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Mother/daughter Unified pair to compete in bocce

Most people reach their 80s and decide it’s time to take it slow, and watch from the sidelines as their children or grandchildren compete. But Madgalena Margelony of Shrewsbury decided 84 was the perfect age to start playing bocce with her daughter Theresa as a Unified partner. “I don’t remember what they called bocce in German, but I used to play, it was fun,” said Madgalena who was born in Germany. Theresa, 59, has been a Special Olympics athlete with the Shrewsbury program for about six or seven years now, competing in basketball, bocce and track & field, while…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Fitness Opportunities for Athletes

Here are a list of the current fitness programs that are being offered by Special Olympics Massachusetts! To sign up or for more information email Vicky.dinatale@specialolympicsma.org NEWTON – Boxygen, boxing based fitness program. SPRINGFIELD AREA – Western MA Hiking Club. Enjoy nature while getting some exercise. MARLBOROUGH – Running & Walking Club at Yawkey Sports Training Center. No matter your fitness level we have a spot for you! Family Bootcamp at Yawkey Sports Training Center. Will resume in the fall. We host class one time a month for families to work out together! WORCESTER – Worcester State Fitness Program-…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Get Fit! Feel Good! August Blog

Get Fit! Feel Good! August’s Blog Recap: July’s goal was to recruit a family member or friend to work out with you! Hopefully you have a new workout buddy to help you achieve your wellness goals. If you don’t have a workout buddy, definitely try to recruit one- Not only do fitness buddies make exercising more fun they help you stick to your commitment and therefore make it more likely for you to reach your wellness goal! August’s Wellness Goal: De-Stress Feeling stressed is perfectly normal during certain times in your life but we all know the feeling where…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Brave “Edgers” go Over The Edge for Special Olympics

On Friday July 12 the staff of Over The Edge, a Nova Scotia-based company that organizes rappelling event all across North America, set up their gear on the roof of the Hyatt Regency Boston. Later that afternoon, with the help of Boston Fire Department Local 718, they helped the first group of rappellers make their way Over The Edge for Special Olympics Massachusetts. Even with storms cutting Friday’s rappel times short, all of the special guests and media personalities were able to go over at their scheduled times. When rappelling resumed on Saturday July 13, the skies were sunny…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Tavern in the Square Tip-A-Cop a success

On Tuesday July 16, six Tavern in the Square restaurant locations held Tip-A-Cop events for Special Olympics Massachusetts. Each event featured local law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes helping out the waitstaff as “celebrity waiters.” After customers were finished with their meal they were provided envelopes to give a donation to Special Olympics Massachusetts if they would like. Some locations also had promotions like dunk tanks, raffles and sports memorabilia for sale to raise money. All locations offered a limited edition fruity pebbles donut for $5. All proceeds from donut sales will be donated to Special Olympics Massachusetts….

Author: Catherine Twing

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2019 Gatorade Player of the Year

TABOR ACADEMY STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARDS SPECIAL OLYMPICS MASSACHUSETTS GRANT THROUGH GATORADE Hingham, Mass. native and Massachusetts Girls Soccer Gatorade State Player of the Year, Cat Barry awarded Special Olympics Massachusetts with a $1,000 grant to help accomplish our mission of providing inclusive sports competition and leadership opportunities throughout the state. Barry is a rising senior at Tabor Academy in Marion, and plays for the NEFC in the Development Academy. Going into her senior year, she already has 61 goals and 32 assists during her NEPSAC career, including several en route to the Seawolves’ Class A championship win over Thayer Academy…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Get Fit! Feel Good! July’s Blog

Recap: Junes Wellness Topic > Eliminate (added) Sugar. In case you missed last months blog post, we talked about just why the word added is important, exactly just how bad sugar is for you and why its so hard to eliminate it. The word added when talking about sugar is important because some foods that have sugar in it also have other health benefits therefore we don’t want to eliminate them. A good example of this would be apples and grapes.  The difference between eating a candy bar and an apple or grape is that the fruit is made…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Summer Games Health & Wellness Highlights, Summer Wellness Resources

In case you didn’t get the chance to attend this year’s Summer Games at Harvard Stadium we are going to recap all the health and wellness we had going on this weekend. Ill also provide all the other health and wellness resources we have available outside of summer games.     Healthy Athlete Screenings   For those of you who don’t know what Healthy Athletes is, it’s a program that was created to offer free health screenings to Special Olympics athletes. Returning year after year to provide dental screenings we had our Special Smiles team! Special Smiles offers free…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Get Fit ! Feel Good ! June Blog

First off, Let’s start by taking time to reflect on April’s Goal: Eat Better. There are numerous reasons out there for why people don’t eat healthy. It’s too expensive, I don’t have enough time, schedules are too crazy, etc. If you are one of these people who find eating healthy difficult, your not alone and there are ways to change ones eating habits! Instead of trying to change your eating habits completely try to focus on one aspect of it. During last month’s blog we discussed then food groups and how to eat healthy for each group (see below)….

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Unified sports is more than competition

There are few moments that match the excitement of representing your school and hometown at a State Championship. On Wednesday May 29, 2019, students from 54 Massachusetts schools had the opportunity at the 2019 MIAA Unified Track & Field state meet. While 54 schools were represented at States, this was a record year with 81 Massachusetts schools participating in Unified Track & Field locally this season. On a chilly late-May day at Milford High School, athletes and Unified partners competed side by side in track and field events including javelin, long jump, shot put, 100m dash, 400m dash and relays….

Author: Catherine Twing

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