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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Sam Nunes

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern “To me, Special Olympics is the epitome of inclusion and motivation. The athletes truly exhibit a never-give-up attitude and don’t let a disability stop them from being the best person they can be. They are truly role models that anyone can look up to.” Growing up in Marlboro, NJ and attending college in Massachusetts, Sam Nunes knew after graduation he had to move back Mass. Now working as the Marketing Coordinator for New England Revolution, it was easy for Sam to get involved with Special Olympics Massachusetts. After being asked to…

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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Stephanie Thompson

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern Since running cross country all four years in high school and continuing into college, running is something Stephanie Thompson can practically do in her sleep. Starting her marathon career in 2004 while she was a junior at Norwich University, Stephanie has now completed about 58 marathons, 6 half marathons, multiple 10Ks and 5Ks, a couple sprint-distance triathlons, 1 Olympic-distance triathlon and 1 half-Ironman. Basically, Stephanie is unstoppable. Most of the marathons were completed between the years 2012 and 2016 when Stephanie made it her goal to run a marathon in every…

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North Andover School Day Games

What a busy Spring we are having! Thanks to so many great school partnerships, volunteers, donors, athletes, and families – as well as our School-Day Games presenting sponsor, Bank of America, we are hosting recreational and competitive events daily across Massachusetts. When all is said and done, we will have hosted over 30 School-Day Games with over 5,000 athletes participating this Spring (this is in addition to our regular competitive sports Spring season where we’ll serve over 2,000 additional athletes). We collected some photos and videos this week at the North Andover School-Day Games. Let’s get to it: The North…

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Lauren Wears Many Hats

This is an excerpt from a speech by Special Olympics Athlete and Global Messenger, Lauren to the Special Olympics Massachusetts Board of Directors on February 28, 2017: Throughout my involvement in Special Olympics I have held many titles; global messenger, head coach, volunteer, fundraiser, team coordinator, lobbyist, committee member and master of ceremonies. But the title that I cherish the most, the one that I hold close to my heart is athlete. Titles come and go but being an athlete is something no one can ever take away from you. I started Special Olympics when I was 9 years…

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Meet Boston Marathon Runners Maire & Shannan Callanan

By Emme Punches, Special Olympics Massachusetts Events Coordinator   Special Olympics runs deep in the Callanan family. From an early age, both Maire and Shannan Callanan were introduced to Special Olympics through all aspects of the organization – the athletes, volunteers, and coaches. Every Sunday when they were young, they would head down with their brother to the track in Situate to help their mother Betsy coach the local Special Olympics Massachusetts track and field team. Shannan and Maire got to observe firsthand the influence Special Olympics has on all the athletes’ lives. They saw these athletes gain confidence…

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Meet Boston Marathon Runner Suzanne Schiavone

By Emme Punches Special Olympics Massachusetts Events Coordinator Since beginning track when she was in middle school, Suzanne Schiavone has always had a natural talent for running. It wasn’t until she attended Boston University that she took her running to a whole new level. It was there that she witnessed her first Boston Marathon. “I’ve been watching the marathon since I attended BU. I was inspired and moved emotionally by what as amazing race it is and the great stories that come from the marathon. How people help each other and find their strengths.” During this time is when…

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Meet Boston Marathon Runner Mariel Johnson

By Emme Punches, Special Olympics Massachusetts Events Coordinator Mariel Johnson likes to live by one simple phrase that she believes applies to everything, “great things happen when you step out of your comfort zone.” Mariel did just that when she picked up and moved to Boston two short years ago after receiving a job offer from Brown Brothers Harriman. “Growing up a Jersey girl, it was difficult to admit that I immediately felt at home in a new city so far from my family and friends. Boston bestowed such rich history, pride, and intrinsic beauty and I wanted to…

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Meet Boston Marathon Runner Lori Potocki

By Emme Punches, Special Olympics Massachusetts Events Coordinator Located in Newton, MA between mile 20 and 21, is the infamous Heartbreak Hill. Every runner keeps this climb in mind as they train diligently for the run. It’s the final crest they face as they head into the last 5.2 miles of their grueling journey, and it’s the hardest challenge they overcome before their feet finally cross the finish line. Most runners practice for Heartbreak Hill by racing up similar sized hills, but Lori Potocki is not most runners… “There are no hills in Houston… so I’ve been running up…

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Unified Basketball, Dunking, Community

We are lucky at Special Olympics Massachusetts. So many great people. So many great communities. Our Greater Lawrence Basketball League in one such example. This league has all the key ingredients of an inclusive and amazing Special Olympics Community: Great athletes, incredible volunteer coaches, an engaged school-based host group (Brooks School in North Andover) and of course… the only unified slam-dunk contest in the world! Brooks School student-athlete Ethan Gabert-Doyon made this video highlighting all the action!  

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Meet Boston Marathon Runner Bethany Bergeron

Bethany is from Natick, MA and grew up watching the Boston Marathon from the intersection of 135 and Speen Street. Year after year, she watched thousands of runners as they took on the marathon, and knew someday she would too. Q: Do you have any connection to the Boston Marathon?  I grew up watching the Marathon in Natick. It is a positive childhood memory. I have been a runner since high school and I love it. I have participated in half marathons and other races. My sisters have both run Boston and I am excited to have the opportunity…

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