staff members will continue to work from home. Please contact staff by email and understand there may be some delay in response. Below you will find current Return to Play guidelines as of 6/25/2020. This is not a full return to pre-pandemic practice and competition. These guidelines outline the kinds of programs and activities available and permissible under Phase 2 of Massachusetts state guidelines, and…

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Special Olympics Massachusetts & 98.5 the Sports Hub Announce Partnership

BOSTON, MA (2/13/20): Beasley Media Group, LLC; a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI) announces 98.5 the Sports Hub has entered into a multi-year partnership with Special Olympics Massachusetts. The collaboration between the station and the non-profit organization will be instrumental in helping to raise funds, recruit volunteers and support all major programs, such as the Summer Games, scheduled to take place June 12th through 14th at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Boston. “We could not be more thrilled to team up with the premier sports radio station in Boston,” said President & CEO Mary Beth McMahon. “The…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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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…

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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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