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I cannot imagine my life without Special Olympics

My name is Melissa Joy Reilly. I have been with Special Olympics forever. I am an athlete and a Global Messenger. I have competed in swimming, cycling and skiing. And, in January 2016 I joined the Special Olympics Massachusetts Board of Directors. So you see Special Olympics is a big part of my life.   Becoming a Special Olympics Athlete I was born with one extra chromosome. This condition is known as Down-syndrome. It means that I can do most things that other people can do except it takes me a little longer. But the good thing is, it…

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Three Fun Things to do in Massachusetts this Weekend

Jingle through the Streets for Special Olympics Too much pie last weekend? Looking for a way to trim the waistline while supporting a great cause? Put your holiday hat and running shoes on and hit the streets of Boston, Peabody or Hyannis this weekend to support Special Olympics Massachusetts. Run with a friend or make a team and raise funds to support a Special Olympics athlete for an entire year of athletic programming! We’ll supply the t-shirt, jingle bells and festive atmosphere, and you’ll be raising money for athletes with intellectual disabilities. With three locations to choose from, you…

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“Thank you” will never be enough

Letter from a Special Olympics Massachusetts parent, Cara Schneider to Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) council member and Hampden County Coordinator, Jon Laporte about the impact LETR has had on her 11-year old son Ron Schneider. Dear Law Enforcement Torch Run supporters, My son, Ron has a therapeutic mentor that takes him out into the community for two hours a week to work on social skills and appropriate social interactions. Ron REALLY loved working with you and the other officers at Cop on Top, last December in Chicopee. What you, and the other participating officers, may not realize, is the positive…

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Amazed & Humbled: A Mother’s Fundraising Story

By: Kate Dyer In July, my 12 year old daughter Sariah and I decided to participate in Over the Edge for Special Olympics. Initially I was rather apprehensive about the event. Not because Sariah and I would be rappelling off the roof of a 22-story building in Boston. Although my husband and son were not exactly excited about the idea. But rather, because I have always been intimidated by fundraising. Special Olympics has been important to me for most of my adult life. It offers so much to everyone involved. The Special Olympics athletes get to experience some independence…

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It will change your life forever

Athlete Spotlight: Camille Howe Hello, my name is Camille, and I’m 18 years old. I am an athlete in Special Olympics. Every year I participate in different sports that Special Olympics offers. During the fall, I play Unified soccer. This was actually the very first sport I have played for Special Olympics. I first played soccer when I was only 8 years old. I saw my two older brothers playing and I wanted to join the fun as well. This is what started my love for Special Olympics, and I am super thankful for that. I still do soccer…

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Unified Champion School: Grafton High

By Aubrey Pilotte I was introduced to Unified Champion Schools the moment I entered Grafton High School. I am a senior now at Grafton and I have seen the full effects of Unified Champion Schools in my school community. Grafton High School implemented all three components of the program – unified sports, youth leadership, and whole school engagement. Through my experience, I have participated in Unified Bocce, Unified Basketball, and Unified Track and Field. Grafton High School also offers Unified Flag Football. Freshman year I had played sports other than unified and my transition the following year to all…

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Doreen Britton: Heart & Passion

By Lindsay Gomes As an active volunteer with over a decade’s experience, Doreen Britton will be joining the Special Olympics Massachusetts Falmouth Road Race team. This year Doreen’s fundraising goal is set at $1,000. She hopes to achieve this goal by reaching out to friends and family. Special Olympics Massachusets’ recently set up an interview with her to learn more about her history with the Falmouth Road Race and Special Olympics. Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) – Tell me a little about your history with Special Olympics – how did you first get involved? Have you volunteered at any Special Olympics Events?…

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Nicole Nunes: Running for a Cause

When asked why she chose to represent Special Olympics Massachusetts in the 2016 Falmouth Road Race, Nicole Nunes simply answered, “It is a foundation near and dear to my heart”. Nicole first became involved with Special Olympics when she was an undergrad at the University of Rhode Island. She worked with Special Olympics Rhode Island assisting with Swimming and Unified Basketball. While studying, she took adapted physical education courses that introduced her to a range of extra-curricular activities and volunteer opportunities. She also taught at a school nearby where she would bring the kids to a bowling alley. Today,…

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Lauren & Matthew Murphy: Running Together

After joining the Special Olympics Massachusetts board of Directors in 2014, Lauren Murphy found herself wanting to become more involved with all that Special Olympics Massachusetts has to offer. Lauren and her husband have a summer home in Falmouth and family in the area so the Falmouth Road Race seemed like the perfect opportunity. This year, Lauren and her husband, Matthew, will be running together in the 2016 Falmouth Road Race for the Special Olympics Massachusetts team. Lauren first became involved with Special Olympics Massachusetts during her time as an undergrad student at Babson College. During this time, Lauren…

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MLS All-Star Week Day 4: Service Day & All-Star Game

After three days of playing soccer, watching professional soccer games, and meeting professional soccer players, the Special Olympics Massachusetts crew teamed up with the rest of the Special Olympics crew as well as MLS Works to give back to the community. The crew was assigned to a local school’s playground that needed to be painted. They spent hours painting the cement basketball, four-square, volleyball, and tether-ball courts at the school. It was an awesome way to give back to San Jose after such an amazing week!             James also got the opportunity to interview…

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