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The Keith Family: All In.

By: Sarah Keith My family loves to get involved. I cannot remember (and actually do not think I have ever experienced) a month without some sort of volunteer event, charity bike ride, or fundraiser. My mother calls it ‘Irish Charity’, and says that it is simply in our blood to do anything we can for those around us. I remember arriving at our hotel in Arizona for a vacation at 3am, and being woken up just three hours later by my parents. They had apparently been unable to sleep and, loitering in the lobby, had learned of a 4.2…

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Building Confidence & Self-esteem for Young Athletes

Parent Spotlight: Kathy Horigan Dye As the sports of spring 2016 sprang into action, so did Special Olympics Massachusetts Young Athletes Program, hosted in our very own Yawkey Sports Training Center in Marlborough, MA. A group of 2-7 year olds came together to learn the basic skills that create the foundation of sports.  The purpose of this program is to enable those who do not reach the minimum competition age (of 8 years old) to be introduced to sports.  By way of games and activities, the Young Athletes learn to develop motor skills and increase their hand-eye coordination.  The program…

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Special Olympics: Full Circle

Kate Dyer has been involved with Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) since 1997, first as a coach and Unified Partner, and now as a parent to both a Unified Partner and an athlete. This July, Kate Dyer will add a new title to her lengthy SOMA resume, Fundraiser, as she goes Over the Edge in support of the organization to which she is so deeply connected. SOMA sat down with Kate to discuss her history with the sports organization, her decision to fundraise, and the value in raising her children within the organization. SOMA: Tell me a little about your…

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My Love of Sports & Community

An Essay by Julie Carroll Ever since I was a young girl, I have wanted to help others. Community service has always been a constant in my life. I have volunteered at road races with my family, have been very involved in my parish and school communities, devoted my free time to helping with Open Houses, volunteered at Bible Camps, supported charity events, served as a class officer, as well as being a member on the merger committee for our future Catholic diocesan high school. During my junior year, I had the opportunity to form a new school club which…

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Play Unified Podcast – Greg Schwartz

Welcome to the Play Unified Podcast. On this episode, we chat with Greg Schwartz and his mom Patty. In addition to being a multi sport athlete with Special Olympics Massachusetts, Greg ran the 2016 Boston Marathon as part of the Special Olympics Massachusetts Marathon Team! Topics discussed include Greg’s experience at Winter Games in Worcester – his Milford team came in 2nd place to their rivals from Cambridge, the upcoming Spring sports season and the terrible training conditions leading up to Marathon Monday last April. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/255605027″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

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Marathon Spotlight: Sue Freidus

Originally appeared as an article on the Corning intranet: With every step she takes in the 2016 Boston Marathon this month Sue Freidus will be helping athletes with intellectual disabilities experience the joy of sports and celebration. Sue, digital program manager for Corning Life Sciences, has pledged to raise $10,000 for Special Olympics Massachusetts. The Funds she is raising will allow as many as 26 athletes to attend a year’s worth of training, meets, and other Special Olympics events throughout the state. In exchange for her pledge, Sue earned a place at the starting line for one of the world’s…

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Families Newsletter gets a Refresh

Dear Special Olympics Massachusetts Family, Happy Spring and welcome to the first edition of the Special Olympics Massachusetts Families eNewsletter. Our hope is this eNewsletter will provide you with information regarding the happenings of Special Olympics Massachusetts as well as a link to a myriad of resources that we hope will be beneficial to you. Special Olympics Massachusetts relies heavily on our coaches and our volunteers to pass on critical information to our families. We want this eNewsletter to be a vehicle that helps transmit seasonal and other critical information. Special Olympics Massachusetts accomplished a lot in 2015. The…

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Our Experience with Special Olympics

By: Sharon Allen Our son Aaron was a shy, tall, timid and very active boy. In first grade his teacher recommended we sign him up for Special Olympics. What an AMAZING door of experiences and opportunities that opened for Aaron and our family. That was sixteen years and many moves ago. We want to share some of the highlights we have experienced with you: New friends Organized activities Learning the fundamentals of the sport for each sport played Multiple of sports options to try Competitive play in area, state, national and World games Aaron using on a daily basis…

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Rob Gronkowski Stops by School Day Games in Ashland

New England Partiots Tight End Rob Gronkowski along with teammates Geneo Grissom and AJ Derby sopped into help out at the 5-town School Day Games in Ashland today. In addition to leading the athletes in stretching drills, Gronk and the boys were able to interact and participate alongside the students. Great article by ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss: http://espn.go.com/blog/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4791710/rob-gronkowskis-presence-makes-special-olympics-event-extra-special Video: Rob Gronkowski discusses what he liked about Massachusetts Special Olympics event … and Gronk spikes. pic.twitter.com/EBmZi3DgAN — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) April 1, 2016 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Thanks to MassLive for taking this video: http://video-embed.masslive.com/services/player/bcpid1949030308001?bctid=4826774305001&bckey=AQ~~,AAAAQBxUOok~,jSZP67EiqBfkIeiCdBewgHg1-uVWQxpS Thanks to WBZ Radio’s Karen Twowmey for this…

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Marathon Spotlight – Jen Reilly

By Karina Hornbaker & Lauren Gainor Jen Reilly’s dedication to Special Olympics Massachusetts goes beyond her commitment to run the 2016 Boston Marathon; Jen is a valued volunteer, a special education teacher for Bourne Middle School, a co-creator of a local Special Olympics program and the sister of an athlete. Since the start of her involvement 16 years ago when her adopted brother Gregory joined Special Olympics Massachusetts as an athlete, one of Jen’s biggest accomplishment’s was creating the Cape Cod Champs volleyball and flag football program in collaboration with her sister Shannon. Over the years, the Cape Cod program…

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