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Meet Maya Cat: A story about acceptance

Looking for a fun way to teach kids, or anyone, about the importance of inclusion and acceptance? Check out “Meet Maya Cat: a story about acceptance.” Written by Lauren Beader, a Special Olympics Massachusetts coach and program coordinator for Yellow Jackets Gymnastics, this picture book stars the Instagram-famous cat Maya who was born with a chromosomal abnormality. “Written to normalize physical, developmental, and emotional disabilities or conditions of all kinds, this book can open everyone’s eyes to the idea that every life deserves love and acceptance,” the book description on Amazon reads. “It encourages children to treat others as…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Berkshire County Arc athlete oldest competitor at Senior Sports Classic

Some adults might consider their athletic careers over after their 20’s or 30’s, but Edward Therrien of Pittsfield is still competing as a Special Olympics Massachusetts athlete at the age of 80. Born May 23, 1938, Ed is the oldest athlete on the Berkshire County ARC (BCARC) Titans team and held the title of oldest competitor at the annual Special Olympics Massachusetts Senior Sports Classic on October 13 in Hyannis. Ed and his teammates joined over 150 athletes from across the state last weekend to participate in the annual event, held at Barnstable High School. The Senior Sports Classic…

Author: Catherine Twing

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VIP Experience with Bank of America

The four Zamansky Brothers, Eric, Andrew, Alex and Noah are known for their successes on the Flag Football field, and Bank of America is doing their part to help the four be successful in the professional world as well. On September 12, Bank of America offered the four brothers a day of professional development and career exploration followed by a Red Sox game. The brothers and Bank of America are Champions for 50 partners, a special partnership celebrating Special Olympics 50th Anniversary where organizations team up with athletes to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Massachusetts. The brothers…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Get your very own Boston Bruins B Inclusive t-shirt!

B a part of the Team, B Inclusive We’re excited to share the news (which hopefully you have heard) that the Boston Bruins Foundation has pledged $1 Million to Special Olympics Massachusetts over the next three years. The goal is to promote our organizations’ shared values of inclusion, instilling confidence, and health and wellness. Get your very own Boston Bruins B Inclusive shirt and continue to spread the mission of inclusion and acceptance. Now that the Boston Bruins Foundation has officially kicked off their partnership with Special Olympics Massachusetts, you can show your support for both amazing organizations with…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Boston Bruins Home Opener features Special Olympics Massachusetts

The puck drop at the Boston Bruins home opener on October 8 symbolized more than just the beginning of a new season of hockey in Boston, and more than the beginning of a winning game against the Ottawa Senators. The ceremonial puck drop, done by Special Olympics Massachusetts President and CEO Mary Beth McMahon with the help of Unified partner Betame DeBono and athletes Beth Donahue, Ned Reichenbach and John Dunleavy, represented just how important the new partnership between the Boston Bruins Foundation and Special Olympics Massachusetts really is. For the home opener, the Boston Bruins Foundation 50/50 Raffle…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Get Fit! Feel Good!

October Means Halloween & More Fall Fun! With Halloween approaching, stores have already begun stocking up and displaying our favorite decorations and that includes lots of candy. With candy on every corner, resisting those sweet cravings becomes challenging and many times we lose sight of our fitness/ health goals. This Halloween, stay on track with these helpful tips: Sugar – What it Does to You & Ways to Avoid the Cravings From: NASM: Surviving the Terror of Halloween Candy Most people know that in order to have a healthy diet, avoiding candy or having it in small and occasional…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Salute to Special Olympics at the Big E

The last day of The Big E for 2018 was filled with 400 smiling faces on Salute to Special Olympics Day. Salute to Special Olympics Day is traditionally the last day of the 17-day fair and includes the awarding of the Don Dowd Award, bocce and cheerleading demonstrations and the daily parade. Salute to Special Olympics Day 2018 on September 30 began with the opening ceremony emceed by Miss of Massachusetts, Alyssa Hammond, with remarks from Greg Chiecko of The Big E. Board Member Frank Quigley announced this year’s recipient of the Don Dowd Award, longtime coach John Ford from…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Special Olympics celebrates 50 years at Champions for 50 Celebration

Friends and supporters of Special Olympics gathered at the JFK Library on Thursday September 27 for the Special Olympics Champions for 50 Celebration, hosted by Special Olympics Massachusetts. The celebration recognized the achievement of the past 50 years of Special Olympics, and also the Partners for 50, corporate sponsors who are committed to supporting the movement into the future. Dozens of Special Olympics athletes, some of whom have been participating for nearly all 50 years, were a main part of the evening. Following a VIP and welcome reception, the night’s program began with an introduction from Special Olympics Massachusetts…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Thrive and Special Olympics Empower Athletes with support from the community

Thrive Support & Advocacy empowers more than 500 children and adults in the Metrowest area with developmental disabilities to lead rich, active, and self-directed lives. With more than 75 Thrive athletes participating in sports throughout the year, Special Olympics is a vital aspect of that empowerment. Through Special Olympics Massachusetts events and competitions, Thrivers demonstrate to themselves and the community that when the focus is on ability, you can do great things. For Thriver and athlete Matthew McCarthy, participating in Special Olympics has given him opportunities he could never have imagined. “The sports that I participate in through Thrive…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Palmer students receive national Special Olympics grant

Students with and without disabilities at Palmer High School will soon be cooking and learning about nutrition together, thanks to a Special Olympics International Youth Innovation Grant. Nineteen student-led inclusion initiatives in communities across the United States, including Palmer High School, are the inaugural recipients of the grants. Funding from the grant aims to advance a broad range of inclusion initiatives in Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools. Chelsea Lopes and Maygen James, two student leaders from Palmer High School, proposed their idea for a Unified Cooking class, to be taught by Palmer teacher Paul Holloway, and have been awarded…

Author: Catherine Twing

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