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A PLAN to put your Mind at Ease

By: Maria McElroy, PLAN of Massachusetts & Rhode Island Every parent is concerned about what the future holds for their children. Parents of a special needs child have, what some may describe as a monumental level of concern. If you are like many parents, you have woken up in the middle of the night worrying about your child. Worrying about what will happen to them when you are no longer here. You are not alone. Hundreds of parents who have children with disabilities have these same thoughts and concerns, yet they often become so overwhelmed with the options that…

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Game Changer: Volunteer Linda Flynn

Linda Flynn is a longtime volunteer with Special Olympics Massachusetts. She currently leads the Pioneer Valley (PV) Green Monsters softball team as their Local Program Coordinator (and even added bocce and corn hole for the team last summer!) “I started in Special Olympics about 25 years ago when a family friend was looking for Unified partners (teammates) for their softball team. Her brother was on the team, as an athlete, and she had just taken over coaching it. I’ve played softball all my life so thought that it was a good fit. I started with attending the qualifiers session…

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3 Tips for Engaging Employees with a Corporate Social Responsibility Program, Virtually 

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) goes far beyond offering volunteer time off to support the local soup kitchen or animal shelter. While it’s important to involve employees in these opportunities, CSR means integrating your company’s mission and purpose with sustainable values, and supporting community goals in ways that connect to your company’s business. It’s an ongoing effort that requires engagement from the top down. However, it is often difficult to find the right work-life balance. It is especially hard to maintain this relationship with the COVID-19 pandemic as many volunteer activities have been made virtual. Businesses can positively impact their…

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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,…

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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…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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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…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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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…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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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…

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