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Special Olympics MA named official fundraising partner of B.A.A. 5K

December 6, 2019 —The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that Special Olympics Massachusetts has been named the Official Fundraising Partner of the B.A.A. 5K. Using the power of sport to bring people together, Special Olympics Massachusetts will feature a fundraising team at next year’s B.A.A. 5K, to be held on Saturday, April 18 – two days prior to the 124th running of the Boston Marathon. First run in 2009, the B.A.A. 5K annually features 10,000 participants from around the globe running through Boston’s Back Bay neighborhoods, starting and finishing at Boston Common. It is the first race of…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Your favorite moments of 2019!

What an incredible year 2019 has been! We asked everyone on social media to share their favorite moments with us and we got some great responses. Here’s what you all shared as your favorite moments of the year: Nick Johnson Program: Haverhill Stars Favorite Moment: “My favorite moment was when me and my brother Brett were featured by the Boston Bruins as their athlete spotlight, getting personalized jerseys and being in the Jumbotron!” Theresa Jenkins Program: Hampshire Heat Favorite Moments: “Celebrating the Gold, Brotherly love style,” and “Watching my son Caleb, who has been a partner for 8 years…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Unified Champion Schools receive One Small Candle Award

On November 23rd Plymouth 400 Inc. held its 5th annual Illuminate Thanksgiving program. This year’s theme was inclusion. “This inspirational event celebrates youth, inclusivity and the act of giving thanks by giving back to your community and to the world around you,” according to a press release from organizers. The event includes a presentation of “Who Illuminates Your Life” essay contest winners and the “One Small Candle” award ceremony. This award is presented to an individual or group who touches the lives of many and this year the award went to Special Olympics Massachusetts and the Unified Sports teams…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Why I’m Thankful

Here at Special Olympics Massachusetts, we have a lot to be thankful for. We are thankful for the incredible support we see every day in every community across our amazing commonwealth. We are thankful for our coaches like Kate and Jon Dyer. They have taken the lead in the Bridgewater/Raynham area and provide year-round programming for athletes and Unified partners. We are thankful for parents like Gina Donahue who supports her daughter Beth’s goals of being a Special Olympics Health Messenger, athletes, global messenger, and all-around athlete leader. We are thankful for our sports partners like the Boston Bruins…

Author: Catherine Twing

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2020 Nantasket Polar Plunge

One of the longest standing plunges: Nantasket Polar Plunge Did you know the Nantasket Polar Plunge started in 1996? This plunge will be 24 years old in 2020! Not only are you participating in one of the oldest plunges Special Olympics Massachusetts Plunges, it’s also one of the most beautiful located at the beach in Hull, MA! Check out this video from the Nantasket Plunge in 2012! Were you there?   Register Here!     Details: February 29th, 2020 Nantasket Beach, Hull MA Registration opens at 10:00 AM

Author: Meghan O'Neil

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2020 Marlborough Polar Plunge

Join us for a Plunge that is very close to home – or should we say close to work- for our Special Olympics Massachusetts staff. This plunge takes place right in our parking lot on Forest Street in Marlborough. What makes it unique? In Marlborough we don’t jump into a lake or ocean, we jump out of a moving truck (parked of course) and into a pool of ice cold water. Plungers then come inside to get warm and enjoy food and awards inside our office at the Yawkey Sports Training Center. This plunge is hosted by the Marlborough…

Author: Catherine Twing

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2020 Natick Passion Plunge

Join us for the first plunge of the 2020 Season! The Natick Passion Plunge, gets its name from the time of year. The Plunge is always held close to Valentine’s Day and is hosted by the AMVETS Department of Massachusetts. What makes it unique? Plungers really take brrrraaavvvving the cold to a whole new level because THIS body of water has to be SAWED open for participants to plunge. They first take out the chainsaws the day before, but need to saw the ice at least TWO more times before the plunge even starts! Don’t forget the awesome raffle prizes…

Author: Meghan O'Neil

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Get Fit! Feel Good! October’s Blog

Recap of September’s Blog: Connecting with Nature. As we learned in September’s blog, connecting with nature can provide many health benefits! Nature can improve our overall mood, supports our physical health, and helps lower stress and anxiety.  We spend too many hours in front of screens it’s important to remind ourselves to take the time and enjoy the outdoors. October’s Wellness Goal: Change it up! What exactly does change it up mean? Well many of us are creatures of habit, we schedule our lives down to the very last minute and many times it will consist of doing the same…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Team represents Massachusetts at National Tennis Tournament

10 athletes and 3 Unified partners represented Special Olympics Massachusetts at the Special Olympics North America Tennis Championship October 17-19, 2019. The athletes, partners and their coaches traveled to Hilton Head Isle, South Carolina to compete alongside 160 Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners, representing 11 U.S. and Latin American programs. The weekend began with a Unified experience and Opening Ceremony. Athletes then competed in singles matches and in Unified doubles on Friday and Saturday. Unified means that athletes with an intellectual disability and a Unified partner without a disability compete together. In the case of Unified doubles, one…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Unified Champion Schools Spirit Contest!

We have challenged all 100+ Unified Champion Schools in Massachusetts to show us their school spirit! Each school received two posters to proudly display, recognizing that they are a Unified Champion School. You can learn more about Unified Champion Schools on our website! We received many fantastic entries, but had to choose just a few finalists. Now it’s your turn to choose our winning school! Visit our poll to cast your vote. You can vote once per day. The winning school will be announced on Monday October 28th, 2019 and will receive a pep rally kit! Join our schools…

Author: Catherine Twing

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