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2018 Youth Leadership Experience

At the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington, sports will be the immediate focus, but inclusive youth leadership will be one of the lasting legacies. The 2018 Youth Leadership Experience is scheduled to coincide with the national competition between Special Olympics teams from all 50 sates. 110 High school students with and without disabilities from 35 states will participate in programming that will challenge them and provide skills that will help promote and model inclusion in their communities. In addition to workshops, experiential opportunities include volunteering/helping manage with the Young Athletes Festival Shadowing one of the CEOs,…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Guardians of the Flame

Special Olympics Athlete Danny Williamson and Mansfield PD Sgt. Larry Crosman will help open the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games as members of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for Special Olympics. We are thrilled to announce our Law Enforcement Torch Run program’s representatives to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington next summer. Mansfield Police Department Sgt. Larry Crosman will represent all our Law Enforcement officers, running with the Flame of Hope and raising awareness for Special Olympics and the USA Games. Larry participated in his first Torch Run twenty five years ago, ten years ago, he…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Need Help with your New Years Resolution?

It’s one thing to make a new years resolution, its quite another to act on that new years resolution. That’s where Special Olympics Massachusetts comes in! If your New Years resolution involves any of the following, we might be able to help you accomplish your 2018 goals AND be a part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of Special Olympics!   Getting in shape >> Check out the #WellnessWednesday posts on our YouTube Channel or Facebook page. Special Olympics Health Messenger, Beth Donahue along with her friends will get in in shape with periodic exercises and wellness tips. >> Run a…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Law Enforcement Torch Run’s Year in Review

By: LETR Executive Council Co-Director, Retired Chief Rick Pierce Greetings, With 2017 coming to a close, Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council Co-Director Chief DiGianvittorio and I would like to extend our thanks for all your hard work and dedication to raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics athletes across Massachusetts. The Massachusetts LETR program has grown so much in 2017, as evidenced by the newcomers who have joined our ranks and even organized some of the year’s first-time fundraisers. We are expanding across the state, with events and partners stretching from the Berkshires to the outer limits of…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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2018 USA Games Team Announced!

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games are just over six months away and Team Massachusetts is ready to go! Over the past year, Special Olympics Massachusetts has hosted qualifying competitions, reviewed applications, and made selections. Now, we can officially give you the entire Team Massachusetts Delegation heading to Seattle! On August 9, 2017 at the Bank of America Financial Center at 100 Federal Street In Boston, Special Olympics Massachusetts revealed the first 30 athletes who would be traveling to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, WA. Special Olympics athletes, Tyler Lagasse and Joe Morrill officially announced their…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Game Changer: Athlete Lumene Montissol

By: Jennifer Dowdy Special Olympics Massachusetts athlete Lumene Montissol often signs her name “Lightning” – a well deserved nickname for this soccer and track star. Known by her teammates and coaches for being one of the fastest athletes on the soccer field and track, Lumene has grown  as an athlete and as a person by participating in Special Olympics. When she was in middle school, Lumene joined Special Olympics and played bocce, basketball, soccer, and track and field. She said joining Special Olympics taught her “determination and sportsmanship,” skills she still uses today. As Lumene got older, she realized that her…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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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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