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Play Unified Podcast: Matt Grimes & Jenn Walsh

After a hiatus, the “Play Unified” podcast is back in business! In this installment, your host Nick Savarese has a conversation with Matt Grimes and his coach Jenn walsh after their successful trip to Toronto where Matt competed in the NBA Cares Special Olympics Play Unified Basketball Game. While at All-Star weekend, Matt and Jenn met a ton of current and former NBA and WNBA Legends. You’ll never guess who recognized Matt in the Hotel Lobby and called him out like the All-Star he is. Find out on this episode of the “Play Unified” podcast… [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/250225072″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”166″…

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Marathon Spotlight: Dawn Snow

By: Lauren Gainor & Karina Hornbaker Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be a marathon runner in the Boston Marathon or what is going through a marathon runners mind as they get closer to that finish line? You ask yourself, why did they do this? How did they do this? What’s their motivation? Well, let us take you into the mind of 49 year old Dawn Snow who will be running the 2016 Boston Marathon® on April 18th, in hopes to fundraise her $7,500 goal for Special Olympics Massachusetts. Dawn, from Marshfield, MA, has had…

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Groton-Dunstable Highlights Special Olympics Athletes

Groton-Dunstable High School’s Unified Basketball team named Students of the Month! “I am so proud to see our athletes and partners work selflessly and compete together as a team should. They are an example for us all.” said Principal Michael Mastrullo Read the whole article and learn about the athletes Groton Dunstable Girls & Boys Varsity Basketball hosted the Special Olympics Massachusetts Community Games on January 31, 2016:

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2016 Special Olympics Massachusetts Marathon Team!

We are excited to announce our 2016 team running in the Boston Marathon on April 18th. This is an exceptional group of runners and fundraisers who have some very strong and unique connections to Special Olympics. Thanks to John Hancock for including us in the nonprofit program again in 2016. We are excited to be back for another year. In 2015 over $130,000 was raised for Special Olympics Massachusetts. This year we are raising the ante, with a goal of $150,000. The money raised will directly fund over 385 athletes in 24 sports across all four seasons.   Doug Keith is a man who wears many…

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Matt Grimes: #Baller

Matt Grimes is, for lack of a better term, The Man. When Matt sets a goal, he works hard to achieve it. Over 20 years ago, Matt underwent a number of surgeries on his neck and back. He was told he may never play basketball again. Since then, Matt has come back on and off the court. In 2007, Matt was on a team representing Special Olympics USA at the World Games in China. Matt says “It was the best time of my life.” Matt was also on a team that played in the TD Garden at half time…

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Coach Spotlight: Christin Santiago-Calling

Congratulations to Coach Christin Santiago-Calling: Special Olympics North America 2015 Coach-of-the-Year Finalist!Christin, a SOMA coach since 2006, is among 18 coaches throughout North America selected to receive this honor. Christin was awarded this honor for her dedication, leadership, and commitment to providing quality coaching to every athlete on her team. Christin has made a positive difference in so many lives and many of her athletes wrote her letters to share how, including Brandon:     Dear Coach, Thank you for dedicating time and energy coaching me in Special Olympics. You and I did a lot of sports together and…

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‘Unified sports’ brings students together

First-year teacher John Breault, 22, a Dartmouth High graduate, has been volunteering with the school’s Special Olympics summer program since he was in the fifth grade. He said it was the summer track and field games at Special Olympics that brought forth the idea of “unified sports.” “At Dartmouth High, unified sports is just starting to bud. We’re trying to grow,” said Breault. Unified sports takes students from the general population and students from the special education program and joins them together on the same sports team. The unified track program was a big hit last spring, so the…

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“Volunteers are the Backbone”

By: Matt Millett Hi, my name is Matthew Millett and I’m a Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) athlete. I participate with Seven Hills and Shrewsbury local programs and have been involved with SOMA for 17 years. I’m also on the Board of Directors for SOMA and have volunteered for 5 years at Over the Edge, a fundraising event. SOMA has changed my life over these past 17 years by allowing me to come out of my shell. When I first started, I was a shy person who just graduated high school, but now 17 years later I can talk to…

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Unified Sports: Building a Stronger Community

By: Samantha Zeno, Minnechaug Regional high School My name is Sam Zeno and this is my second year being involved with unified sports. For the past two years I have been lucky enough to participate in the Special Olympics/ MASC recreational bocce tournament as well as the Polar Plunge event. I learned about these fun events through Student Council and I am so grateful to be able to participate in them. There is no community as strong as that created by unified sports. It is filled with friendship, acceptance, love, and spirit. I’ve learned the significance of these qualities, as well…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Christian Santiago

Christian Santiago is a volunteer photographer who travels throughout the state to take pictures at SOMA events. Christian donates his time, expertise, and equipment to capture the many special moments of SOMA and shares his pictures with the SOMA community on our Smug Mug page: “Last year I found out that one of my nephews has a special condition which causes him seizures, speech impairment, and prevents him from having full mobility. One of my best friends also just had a son who was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. I wanted to help, in one way or another. I wanted…

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