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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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2019 Bruins Golf Tournament

To kick off the second year of the partnership between the Boston Bruins Foundation and Special Olympics Massachusetts, six athletes attended the Foundation’s annual Golf Tournament on September 9th. The athletes had the opportunity to meet Bruins players and share a little about themselves and the work of Special Olympics while traveling around the International in Bolton. Athlete Tyler Lagasse, a regionally known golfer who recently competed in “The Cities” tournament, served as the celebrity driver at a hole where ultimately he won a signed Bruins jersey for getting the ball closest to the pin. Liam Fitzgerald, well-known in…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Middleborough High School named to ESPN honor roll

ESPN has announced the 2019 Honor Roll, a list of 34 schools from across the country who have gone above and beyond to create inclusive school communities. Middleborough High School is the only Massachusetts school named to this prestigious list. In addition to participating in Unified sports, students from Middleborough regularly volunteer at Special Olympics tournaments including Summer Games. There are several levels of recognition schools can receive through Special Olympics. Over 180 Massachusetts schools have received the title of “Unified Champion School” at the state level. 26 of those schools have been named “National Banner Schools” based on…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Get Fit! Feel Good ! September’s Blog

Get Fit! Feel Good ! September’s Blog First lets recap what we talked about in August.  Our Get Fit! Feel Good! August blog was all about becoming stress free. Stress is bad for us mentally and physically- having a lot of stress can cause health problems such as high blood pressure, depression, anxiety and even heart disease. In the August blog we discussed ways to manage the stress in your life which included time management, knowing your stress triggers, exercises, and meditation. My favorite way to decrease my stress level is by getting some exercise! Depending on my mood…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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The Best Umpire

It’s day 2 of 2019 Tournament of Champions and the field at the New England Baseball Complex is clearing as teams head to the pavilion for awards. But not all athletes are heading directly to receive their medal. Many are taking a detour to high five and thank umpire Troy Johnson. “You’re the best umpire,” one athlete shouts as they walked away. Another athlete even goes up to Johnson asking for his autograph. No, he isn’t a former pro-baseball player, just a guy who loves to see the athletes succeed. Despite the praise showered on him by athletes, he…

Author: Catherine Twing

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