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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

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 100 freestyle,” Ricky proudly shares. Over…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Wellness Wednesday with Beth

  Introducing Wellness Wednesday with Beth Donahue! As a freshly minted Special Olympics Health Messenger, Beth will be helping to share wellness tips to make sure we are all staying healthy during and in-between sports seasons. In addition to regular sport specific training, general wellness can play a part in an even more healthy lifestyle. By working out and eating well, you will be more healthy and a better athlete when it comes time to compete! In the inaugural episode, Beth along with her workout partners, Gina and Gregg, teach her audience the squat. With proper technique the squat…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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UniBank Community Giving Program

The Special Olympics Massachusetts Shrewsbury Local Program has been selected by UniBank as a beneficiary in their Community Giving Program as they celebrate the opening of their 14th branch at 193 Boston Turnpike in the new Lakeway Commons plaza (at the former site of Spag’s) in Shrewsbury. Beginning at the branch’s grand opening on October 4th and running through November 15th, community members can stop into the branch and vote for their favorite charity. UniBank has set aside $11,000 for this program to express how committed they are to the communities they serve. Special Olympics has wonderful connections in town…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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10 Years of Cruiser Convoy!

  This past June, Special Olympics Massachusetts celebrated their 10th year of the Cruiser Convoy, an event that goes hand in hand with The Law Enforcement Torch Run®. LETR is a year-round fundraising and awareness building program, designed to allow members of the law enforcement community the opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes who live, work and compete in their local communities. The Cruiser Convoy started here in Massachusetts and now takes place every June in conjunction with Summer Games. Law Enforcement officers from all over the state will start at one of three points, each one representing the north, south…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Doreen Britton

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern “If you’re not living on the edge you’re just taking up space!” Running for 35 years, Doreen Britton has participated in over 20 races, including a mud run, an inflatable obstacle run, several sprint triathlons, a 64-mile bike ride and 3 previous Falmouth Road Races. Doreen has been active with Special Olympics for many years and is currently a coach for bowling in the winter and track and field in the spring. Special Olympics is something Doreen loves to be apart of, especially with her job as a special education teacher…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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Partners On and Off the Field

I have been playing competitive sports for as long as I can remember. First it was soccer, then field hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, track and just about every other team sport out there. My favorite aspect of team sports is that atmosphere of being in a competitive environment where you are working together with your peers to compete for a common goal, whether to just have fun, or sometimes to win. The type of connections and friendships that are made through team sports can’t be forged in many other places, which is why it is essential that the opportunity  to…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Jill Stone

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern Growing up in Hanover, MA and spending her summers on the Cape, Jill Stone has run the Falmouth Road Race in both 2014 and 2015, and is very happy to be back running this year for Special Olympics Xtra Mile Team with her best friend, Elizabeth Downs. Motivated by Special Olympics Massachusetts athlete Andrew Lawson, Elizabeth’s cousin, as well as her husband’s cousin, Seth Dame who is a Special Olympics Rhode Island athlete, Jill is running for #LawsonStrong and #SethStrong. “Andrew and Seth are two of the sweetest guys you’ll ever…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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The Mind of an Intern: Q&A Edition

Ryan Vazza is an intern for Special Olympics Massachusetts through the Bank of America Student Leader Program. This program pairs juniors and seniors with nonprofits and allows them to work with these organizations for the summer. In addition, the program brings Student Leaders from across the country to Washington, D.C for a week-long summit filled with speakers, lessons, and learning. This is his reflection on his experience.  Describe Special Olympics Massachusetts’s mission in your own words. Special Olympics Massachusetts’s mission can be described in three words; equality through sports. Sports serve as a portal into the real world. They are…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Tanya Sullivan

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern Tanya Sullivan’s involvement with Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) started about 5 years ago when her son, William, was asked to take part in the Five Town School Day Games where he and many other school aged athletes were able to compete in a specific sport-themed event. With the day filled with excitement, dedication and even a surprise special guest, Tanya says it was a day she will never forget. “Last year, Rob Gronkowski (yes, Gronk!) surprised everyone by showing up in Ashland to run football plays with every athlete at the…

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