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Youth Leaders take Hyannisport

In July, several youth leaders from Massachusetts had the opportunity to attend an invite only 50th anniversary event hosted by Special Olympics International at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannisport. Part of this weekend included a youth summit where they met fellow youth leaders, educators, celebrities and Special Olympics staff, all on a mission to make schools more inclusive. The youth leaders from Massachusetts, Bryna St. Pierre, Emma Ganley, Elyse Whittemore and Sydney Meininger joined students from many other states to share ideas about how they can make their communities more inclusive and realizing how much power they have as…

Author: Catherine Twing

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2019 National Banner Schools Announced

This year, 16 Massachusetts High Schools have received the honor of being called a National Banner School. These schools have met or exceeded national standards of excellence in the areas of Unified sports, whole school engagement and inclusive youth leadership. They join a group of 10 Massachusetts schools which received this honor in 2018. These schools will be presented with a banner to hang in their school and be included on a list of other schools around the country who have achieved this distinguished status. Once a school has become a Unified Champion School they are eligible to apply…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Mother/daughter Unified pair to compete in bocce

Most people reach their 80s and decide it’s time to take it slow, and watch from the sidelines as their children or grandchildren compete. But Madgalena Margelony of Shrewsbury decided 84 was the perfect age to start playing bocce with her daughter Theresa as a Unified partner. “I don’t remember what they called bocce in German, but I used to play, it was fun,” said Madgalena who was born in Germany. Theresa, 59, has been a Special Olympics athlete with the Shrewsbury program for about six or seven years now, competing in basketball, bocce and track & field.  This…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Fitness Opportunities for Athletes

Here are a list of the current fitness programs that are being offered by Special Olympics Massachusetts! To sign up or for more information email Vicky.dinatale@specialolympicsma.org NEWTON – Boxygen, boxing based fitness program. SPRINGFIELD AREA – Western MA Hiking Club. Enjoy nature while getting some exercise. MARLBOROUGH – Running & Walking Club at Yawkey Sports Training Center. No matter your fitness level we have a spot for you! Family Bootcamp at Yawkey Sports Training Center. Will resume in the fall. We host class one time a month for families to work out together! WORCESTER – Worcester State Fitness Program-…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Get Fit! Feel Good! August Blog

Get Fit! Feel Good! August’s Blog Recap: July’s goal was to recruit a family member or friend to work out with you! Hopefully you have a new workout buddy to help you achieve your wellness goals. If you don’t have a workout buddy, definitely try to recruit one- Not only do fitness buddies make exercising more fun they help you stick to your commitment and therefore make it more likely for you to reach your wellness goal! August’s Wellness Goal: De-Stress Feeling stressed is perfectly normal during certain times in your life but we all know the feeling where…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Brave “Edgers” go Over The Edge for Special Olympics

On Friday July 12 the staff of Over The Edge, a Nova Scotia-based company that organizes rappelling event all across North America, set up their gear on the roof of the Hyatt Regency Boston. Later that afternoon, with the help of Boston Fire Department Local 718, they helped the first group of rappellers make their way Over The Edge for Special Olympics Massachusetts. Even with storms cutting Friday’s rappel times short, all of the special guests and media personalities were able to go over at their scheduled times. When rappelling resumed on Saturday July 13, the skies were sunny…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Tavern in the Square Tip-A-Cop a success

On Tuesday July 16, six Tavern in the Square restaurant locations held Tip-A-Cop events for Special Olympics Massachusetts. Each event featured local law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes helping out the waitstaff as “celebrity waiters.” After customers were finished with their meal they were provided envelopes to give a donation to Special Olympics Massachusetts if they would like. Some locations also had promotions like dunk tanks, raffles and sports memorabilia for sale to raise money. All locations offered a limited edition fruity pebbles donut for $5. All proceeds from donut sales will be donated to Special Olympics Massachusetts….

Author: Catherine Twing

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2019 Gatorade Player of the Year

TABOR ACADEMY STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARDS SPECIAL OLYMPICS MASSACHUSETTS GRANT THROUGH GATORADE Hingham, Mass. native and Massachusetts Girls Soccer Gatorade State Player of the Year, Cat Barry awarded Special Olympics Massachusetts with a $1,000 grant to help accomplish our mission of providing inclusive sports competition and leadership opportunities throughout the state. Barry is a rising senior at Tabor Academy in Marion, and plays for the NEFC in the Development Academy. Going into her senior year, she already has 61 goals and 32 assists during her NEPSAC career, including several en route to the Seawolves’ Class A championship win over Thayer Academy…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Get Fit! Feel Good! July’s Blog

Recap: Junes Wellness Topic > Eliminate (added) Sugar. In case you missed last months blog post, we talked about just why the word added is important, exactly just how bad sugar is for you and why its so hard to eliminate it. The word added when talking about sugar is important because some foods that have sugar in it also have other health benefits therefore we don’t want to eliminate them. A good example of this would be apples and grapes.  The difference between eating a candy bar and an apple or grape is that the fruit is made…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Summer Games Health & Wellness Highlights, Summer Wellness Resources

In case you didn’t get the chance to attend this year’s Summer Games at Harvard Stadium we are going to recap all the health and wellness we had going on this weekend. Ill also provide all the other health and wellness resources we have available outside of summer games.     Healthy Athlete Screenings   For those of you who don’t know what Healthy Athletes is, it’s a program that was created to offer free health screenings to Special Olympics athletes. Returning year after year to provide dental screenings we had our Special Smiles team! Special Smiles offers free…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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