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Get Fit! Feel Good! December Blog

Staying Healthy & Fit for the Holiday Season! Did you know that December 2 -8 is National Hand Washing Awareness Week? Although many of us were taught as kids to wash our hands before dinner, it’s important to remember germs don’t care what time of day it is. Having clean hands can prevent sickness which especially important during the winter!! Doing it Right- Experts recommend washing your hands with soap and clean water for at least 20 seconds making sure to get in-between your fingers and under your nails. Once finished be sure to use a clean towel to dry your…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Busy Fundraising Weekend – $250,000 raised!

Kicking off the holiday season, people all across Massachusetts showed their generosity, helping to raise $250,000 for Special Olympics Massachusetts at 7 events across the Commonwealth! The first weekend in December was a successful fundraising weekend for Special Olympics Massachusetts. On Saturday December 1, Pittsfield kicked off their 9th annual Cop on Top Fundraiser at the Pittsfield Walmart, raising $30,200 in just one day! They followed that up with another $15,000 on a chilly, wet Sunday for a grand total of $45,000. Chicopee also held a Cop on Top event on Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and…

Author: Catherine Twing

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November Blog- Tips for Staying Healthy at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a day where we gather with friends and family to give thanks. Thanksgiving is also a day that often revolves around food and begins a long food-filled holiday season.  For those that have a fitness goal or are working towards healthier habits, Thanksgiving might feel like more of a battle than anything else. According to the article Wellness Warriors of Wayne State University a recent study found that on average most people only gain about 1 pound over the entire holiday season (Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day).  So there is no reason to stress about weight gain…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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2019 Special Olympics USA World Games team announced!

Special Olympics USA has announced the delegation heading to the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. Over 300 athletes and coaches will travel to the UAE in March to compete in the first ever World Games to take place in the Middle East. Among this group are 15 athletes and coaches from Massachusetts! See the roster and link to photos below. Basketball: Colin Davidson, Athlete, Northborough Ryan Dixon, Athlete, Shrewsbury Zachary Englehart, Athlete, Worcester Merrill Englehart, Coach, Worcester Joseph Jamros, Athlete, Shrewsbury Matt Millett, Athlete, Spencer Brian Mills, Athlete, Northborough Bill O’Brien III, Coach, Shrewsbury Liam O’Brien…

Author: Catherine Twing

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2018 Special Olympics North America Tennis Championship

Last week, the Handi Racket Tennis team from Massachusetts competed in the 2018 Special Olympics North America Tennis Championship. The athletes representing Massachusetts competed in the highest level of Special Olympics tennis competition. The Special Olympics North America Tennis Championship took place at Hilton Head Island October 18-21. Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and Special Olympics South Carolina hosted the 19th annual competition at the Van Der Meer Racquet Club at Shipyard Plantation. Athletes from 11 states competed in singles, doubles and Special Olympics Unified Sports® competition. The team from Massachusetts included athletes Sidharth Datar, Nicolas Desmond, Liz Fossum, Chris…

Author: Catherine Twing

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2018 Unified Basketball Season in Full Swing

The 2018 Unified Basketball season kicked off in early October, this year with 56 teams across the state! The most we’ve ever had! Among those teams, 17 are new to Unified Sports and 14 have done Unified Sports, but this is their first season doing Unified Basketball. These teams are showing their communities the power of inclusion through sports,and local media have taken notice! Check out some of the great news coverage: On October 12, Wahconah Regional High School hosted Mount Greylock Regional High School for Berkshire County’s first Unified Basketball game iBerkshires, “Mount Greylock, Wahconah Add Unified Basketball…

Author: Catherine Twing

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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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