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2020 Pittsfield Super & Polar Plunge

Join us for the only Super Plunge in Massachusetts! Do you think you can plunge 24 times in 24 hours?! Join us for Berkshire County’s only Polar Plunge to find out. What’s so unique about this Plunge? Pittsfield Police Department hosts this one of a kind event for Special Olympics Massachusetts! On Saturday, Super Plungers will start their challenge of 24 plunges in 24 hours. On Sunday morning, more Plungers will join the Super Plungers for their final plunge. All of these Plunges happen right in a man-made pool at Bousquet Ski Area. Will you Plunge 24 times or…

Author: Ellie Gamache

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Joseph Hocter knows how to stay busy

Joseph Hocter Jr. likes to stay busy. REALLY busy. In 2019 Joseph trained in 7 different Special Olympics sports, worked out at a boxing gym weekly, fundraised for Special Olympics Massachusetts, attended NortheastArc programs, was a member of local organizations AND worked at Crosby’s Marketplace in Marblehead. At age 35, he has been participating in Special Olympics for 24 years since he first began swimming at age 11. In 2019 he trained in track & field, basketball, bocce, bowling, flag football, golf and power lifting.  Only 3 other athletes in Massachusetts, out of over 14,000, trained in as many sports…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Special Olympics Massachusetts & 98.5 the Sports Hub Announce Partnership

BOSTON, MA (2/13/20): Beasley Media Group, LLC; a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI) announces 98.5 the Sports Hub has entered into a multi-year partnership with Special Olympics Massachusetts. The collaboration between the station and the non-profit organization will be instrumental in helping to raise funds, recruit volunteers and support all major programs, such as the Summer Games, scheduled to take place June 12th through 14th at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Boston. “We could not be more thrilled to team up with the premier sports radio station in Boston,” said President & CEO Mary Beth McMahon. “The…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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From Athlete to Coach

My Experience as a Coach – Mike Kelley There comes a point when an athlete hangs up their playing shoes and questions what they could do next in their lives. After thinking about it for some period of time, there is that choice to become a coach and pass along their experience on the sport to younger athletes. When that time came for me, I knew that coaching could be an option to think about and that it was my calling. If I didn’t think about being a coach, I don’t know what I would do when I stopped…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Gregg Gallant’s Story – Natick Passion Plunge 2020

Hello, I’m Gregg and I am very excited to be part of your plunge today in support of Special Olympics. Special Olympics Massachusetts offers 23 amazing sports over 4 seasons, as an athlete I compete in four of those: Alpine skiing in the winter, volleyball in the spring, softball in the summer and soccer in the fall. I would love to be able to play every sport…..but let’s be honest, I’m not superman.  For over 50 years Special Olympics has included and given the opportunities to many of my fellow athletes that they have never dreamed of. Through the…

Author: Meghan O'Neil

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My experience in Special Olympics

My experience in Special Olympics – Why it’s become important in my life. There comes a time when after you first join something, you never know what might happen until you notice changes in your life down the road. Although change is a tough thing to go along with, it does feel great when it’s based on choices made. For me, being an athlete in Special Olympics was one choice that helped me make a change. Without Special Olympics, I don’t know what I would be to this day. The decision to become a Special Olympics athlete was something…

Author: Catherine Twing

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2020 Lakeville Polar Plunge

Join us for this fun annual plunge in a new location! Plunge into Lakeville’s Clear Pond Park at the 2020 Lakeville Polar Plunge, formerly the New Bedford Polar Plunge! What’s so unique about this Plunge? The Lakeville Polar Plunge brings the entire community together to Plunge into Clear Pond! Put together by Greater New Bedford Special Olympics and Lakeville Police Union, it is a region-wide event! This Plunge is growing rapidly and you can help us make it even bigger at this new location. Come hang out with law enforcement, enjoy local food, and support athletes! Want to show…

Author: Ellie Gamache

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2020 Harwich Polar Plunge

Join us for this FIRST TIME plunge! That’s right we have a brand new Polar Plunge in 2020 and want you to be the a part of the inaugural group of plungers! What’s so unique about this Plunge? The Harwich Polar Plunge is among our NEWEST Plunges! We’ve had so much fun all over the state and now we’re bringing that fun to the Cape! Law Enforcement from across the Cape will be participating and so can you! Want to show us how brrrrave you are? Be Bold. Get Cold. This winter during the March 14th Harwich Polar Plunge! Register…

Author: Ellie Gamache

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The Marathon is About Family

When Aimee Dubois runs the Boston Marathon® on the Xtra Mile team in April, she’ll be doing more than accomplishing a personal goal. “The marathon is for me, but it’s also for my Aunt Celeste, my Papa and the 13,326 other athletes,” she said. “On days I don’t feel like going on a run, I remember that it is so much greater than me.” Growing up she would watch her Aunt Celeste compete in Special Olympics events at home on the Cape and at Summer Games in Boston. Her grandmother was a longtime volunteer until she passed away when…

Author: Catherine Twing

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New Year, New Wellness Goals!

With the new year comes new goals! New Year’s resolutions can seem so daunting. How are you going to do something consistently for a whole year?? Here are some tips for sticking with your 2020 wellness and fitness goals: Try breaking your resolutions into more specific actions. Instead of “exercise more,” your resolution could be “take a walk every Wednesday.” Instead of a broad goal to “drink more water” you could get an app that reminds you to drink water throughout the day. Make monthly resolutions. In January you could focus on drinking more water. In February, work on…

Author: Catherine Twing

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