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Stay Fit With SOMA- Week of 3/30

  Every week we’ll be posting exercise videos, nutrition tips, and more on our blog to provide you with opportunities to stay fit and active even at home! Plus – if you commit to stay fit you’ll receive access to our athlete fitness dashboard, daily wellness goals, fitness videos, live fitness class, giveaways and more! Commit to Stay Fit! Exercise of the week! – Planks! The exercise of the week is a plank demonstrated by Special Olympics Massachusetts athlete and Global Health Messenger Beth Donahue. Planks are a great way to strengthen your core and can also be modified…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Fighting boredom with physical activity

Staying Active at Home – Mike Kelley Whenever I am not in classes or was given a day off from my part-time job, I think about what to do to keep myself busy. There is that thought that watching movies or tv shows on Netflix can keep me entertained along with playing games like Banjo-Kazooie or Madden on my game consoles. However, coming from an athletic family there is the option to keep yourself active and healthy. If I did not have this as an option to keep me busy, then I would be lying on my couch all…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Stay Fit With SOMA – Week of 3/23

Every week we’ll be posting exercise videos, nutrition tips, and more on our blog to provide you with opportunities to stay fit and active even at home! Plus – if you commit to stay fit you’ll receive access to our athlete fitness dashboard with daily wellness goals, fitness videos, giveaways and more! Commit to Stay Fit! The exercise of the week is a push up, demonstrated by Special Olympics Massachusetts athlete and Global Health Messenger Beth Donahue. Push ups are a great exercise that work on your upper body. We challenge you to take a video of you doing…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Dear Special Olympics Massachusetts Friends & Family, We wanted to share an update on how the coronavirus (COVID-19) will be affecting our organization over the next few months. Because this is a new challenge for us all, we have developed a plan through the Spring Sports Season.  In light of the new recommendations shared by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that large public gatherings be cancelled or postponed, Special Olympics Massachusetts will take the following actions:  Cancelling or postponing all Special Olympics Massachusetts events and trainings through May 9, 2020. This…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Experiencing Winter Games – Mike Kelley

“As long as you’re having fun competing and giving your best, that’s all that matters.” When you win a championship it’s considered a crowning achievement and you have a great outlook on your athletic career. On the other hand, there are times when you make the championship but you come up short. Overall, you look at how far you came based on the hard work and dedication you put in and no matter what the results are, you can feel proud of the experience. One example is the experience of competing in the Special Olympics Winter Games.   Every…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Fitness at home!

Sports practices may be cancelled, but you can still focus on your health and fitness right at home and be ready to go when practices start up again. Our exercise of the week is the seated twist! Watch as athlete and global health messenger Beth Donahue demonstrates the seated twist. This is a great ab work out! Post your pictures and videos of you doing the seated twist at home and tag #StayFitWithSOMA. Bonus! For even more exercise tips and videos, commit to staying fit at home. Fill out and submit the form below and receive the link to…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Unified Sports in Schools

Unified sports is a program that allows students with disabilities to get involved in sports as well as interact with students who do not have a disability. Unified Sports in schools, high schools, middle schools, or elementary schools is the kind of program that can make a student with a disability feel included, spread awareness, and help change the life of any athlete that participates on the program. In 2016, my alma mater, Auburn High School, established their Unified Sports program to help promote inclusion and respect for their students who have an intellectual or physical disability. The program…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Boston – A special place to run

We asked our Xtra Mile Boston Marathon® runners where the coolest place they ever ran was. Many of them actually said Boston is their favorite place to run! Read some of their responses below: Boston/Massachusetts: Tim McLaughlin “This will be my 4th Boston Marathon and 8th marathon overall. I have to say…nothing…nothing…beats running the Boston Marathon. The crowd is like no other. The energy is amazing.” Nikki Grifone “I love that I am local and I am able to train on the Boston Marathon course so frequently- it is a pretty surreal feeling!” Greg Schwartz “When I was training…

Author: Catherine Twing

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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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