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Youth Ambassador has eye-opening experience at Schools Conference

Elyse Whittemore is a junior at Auburn High School and was selected as a 2019 Special Olympics U.S. Youth Ambassador. She attended the Special Olympics Schools Conference in San Diego California, February 2019 along with fellow Youth Ambassador Sydney Meininger and their mentor Alison Deluca. Wow.  The only word to describe the 2019 Unified Champion Schools Conference in San Diego, California.  The experience of attending this conference was eye-opening, life changing, and one I, along with my fellow Youth Leaders will never forget.  The Youth Leader portion of the conference was three days long and packed with workshops, general…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Tim McLaughlin

Tim McLaughlin is a Pennsylvania native, from Collegeville, who now lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania with his wife and their four children.  Both Collegeville and Wynnewood are just outside of Philadelphia.  Besides his obvious enjoyment of running, Tim really enjoys spending his time with his family.  Whether it’s working out, playing golf, skiing, or other sports he loves being able to spend quality time with his family.  Tim and his family also really enjoy traveling.  Every aspect of the amazing city of Boston reminds Tim of Philadelphia.  There’s not just one thing that seems to remind him of Philadelphia.  It’s everything,…

Author: Jillian Neal

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Get Fit ! Feel Good! February Blog

Reflecting On January’s Wellness Goal: Let’s start off this month’s blog by recapping/ reflecting January’s wellness goal = get moving.  How do you think it went? Great? Good? Could have done better? No matter how you felt about January’s wellness goal, continue to improve and increase your physical activity! Remember these tips to help you get moving! Getting moving/ getting more physical activity is a broad goal. Try to make smaller more specific goals during this month such as walking an extra 100 steps a day, going on a walk during lunch every day, be able to walk a certain…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Special Olympics MA benefits from Gatorade Play it Forward 2019

Barnstable High School student-athlete awards Special Olympics Massachusetts Grant through Gatorade Barnstable High School senior and Massachusetts Volleyball Gatorade State Player of the Year, Riley James, awarded Special Olympics Massachusetts with a $1,000 grant to help accomplish our mission of promoting inclusion and providing sports and wellness opportunities to individuals with intellectual disabilities. James is the ninth Gatorade Massachusetts Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from Barnstable High School. Sports have seen a double-digit decline over the past decade, largely due to tighter budgets in communities, but young people that participate in sports are found to be happier,…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Sabrina Goebel

Sabrina Goebel grew up in Westborough, Massachusetts.  Currently, she is a senior at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.  Up until this year, Sabrina played on Bentley’s Women’s Lacrosse team.  Without lacrosse in her life anymore, Sabrina still enjoys fitness and working out.  Which in turn allows her to continue living a healthy lifestyle.  Sabrina has lived just 30 minutes outside of Boston her whole life.  This past summer, she worked in the city and she has gone to school in the city for the last four years. A motto that Sabrina chooses to live her life by is “Never stop…

Author: Jillian Neal

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Massachusetts students named US Youth Ambassadors

Two Massachusetts students have been selected as part of the 2019 Class of Unified Champion Schools US Youth Ambassadors. Sydney Meininger and Elyse Whittemore were selected to be a part of the Youth Ambassador Initiative along with 10 other young adults with and without intellectual disabilities from across the country. These passionate leaders will receive training, speak at events and conferences, as well as explore topics that will inspire new ideas to promote inclusion. Both Sydney and Elyse, along with Mentor Ali Deluca of Auburn High School, will be traveling to San Diego in February for leadership training with…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Milford athlete selected for NBA Cares

Ashley Aldrich got quite a surprise one December morning as she reported to her job at Milford High School. The Special Olympics athlete who volunteers daily in the school’s Special Education department was greeted with an exciting message: “You’re going to NBA Cares!” The NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports Experience is an annual event as part of NBA All-Stars. A select number of athletes from around the world compete in a Unified game alongside NBA and WNBA legends. The athletes apply to be a part of this event including a video where they talk about their experience with basketball…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Eric Spindt

Eric Spindt is a Southern California native who now lives in Framingham, Massachusetts with his wife, three kids, and their two dogs.  Besides his love of running, Eric enjoys any activity that involves spending time with his family.  It doesn’t matter what the activity may be, whether it’s skiing in the winter or golfing in the summer.  As long as Eric’s having a good time with his family, he’s able to enjoy and cherish the time that they get to spend together.  Eric originally moved to Boston in 1994 to study at Brandeis University.  He moved to Oregon for…

Author: Jillian Neal

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Get Fit! Feel Good! January Blog

Happy New Years! 2019 has finally arrived meaning this is your chance to hit the reset button and start fresh on your health and wellness goals or resolutions. I mean what better time to start than the beginning of a new year!  New Year, New Goals! Experts says it takes about 21 days to form a habit and I know that living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight, it takes small changes over a period of time. Trying to start a fitness routine, eat healthier, and break a bad habit (such as smoking, eating fast food or drinking soda)…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Student grows Unified programs in Boston Public Schools

Kaylie DeCosmo has a goal to grow Unified programming in Boston Public Schools, and with the help of Special Olympics, she’s going to make it a reality. A native of Derry, New Hampshire and a Health Science (Pre-Med track) student at Northeastern University, Kaylie was recently awarded a $2,000 Special Olympics Youth Innovation Grant to develop her project. She is among 142 students globally to receive this round of Youth Innovation Grants, funding 84 projects. According to Special Olympics International, “This diverse cohort of youth leaders represent 53 countries and span all seven regions of the global Special Olympics movement.”…

Author: Catherine Twing

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