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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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Tabor Academy’s Below Zero Heroes

Hundreds of frozen toes will be jumping into the waves on the shoreline of Buzzards Bay – some in costume, some in bathing suits, some fully-clothed – at the Tabor Academy Polar Plunge on Sunday, January 22 to raise money for Special Olympics Massachusetts. The Plunge, organized and run by the Special Olympics Club at Tabor Academy in Marion, MA, will be an event for the entire family and the student organizers are rallying the local community to come out to support and join them. Starting at 10:00am with registration, an 11:15am plunge, then right back to the 2000…

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A Passion for Special Olympics

By: Jennifer Walsh My name is Jennifer Walsh and I am the volunteer Local Program Coordinator for the Special Olympics program in Milford. Our local program began 22 years ago with four athletes and one track coach. We have since grown to include over 250 athletes and Unified partners, along with 30 coaches. Special Olympics has become a passion of mine as I have seen the difference that it makes in our athletes lives as well as their families, other volunteers and anyone involved. My favorite part of being involved is seeing all of the accomplishments the athletes make…

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Angels are Among Us

But these Angels Don’t Have Wings, they Have Sneakers. Sixty angels with running shoes jingled down Commonwealth Avenue in Boston earlier this month. Who are these angels you might ask? They are Johnny’s Angels, a group of wonderfully caring people who came together on a cold winter morning to run the streets of Boston and raise money for Special Olympics Massachusetts. And who is Johnny you ask? He is John Bogosian, team leader and Special Olympics Massachusetts board member who worked tirelessly to make sure his angels were the top fundraising team for the 2016 Jolly Jaunt Boston sponsored by…

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Special Olympics/ MASC Bocce is a Game Changer for High Schools

Last month, 18 Massachusetts Association of Student Councils (MASC) schools descended upon Westborough High School for the 5th annual Special Olympics Massachusetts Unified Bocce Tournament. This is the first of two Unified Bocce events happening this school year through the MASC. The second will take place at Rockland High School on Sunday, January 8. This tournament included 18 schools, 11 that played in the Bocce Tournament and 7 that came as fans in the stands to cheer on all the participants.  A Unified team is made up of high school students both with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and without intellectual disabilities (partners) working together….

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