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Law Enforcement Spotlight: Rick Pierce

By: Theresa Gaffney Retired Attleboro Police Chief Rick Pierce first got involved with Special Olympics in 1992, when he was part of the first group of officers to attend the Attleboro School Day Games.  He is now the co-director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) and has attended Attleboro School Day Games every year since. Pierce had no idea when he agreed to do the School Day Games that he was signing on to what would become one of his greatest passions.  “I had heard of [the School Day Games] before, but this was the first time any…

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Fenway Park Batting Practice Contest Winners

Athlete Winner: Danny Williamson My name is Danny Williamson and to me one of the best things about my experience with Special Olympics is the friendships I’ve made and the respect I’ve gotten since I joined. I’ve made friends with athletes and coaches all around the country. Through Special Olympics I’ve earned the respect and support of my community, family, friends and fellow athletes through my efforts as a teammate and competitor in many sports. Although I stutter, I have gained enough confidence in myself to recite the Athlete’s Oath in front of thousands at Opening Ceremonies in Harvard….

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Coast Guard Chiefs Host 27th Annual Special Olympics

COAST GUARD CHIEFS HOST 27th Annual Special Olympics – presented by Habilitation Assistance Corporation By Mike Camire, USCG Ret. On Friday, September 18th, the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer’s Association (CPOA, Cape Cod Chapter) hosted the 27th Annual Special Olympics event at the base gym on Connery Ave. Supported by over 125 volunteers and led by event coordinator, Senior Chief Chris “Chip” Melleby, the Chiefs and volunteers welcomed the Special Olympics athletes into the gym. Programs from Plymouth, Upper Cape, Braintree and South Yarmouth competed in a variety of events.  The Olympians marched into the gym as the crowd roared…

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day 2015

In Honor of Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day, we are proud to share a thesis paper written on Mrs. Shriver. Eunice Kennedy Shriver By Julia Keith Just 50 years ago, people born with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) were perceived as incapable of learning or contributing to society and were often treated as outcasts. In the early 1960’s, a woman with a vision created the Special Olympics, changing the lives of the mentally disabled and their families forever. This visionary was Eunice Kennedy Shriver. EKS believed that if she created an arena for the mentally disabled to engage in athletics,…

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Coming to Marlborough: August Tournament!

Today was a big day at the “Yawk”! We are excited to announce that beginning with 2016, the August sports tournament will be held in and around Marlborough, MA. Along with Mayor Arthur Vigeant, and the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation, Special Olympics Athlete Gregg Gallant, VP of Sports Matt Ruxton and CEO Mary Beth McMahon announced the news at a press event this morning at the Special Olympics Massachusetts State Offices – the Yawkey Sports Training Center. The inaugural event will be held on August 27-28, 2016 and will serve at the culminating tournament for the summer sports season….

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Are You IN?

[facebook url=”https://www.facebook.com/RudermanFamilyFoundation/videos/1017949728272577/” /] Special Olympics Massachusetts is! We’re excited to be a co-sponsor of the upcoming Ruderman Inclusion Summit. In addition this role, CEO Mary Beth McMahon will be presenting at the summit, being held at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston on November 1 & 2, 2015. She will be accompanied by a pair of Unified Partners from a high school in the state. Please consider joining Mary Beth and other leaders who are playing a role in advocating for and advancing the inclusion of people with disabilities. Register today and tell us why you’re IN. Learn more and register here:…

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Athlete Spotlight: Erin Delahunty

By: Theresa Gaffney Erin Delahunty—or “Tee-tee” as her nieces and nephews call her, because the first couldn’t pronounce “auntie”—loves to run.  She started participating in Special Olympics events as a high schooler growing up in Connecticut.  Delahunty says that she chose running because she wanted to see what track and field would be like, and figured it would be fun to be active outside.  Decades later, at 40 years old, she’s still at it. Delahunty is a distance runner, and an impressive one at that.  At the 2003 World Games in Dublin, Ireland, she ran the 1500 and 3000…

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McGladrey and “Birdies Fore Love” Support Athletes in Massachusetts

On Monday, August 31st, a couple of special guests stopped by the Salem Country Club to learn about a fundraising campaign. McGladrey LLP is a leading U.S. provider of assurance, tax and consulting services and employs more than 8,000 people nationwide. On Monday, they were kicking off the three-month long Birdies Fore Love campaign. The campaign was born from the partnership between McGladrey and PGA tour veteran Davis Love III’s charitable foundation. Davis Love III described it this way “This is an exciting program and a fun way to raise additional dollars for charities. I am very proud of…

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Mary Gallagher – Aquatics Superstar!

Mary Gallagher really is a superstar. No, she is not Michael Phelps or Missy Franklin. She did not compete in the Special Olympics World Games in LA. Mary is however, a 70 year-old blind swimmer who resides at the Wrentham Developmental Center. One of her favorite activities is going to the pool, and she enjoys attending the SOMA Aquatics Day every year – happening on September 3, 2015. In a typical week, she attends the pool twice, once with her habilitation coordinator and once with her Adapted Physical Education instructor. In the pool with her APE instructor, Megan, she follows…

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A Summer of Stars

A new phenomenon was born this summer – #SOMAStars shares the stories of Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes, volunteers and partners. Here is a look back at the summer of stars! #SOMAStars Cory P. Sports: Basketball & Bowling While helping out at a Western Mass Dunkin’ Donuts Tip-a-cop event, Corey was asked what Special Olympics Meant to him, here is what he had to say: “Special Olympics Massachusetts to me is that social equality, social interaction through friends, good sports, good company, a lot of good laughs and just enjoying yourself. [It’s about] overcoming every obstacle you have with a…

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