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Coach Spotlight – James Sheridan

James Sheridan – West Springfield “Jim has been very active as a coach and assistant coach for many years, covering all of our sports year round including flag football, basketball, softball and now with football, soccer skills, and cornhole. Jim steps in for any quick turnaround when something needs to get done quickly, helping with equipment or anything needed at all with the athletes. Jim has also helped in securing funds through organizations like Knights or Columbus and the Lions club, and both he and his wife Maureen are always there to help in any fundraiser ideas and collecting…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Return to Play Activities Leaderboard 10/08/2020

Although not every sport and activity is possible right now due to Covid-19, teams and individual athletes have the opportunity to participate in Return to Play Challenges from home. Check out the weekly leaderboard of participants below who have submitted results for the July through November Return to Play Challenge! Leaderboard will be updated every Friday as we receive new submissions. Results can be sent directly to Ops@SpecialOlympicsMA.org, or through the Return to Play Online Submission Form. Participants can submit results as frequently or infrequently as they want. The challenge will end on November 30th. Top 10: Natesha Connor…

Author: Deepa Ananth

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2020 National Coaches Day – Ted Canty

Ted Canty – Auburn Rocketeers This year for National Coaches Day we are recognizing three outstanding Special Olympics Massachusetts coaches. We received dozens of nominations and were amazed to hear about incredible coaches who are making an impact on their athletes and communities.  “This an dedication about my coach Ted. Ted lives with his elderly parents, while working a very busy job, and still finds the time to help us out with our Special Olympics team. Ted has been with the Auburn Rocketeers for a VERY long time as a coach. He started the team with my aunt and…

Author: Amanda Garner

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2020 National Coaches Day – Andrew Christopher

Andrew Christopher – Whitman Area Panthers Floor Hockey This year for National Coaches Day we are recognizing three outstanding Special Olympics Massachusetts coaches. We received dozens of nominations and were amazed to hear about incredible coaches who are making an impact on their athletes and communities.        “Andrew came to us without any connection to Special Olympics or a Special Olympics athlete. He chose to join us, as an assistant floor hockey coach, because he wanted to make a difference. I retired because Andrew’s knowledge and coaching ability made it possible for me to do so. He…

Author: Catherine Twing

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2020 National Coaches Day – Tyrone Hicks

Coach Tyrone Hicks – Seven Hills Shamrocks Flag Football  This year for National Coaches Day we are recognizing three outstanding Special Olympics Massachusetts coaches. We received dozens of nominations and were amazed to hear about incredible coaches who are making an impact on their athletes and communities.  “Coach Hicks deserves this because he is a coach who coaches us in many ways. On the field, Coach Hicks always brings a positive attitude while making the practice fun, but when we need it he has the ability to motivate and get the best out of us. Coach Hicks is a…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Return to Play Activities Leaderboard 10/02/2020

Although not every sport and activity is possible right now due to Covid-19, teams and individual athletes have the opportunity to participate in Return to Play Challenges from home. Check out the weekly leaderboard of participants below who have submitted results for the July through November Return to Play Challenge! Leaderboard will be updated every Friday as we receive new submissions. Results can be sent directly to Ops@SpecialOlympicsMA.org, or through the Return to Play Online Submission Form. Participants can submit results as frequently or infrequently as they want. The challenge will end on November 30th. Top 10: Natesha Connor…

Author: Deepa Ananth

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Return to Play Activities Leaderboard 9/25/2020

Although not every sport and activity is possible right now due to Covid-19, teams and individual athletes have the opportunity to participate in Return to Play Challenges from home. Check out the weekly leaderboard of participants below who have submitted results for the July through November Return to Play Challenge! Leaderboard will be updated every Friday as we receive new submissions. Results can be sent directly to Ops@SpecialOlympicsMA.org, or through the Return to Play Online Submission Form. Participants can submit results as frequently or infrequently as they want. The challenge will end on November 30th. Top 10: Heather St….

Author: Deepa Ananth

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250 miles by the end of 2020

Meet the top fundraiser from the past few years of the Peabody Holiday Torch Run. Jeremy “Jay” Carlo has been actively involved in the Special Olympics for three and a half decades.  He began in Worcester at age 10, competing in Track and Field events like the softball throw and running events but it was when, as a student at the Mercy Center, he joined the Special Olympics basketball team and his love of the Special Olympics blossomed.  Being a part of a team, practicing and competing together, is where Jay’s spirit shines brightest.  He loves cheering teammates on…

Author: Meghan O'Neil

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Returning to Play in Fall 2020

It’s no secret that this year has not been typical. With the support and cooperation of everyone in our community we are excited to  move into the Fall season. In order to make sure athletes are staying active and also safe, we have adjusted how teams practice and compete and which sports can be trained for in each season. Teams who take part in our typical fall sports of Flag Football and Soccer will be able to practice and compete in a modified way. We are also extending several sports from the Summer into the Fall to provide even…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Stay Fit With SOMA 9/21

This week’s theme is: 10 Tips For A Better Sleep Every week we post exercise videos, nutrition tips, and more on our blog to provide you with opportunities to stay fit and active even at home! This weeks blog is all about tips to help you get a better night sleep! How to Improve Your Sleep Sleep is such an important part of your overall health! When it comes to wellness, sleep is often forgotten about. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 1 in 3 American Adults do not get healthy amounts of sleep. The NIH…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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