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2019 Gatorade Player of the Year

TABOR ACADEMY STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARDS SPECIAL OLYMPICS MASSACHUSETTS GRANT THROUGH GATORADE Hingham, Mass. native and Massachusetts Girls Soccer Gatorade State Player of the Year, Cat Barry awarded Special Olympics Massachusetts with a $1,000 grant to help accomplish our mission of providing inclusive sports competition and leadership opportunities throughout the state. Barry is a rising senior at Tabor Academy in Marion, and plays for the NEFC in the Development Academy. Going into her senior year, she already has 61 goals and 32 assists during her NEPSAC career, including several en route to the Seawolves’ Class A championship win over Thayer Academy…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Get Fit! Feel Good! July’s Blog

Recap: Junes Wellness Topic > Eliminate (added) Sugar. In case you missed last months blog post, we talked about just why the word added is important, exactly just how bad sugar is for you and why its so hard to eliminate it. The word added when talking about sugar is important because some foods that have sugar in it also have other health benefits therefore we don’t want to eliminate them. A good example of this would be apples and grapes.  The difference between eating a candy bar and an apple or grape is that the fruit is made…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Summer Games Health & Wellness Highlights, Summer Wellness Resources

In case you didn’t get the chance to attend this year’s Summer Games at Harvard Stadium we are going to recap all the health and wellness we had going on this weekend. Ill also provide all the other health and wellness resources we have available outside of summer games.     Healthy Athlete Screenings   For those of you who don’t know what Healthy Athletes is, it’s a program that was created to offer free health screenings to Special Olympics athletes. Returning year after year to provide dental screenings we had our Special Smiles team! Special Smiles offers free…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Get Fit ! Feel Good ! June Blog

First off, Let’s start by taking time to reflect on April’s Goal: Eat Better. There are numerous reasons out there for why people don’t eat healthy. It’s too expensive, I don’t have enough time, schedules are too crazy, etc. If you are one of these people who find eating healthy difficult, your not alone and there are ways to change ones eating habits! Instead of trying to change your eating habits completely try to focus on one aspect of it. During last month’s blog we discussed then food groups and how to eat healthy for each group (see below)….

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Unified sports is more than competition

There are few moments that match the excitement of representing your school and hometown at a State Championship. On Wednesday May 29, 2019, students from 54 Massachusetts schools had the opportunity at the 2019 MIAA Unified Track & Field state meet. While 54 schools were represented at States, this was a record year with 81 Massachusetts schools participating in Unified Track & Field locally this season. On a chilly late-May day at Milford High School, athletes and Unified partners competed side by side in track and field events including javelin, long jump, shot put, 100m dash, 400m dash and relays….

Author: Catherine Twing

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Boston Bruins inspired work out

With the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals, we are counting down the minutes until the next game. If you’re also a huge B’s fan, we’ve got a fun work out for you! Below are common events that happen during a hockey game. Every time one of these things happens, do  the corresponding exercise! Bruins score a goal: 10-20 Jumping Jacks Your favorite player scores: 15-20 Sit Ups Bruins get a penalty: 15-20 Couch Squats Blues get a penalty: 5-10 Push Ups Bruins player gets a HATRICK: High Knees for 30-45 seconds Power Play: 10 Side Leg raises…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Inclusion at Longsjo Middle School

Emma Bourbeau,  is a Unified partner with the Montachusett Area Special Sports (MASS) Blockbusters volleyball team. Along with her mom, Emma has gotten to know the local athletes while playing alongside them with the Blockbusters. While on Instagram, she read about the Unified program at nearby Fitchburg High School and wanted something similar for her classmates at Longsjo Middle School. Fortunate for her, United Way Youth Venture offers an extended learning time at her school, providing students the opportunity to create projects to improve their community. Projects are then chosen to receive funding from the United Way. Bourbeau shared her…

Author: Catherine Twing

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2019 New England Revolution Unified Team Announced

The New England Revolution signed more than a dozen Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes and Unified partners to the 2019 New England Revolution Unified team on May 6 at Gillette Stadium. The athletes and partners signed their two-game contracts, received their team jerseys and spoke to members of the press. The Unified team is made up of seven Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes, and six Unified partners from around eastern Massachusetts. The team was selected based on their performance and spirit at a clinic hosted in March by the New England Revolution first team members. The Unified Sports soccer matches are…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Get Fit! Feel Good! April Blog

Get Fit Feel Good! April Blog Time to reflect on March’s goals! Have you thought about starting a garden this spring? Not yet?  Lucky for you there is still time! Have you ever heard the saying April showers bring May flowers? Well then you know that April is a great time to plant some vegetables or flowers! Here are a few things you can plant in April. April’s Wellness Goal: Eat Better The food you eat each day will affect your health, plain and simple. How you feel today, tomorrow and in the future will all depend on your…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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A talk with athlete Melissa Reilly and Olympic Figure Skater Michelle Kwan

On Tuesday April 2nd, Harvard Law School Project on Disability hosted a conversation with two decorated athletes, Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan and Special Olympics Massachusetts athlete Melissa Joy Reilly. The two spoke in front of a full lecture hall of students, faculty and community members, moderated by Professor William P. Alford, Chair of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and Vice Chair of the Special Olympics International Board of Directors. Michelle Kwan is the most-decorated skater in U.S. Figure Skating history, having won two Olympic medals, five World titles and nine U.S. titles. She’s a Special Olympics…

Author: Catherine Twing

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