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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…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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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!

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Meet Xtra Mile Boston Marathon Runner Matt Millett!

Meet the 2018 Xtra Mile Boston Marathon Team helping us to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Special Olympics Movement by running 26.2 miles for inclusion! This year, we are very proud to have two Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes on our team. One of those athletes is Matt Millett who competes with the Shrewsbury local program. Matt has been involved with Special Olympics Massachusetts since 1998 when he started participating in basketball after high school. Since then, he has become a multi-sport athlete competing softball, volleyball, soccer, and basketball. Throughout his involvement with Special Olympics Massachusetts, Matt has had…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Game Changer: Jack O’Neill

By: Jennifer Dowdy Jack O’Neill has been a volunteer Game Changer for the past 6 months. Only 11 years old, he’s already joined the Special Olympics community as an event volunteer, teammate, fund raiser, and most importantly – a friend. He’s inspired to stay involved and when he grows up he says he “hopes to work in Special education and athletics where I can combine inclusiveness with the sports I love!” Jack O’Neill: “I started volunteering with Special Olympics last year during the flag football season. In 5th grade, I started visiting a new classroom in our school where…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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USA Games Spotlight: Alyssa Neil

Holyoke Athlete to Compete at USA Games in Seattle Alyssa Neil is an accomplished athlete who has traveled across the country and around the world showing people what she can accomplish through sports. Her next opportunity to compete on the national stage will be at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington. Alyssa has been selected to run as a member of Team Massachusetts only a year after she was in Austria speed skating for Special Olympics USA at the 2017 World Winter Games. Alyssa competes year-round in track & field, soccer, bowling, speed skating, and bocce…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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USA Games Spotlight: Laurene Rice

Worcester’s Rice is Heading to Seattle as Member of Team Massachusetts! Laurene Rice is heading to Seattle to compete in 10 pin bowling at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Along with her teammates, she will go head to head with athletes from across the country at Kenmore Lanes. Laurene lives in Worcester, MA and participates with the South High Special Olympics program. Her career kicked off in 2004 and she has been a multi-sport star, spending time honing her skills in bowling, track & field, and bocce. Laurene has showcased her skills on the national stage before as a…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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USA Games Spotlight: Tyler Lagasse

Tyngsboro Golfer Returns to the National Stage Looking for Gold in Seattle Tyler Lagasse of Tyngsboro will be the lone golfer from Massachusetts heading to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, WA. As a high level competitor, Tyler qualified to compete in the elite athlete division at Willows Run Golf Club. Tyler, a Special Olympics Massachusetts Hall of Famer,  has been golfing since 2003 and his dedication to the sport have paid dividends. Tyler has been selected multiple times to participate in the Special Olympics Pro-Am tournament outside Washington D.C., he has competed at the National Level…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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USA Games Spotlight: Brandon Moore

North Attleboro’s Moore to Compete in Bowling at 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Special Olympics Massachusetts athlete, Brandon Moore is heading to Seattle, WA along with the 49 other athletes and Unified partners who make up Team Massachusetts. At the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in July, Brandon will compete against athletes from across the country in 10-pin bowling at Kenmore Lanes. While this will be Brandon’s first USA Games experience, he has been competing with Special Olympics for over 12 years. Brandon’s involvement with Special Olympics dates to before he was competing, he supported the mission through the…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Watch Special Olympics Basketball LIVE!

Emerson College will Live Stream Special Olympics Basketball on January 28th. The Emerson College Athletic community is proud to help Special Olympics Massachusetts celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics Movement. Emerson College is hosting a Basketball Community Games on Sunday, January 28th, 2018 in the Bobbi Brown/Steven Plofker Gymnasium. The event will tip-off at 10 AM and run until 2 PM. The round-robin tournament will consist of 5 local Special Olympics teams competing in 4 games each. We are excited to announce teams competing are the North Attleboro Big Red Machine, Brookline Cougars, Mansfield Green Hornets, Mansfield…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Special Olympics USA Basketball Team Announced

Hometown basketball team to compete on the world’s stage The Special Olympics Massachusetts Basketball team that is set to compete against teams from across the country at the 2018 USA Games has been selected to represent Special Olympics USA at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Team Massachusetts, made up of athletes from the Shrewsbury local program, will be the sole male traditional team in the Special Olympics USA delegation. The Special Olympics World Games provides an opportunity for athletes with intellectual disabilities to display their abilities on and off the field of play for…

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