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Meet Boston Marathon Runner Kalei Buzcek

By Emme Punches, Special Olympics Massachusetts Events Coordinator “Never being, always becoming” These are the words that Kalei Buczek chooses to model her life around. “It’s a reminder to always grow and learn. You are never stuck in one place, you are always on your way to becoming something else, hopefully better.” The next stop on Kalei’s journey is the Boston Marathon and she’s going for it full speed ahead. She set a goal of raising $8,500 for Special Olympics Massachusetts and she is well on her way to making that a reality. What motivates her and what brought…

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Meet Boston Marathon Runner Chris Dwyer

By Emme Punches, Special Olympics Massachusetts Events Coordinator When Chris Dwyer first became involved with Special Olympics 13 years ago he never imagined it would take him it would take him all the way to the Boston Marathon. To be honest, he’s still in awe. Chris has always been an athlete but in middle and high school, he decided to use his skills on the field to help his local Special Olympics Massachusetts teams in soccer, basketball and golf. “Special Olympics is an amazing program that offers children and adults with special needs the ability to participate in programs…

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Meet Boston Marathon Runner Tim McLaughlin

By Emme Punches, Special Olympics Massachusetts Events Coordinator Tim McLaughlin has been an athlete his whole life but was never a runner; he left that to his wife. He cheered her on as she completed seven marathons and countless other fun runs, picking her up at the finish line and supporting her every step of the way. It wasn’t until his company decided to sponsor its employees in the Philadelphia Blue Cross Broad Street Run that Tim started to feel the drive to run. This year Tim is participating alongside his wife in the Boston Marathon. What brought him…

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Meet Boston Marathon Runner Rachel Dill

By Emme Punches, Special Olympics Massachusetts Events Coordinator Special Olympics Massachusetts is excited to have one of our own running the 2017 Boston Marathon. Rachel Dill, Director of Development and Partnerships, is an inspiration to us all. Her dedication, heart and ambition are unparalleled and while we could rave about her all day, we thought it best she tell her story in her own words. “Six years ago, I had the crazy idea that I wanted to run a marathon before I turned 30. It couldn’t be just any marathon, it had to be Boston. Fast forward to today and…

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My Favorite Part is the Adrenaline Rush!

World Games Athlete Spotlight: Alyssa Neil Neil, along with three other athletes from Massachusetts is part of the 200+ person Special Olympics team from the United States. This is not her first time hopping on a plane to compete for Special Olympics. Alyssa attended the Athens World Summer Games in 2011 in track and South Korea 2013 in speed skating. “When I saw that I was chosen to go to world games this year I was watching it live on Facebook and I just screamed.” When asked what it means to her to be representing the USA again, she…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Miye Jacques

Miye Jacques has been volunteering with Special Olympics Massachusetts since 2014. She’s volunteered as an event volunteer at Winter Games and Summer Games and has volunteered with local teams as an assistant swimming coach and currently as a Unified partner with the Auburn Rocketeers bowling team. This year Miye has taken her involvement to the next level by taking the icy leap of fundraising for the Polar Plunge on March 4th and coordinating a group of volunteers at Winter Games on March 11th and 12th in Worcester. “I decided to fundraise and volunteer because through volunteering I was able…

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What to do this Winter to Stay Healthy

They say that cold water therapy will boost your immune system. If you are looking to ward off colds and flu this winter we have a monthly cold water therapy for you. A plunge into the frosty waters of New England. Whether it’s a lake, the ocean or a pool, Special Olympics Massachusetts can offer you a place to plunge every month for the next three months and all for a great cause, to raise money for year-round training for our athletes. Good return on investment. A healthy immune system for you and funding a Special Olympics athlete to…

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My Experience Interning at the Special Olympics Massachusetts

By: Kevin Crossman As a senior in college, figuring out what you want to do in the next phase of life is not easy. Personally, I have changed what I want to do about five times during my college experience. One common factor always remained the same, helping others is something that I love to do. During the 2016 fall semester I interned with the Special Olympics Massachusetts sports department. My time here has been incredible. I had no idea what I was going to be doing on a day to day basis, but everything has panned out remarkably….

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New Leadership for the New Year

Danforth’s Beloff Tapped to Chair Special Olympics Massachusetts Board of Directors Danforth Advisors’ Co-founder/Managing Director, Gregg Beloff to provide leadership to the organization through the 50th anniversary campaign and celebration. Marlborough, MA – January 27, 2017, – Special Olympics Massachusetts is honored to announce that Gregg Beloff has accepted the role of Chairman at the December 1st annual board meeting. Mr. Beloff is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Danforth Advisors – a consulting firm specializing in providing strategic CFO advisory services and operational accounting to biotechnology and healthcare technology companies. He has more than 15 years of experience as…

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Massachusetts Athletes Represent at Special Olympics World Winter Games

The skates are sharpened, the skis are waxed and there’s only six weeks left of training for the biggest competition of their lives. On March 12, 2017 Patrick Adams, Alyssa Neil, Chris O’Neil and Rebecca Robinson will be boarding a plane heading to Special Olympics World Winter Games in Graz/Schladming, Austria. Neil and Adams both speed skaters, and O’Neil and Robinson alpine skiers, have been training for this moment since they started as Special Olympics athletes. More than a year ago, the selection process begain when they each applied to represent Special Olympics USA at the 2017 World Winter Games….

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