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Special Olympics North America (SONA) Move Challenge

Special Olympics North America (SONA) Move Challenge Challenge Details WHAT: Special Olympics North America presents the SONA Move Challenge, an 8-week movement challenge to see how many minutes of exercise participants can complete each week. WHO: Participants will have the choice of competing as an Individual (Special Olympics athletes only), Doubles (traditional or Unified), or as part of a Team (traditional or Unified, 3-10 people total). Unified teams must be at least 25% athletes and 25% Unified partners.   Registration Date: Participant registration opens February 15 and closes March 14. Challenge Date: The challenge BEGINS March 15 – May 9, 2021.  …

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Special Olympics Massachusetts Announces new Exclusive Special Needs Trust Partner

Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of Massachusetts and Rhode Island (PLAN of MA & RI) makes a $100,000 commitment to Special Olympics Massachusetts to provide resources and promote inclusion. Special Olympics Massachusetts and Planned Lifetime Assistance Network (PLAN of MA & RI) announce a first of its kind Exclusive Partnership. Special Olympics athletes and their families will get access to PLAN of MA & RI educational webinars and resources to help with future financial planning. In addition, PLAN f MA & RI will provide training to Special Olympics staff members to better speak with families about the importance of sound…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Robins Kaplan Golf Tournament Provides Critical Funds

In 2020, a lot of events had to be canceled including many of our in-person fundraisers. We are incredibly thankful to the team at Robins Kaplan LLP for getting creative with their annual golf tournament. Not only did they work within the state guidelines to ensure a safe tournament and a great day on the course for all of the golfers, the team ensured many of the annual traditions continued – even if they had to be adjusted to fit into this new virtual environment. Each year the company welcomes sponsors, partners, employees and friends to the historic Myopia…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Retired Attleboro Police Chief Receives International Recognition

Richard Pierce Awarded the John Carion ‘Unsung Hero’ Award for 30 Years of Dedication to Special Olympics Massachusetts  On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, Retired Attleboro Police Chief Richard ‘Rick’ Pierce was awarded the 2020 John Carion ‘Unsung Hero’ Award by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics International Executive Council. The John Carion Award was established in 1997 to honor the memory of Sergeant John Carion from the Sterling Heights Police Department in Michigan, USA, and serves to recognize outstanding individuals who have contributed to the success of the Law Enforcement Torch Run on a local, state or community level.  Chief Pierce has been involved with Special Olympics Massachusetts…

Author: Meghan O'Neil

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Return to Play Activities Leaderboard 12/11/2020

Although not every sport and activity is possible right now due to Covid-19, teams and individual athletes have the opportunity to participate in Return to Play Challenges from home. Check out the weekly leaderboard of participants below who have submitted results for the July through November Return to Play Challenge! Leaderboard will be updated every Friday as we receive new submissions. Results can be sent directly to Ops@SpecialOlympicsMA.org, or through the Return to Play Online Submission Form. Participants can submit results as frequently or infrequently as they want. The challenge will end on November 30th. Top 10: Bernard Robinson…

Author: Deepa Ananth

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Return to Play Activities Leaderboard 12/02/2020

Although not every sport and activity is possible right now due to Covid-19, teams and individual athletes have the opportunity to participate in Return to Play Challenges from home. Check out the weekly leaderboard of participants below who have submitted results for the July through November Return to Play Challenge! Leaderboard will be updated every Friday as we receive new submissions. Results can be sent directly to Ops@SpecialOlympicsMA.org, or through the Return to Play Online Submission Form. Participants can submit results as frequently or infrequently as they want. The challenge will end on November 30th. Top 10: Bernard Robinson…

Author: Deepa Ananth

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Staying Fit With SOMA 11/23

Having a Happy& Healthy Thanksgiving Thanksgiving this year might look a little different but no matter what its important that we have a healthy and safe day!  Here are some useful tips that will allow you to enjoy Thanksgivings while staying safe, healthy and not losing sight of your fitness goal. Do Something Active During The Day-   Just because your going to eat potatoes doesn’t mean you should be a couch potato! Do your regular gym session, go for a walk, run, bike, hike, or play catch football (socially distant)! Sign Up for the Special Olympics Massachusetts Virtual…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Return to Play Activities Leaderboard 11/20/2020

Although not every sport and activity is possible right now due to Covid-19, teams and individual athletes have the opportunity to participate in Return to Play Challenges from home. Check out the weekly leaderboard of participants below who have submitted results for the July through November Return to Play Challenge! Leaderboard will be updated every Friday as we receive new submissions. Results can be sent directly to Ops@SpecialOlympicsMA.org, or through the Return to Play Online Submission Form. Participants can submit results as frequently or infrequently as they want. The challenge will end on November 30th. Top 10: Bernard Robinson…

Author: Deepa Ananth

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Return to Play Activities Leaderboard 11/13/2020

Although not every sport and activity is possible right now due to Covid-19, teams and individual athletes have the opportunity to participate in Return to Play Challenges from home. Check out the weekly leaderboard of participants below who have submitted results for the July through November Return to Play Challenge! Leaderboard will be updated every Friday as we receive new submissions. Results can be sent directly to Ops@SpecialOlympicsMA.org, or through the Return to Play Online Submission Form. Participants can submit results as frequently or infrequently as they want. The challenge will end on November 30th. Top 10: Natesha Connor…

Author: Deepa Ananth

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Coach Spotlight – Micah Barshay

Micah Barshay – Brookline Recreation   “Micah is extremely dedicated to all of the athletes and the program. He is kind, encourages us to work hard, and is very supportive. During this pandemic, Micah has gone above and beyond to help all of us get through this together. He has encouraged us to stay connected through Zoom calls and kept us updated about all of the activities Special Olympics offered. Micah helped me become a volunteer in the young athletes program this year. I love it and am very thankful to him. He has made an impact on many…

Author: Catherine Twing

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