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Partners On and Off the Field

I have been playing competitive sports for as long as I can remember. First it was soccer, then field hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, track and just about every other team sport out there. My favorite aspect of team sports is that atmosphere of being in a competitive environment where you are working together with your peers to compete for a common goal, whether to just have fun, or sometimes to win. The type of connections and friendships that are made through team sports can’t be forged in many other places, which is why it is essential that the opportunity  to…

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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Jill Stone

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern Growing up in Hanover, MA and spending her summers on the Cape, Jill Stone has run the Falmouth Road Race in both 2014 and 2015, and is very happy to be back running this year for Special Olympics Xtra Mile Team with her best friend, Elizabeth Downs. Motivated by Special Olympics Massachusetts athlete Andrew Lawson, Elizabeth’s cousin, as well as her husband’s cousin, Seth Dame who is a Special Olympics Rhode Island athlete, Jill is running for #LawsonStrong and #SethStrong. “Andrew and Seth are two of the sweetest guys you’ll ever…

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The Mind of an Intern: Q&A Edition

Ryan Vazza is an intern for Special Olympics Massachusetts through the Bank of America Student Leader Program. This program pairs juniors and seniors with nonprofits and allows them to work with these organizations for the summer. In addition, the program brings Student Leaders from across the country to Washington, D.C for a week-long summit filled with speakers, lessons, and learning. This is his reflection on his experience.  Describe Special Olympics Massachusetts’s mission in your own words. Special Olympics Massachusetts’s mission can be described in three words; equality through sports. Sports serve as a portal into the real world. They are…

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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Tanya Sullivan

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern Tanya Sullivan’s involvement with Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) started about 5 years ago when her son, William, was asked to take part in the Five Town School Day Games where he and many other school aged athletes were able to compete in a specific sport-themed event. With the day filled with excitement, dedication and even a surprise special guest, Tanya says it was a day she will never forget. “Last year, Rob Gronkowski (yes, Gronk!) surprised everyone by showing up in Ashland to run football plays with every athlete at the…

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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Elizabeth Downs

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern Elizabeth Downs started getting involved with Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) when her cousin, Andrew Lawson, joined several years ago. “I got involved with Special Olympics through my cousin Andrew. I would attend his swimming events and just be blown away at the excitement of the athletes, coaches, and spectators.”  Elizabeth is part of the 2017 Xtra Mile team for the Falmouth Road Race. With this being her third time running this race, she uses the motivation from Andrew to continue running. “This year my motivation behind Falmouth is my cousin Andrew. Andrew…

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New England Revolution 2017 Unified Match: Take 1

On the day of the big match between New England Revolution Unified Team and Chicago Fire Unified Team, both teams met in Boston for some pre-game fun! In order to get the full experience in Boston, the teams went on a Duck Tour around the city and then headed over to Fire and Ice for some lunch to fuel up for the match!   After the trip to Boston, both teams headed back to Gillette stadium to get ready to watch the New England Revolution Take on Chicago Fire! Before heading down to the sidelines to watch the players warm up,…

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ESPY Award Winner Tyler Lagasse

  On Thursday July 6th, Tyler Lagasse received a 2017 Honorary ESPY Award at the Special Olympics Massachusetts Yawkey Sports Training Center. Tyler was given this reward in order to recognize his, talent, dedication, hard work and enthusiasm for athletics. In addition to beating Gary Woodland with a birdie on the 18th hole at the AT&T National Pro-Am, Tyler also won the Silver medal at the 2010 Special Olympics USA games. Tyler hopes to be attending next years 2018 Special Olympic USA games, where he can continue to inspire other athletes and embody what it means to be a true ESPY…

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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Katelin Cwieka

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern Why Special Olympics? Katelin’s connection with Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) started about 7 or 8 years ago when one of her close friends, who has a son with Down Syndrome, convinced her to get involved. Katelin began slowly with fundraising then participated in an LETR run as well as a polar plunge and she was hooked. She continued to get involved and volunteer more, and now years later, here she is running the Falmouth Road Race as part of the Special Olympics Massachusetts Xtra Mile team. Running since she was 14…

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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Christina Lombardi

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern Starting her running career when she was just 13 years old, Christina Lombardi had no idea what she was getting herself into. “I competed in a total of 16 seasons of Cross Country and Track and Field. I stopped in college to focus more on studies but never stopped visiting the road. Once college was over, I really just enjoyed running on my own. My biggest challenge was my half marathon back in 2014 in Disney.” Running has always been something she has enjoyed, and being an athlete since such a…

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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Beth Donahue

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern “I know I can do it.” “Just keep going.” “I got this.” Being involved with Special Olympics since she was 8 years old, Beth Donahue has always pushed herself to do her best, while inspiring others to do their best both in sports and in life. Beth first got involved with Special Olympics Massachusetts when her parents signed her up for soccer, but she didn’t stop there. For the past 19 years, she has competed in gymnastics, basketball, track, and skiing. More recently, Beth has focused on running, which is how she…

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