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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Update 6/25/2020 – Special Olympics Massachusetts state office will remain closed to the public, except for scheduled meetings for business purposes. Select staff will be returning to the office on July 6th, while many staff members will continue to work from home. Please contact staff by email and understand there may be some delay in response. Below you will find current Return to Play guidelines as of 6/25/2020. This is not a full return to pre-pandemic practice and competition. These guidelines outline the kinds of programs and activities available and permissible under Phase 2 of Massachusetts state guidelines, and…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Experiencing Winter Games – Mike Kelley

“As long as you’re having fun competing and giving your best, that’s all that matters.” When you win a championship it’s considered a crowning achievement and you have a great outlook on your athletic career. On the other hand, there are times when you make the championship but you come up short. Overall, you look at how far you came based on the hard work and dedication you put in and no matter what the results are, you can feel proud of the experience. One example is the experience of competing in the Special Olympics Winter Games.   Every…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Fitness at home!

Sports practices may be cancelled, but you can still focus on your health and fitness right at home and be ready to go when practices start up again. Our exercise of the week is the seated twist! Watch as athlete and global health messenger Beth Donahue demonstrates the seated twist. This is a great ab work out! Post your pictures and videos of you doing the seated twist at home and tag #StayFitWithSOMA. Bonus! For even more exercise tips and videos, commit to staying fit at home. Fill out and submit the form below and receive the link to…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Unified Sports in Schools

Unified sports is a program that allows students with disabilities to get involved in sports as well as interact with students who do not have a disability. Unified Sports in schools, high schools, middle schools, or elementary schools is the kind of program that can make a student with a disability feel included, spread awareness, and help change the life of any athlete that participates on the program. In 2016, my alma mater, Auburn High School, established their Unified Sports program to help promote inclusion and respect for their students who have an intellectual or physical disability. The program…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Boston – A special place to run

We asked our Xtra Mile Boston Marathon® runners where the coolest place they ever ran was. Many of them actually said Boston is their favorite place to run! Read some of their responses below: Boston/Massachusetts: Tim McLaughlin “This will be my 4th Boston Marathon and 8th marathon overall. I have to say…nothing…nothing…beats running the Boston Marathon. The crowd is like no other. The energy is amazing.” Nikki Grifone “I love that I am local and I am able to train on the Boston Marathon course so frequently- it is a pretty surreal feeling!” Greg Schwartz “When I was training…

Author: Catherine Twing

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2020 Pittsfield Super & Polar Plunge

Join us for the only Super Plunge in Massachusetts! Do you think you can plunge 24 times in 24 hours?! Join us for Berkshire County’s only Polar Plunge to find out. What’s so unique about this Plunge? Pittsfield Police Department hosts this one of a kind event for Special Olympics Massachusetts! On Saturday, Super Plungers will start their challenge of 24 plunges in 24 hours. On Sunday morning, more Plungers will join the Super Plungers for their final plunge. All of these Plunges happen right in a man-made pool at Bousquet Ski Area. Will you Plunge 24 times or…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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Joseph Hocter knows how to stay busy

Joseph Hocter Jr. likes to stay busy. REALLY busy. In 2019 Joseph trained in 7 different Special Olympics sports, worked out at a boxing gym weekly, fundraised for Special Olympics Massachusetts, attended NortheastArc programs, was a member of local organizations AND worked at Crosby’s Marketplace in Marblehead. At age 35, he has been participating in Special Olympics for 24 years since he first began swimming at age 11. In 2019 he trained in track & field, basketball, bocce, bowling, flag football, golf and power lifting.  Only 3 other athletes in Massachusetts, out of over 14,000, trained in as many sports…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Special Olympics Massachusetts & 98.5 the Sports Hub Announce Partnership

BOSTON, MA (2/13/20): Beasley Media Group, LLC; a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI) announces 98.5 the Sports Hub has entered into a multi-year partnership with Special Olympics Massachusetts. The collaboration between the station and the non-profit organization will be instrumental in helping to raise funds, recruit volunteers and support all major programs, such as the Summer Games, scheduled to take place June 12th through 14th at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Boston. “We could not be more thrilled to team up with the premier sports radio station in Boston,” said President & CEO Mary Beth McMahon. “The…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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From Athlete to Coach

My Experience as a Coach – Mike Kelley There comes a point when an athlete hangs up their playing shoes and questions what they could do next in their lives. After thinking about it for some period of time, there is that choice to become a coach and pass along their experience on the sport to younger athletes. When that time came for me, I knew that coaching could be an option to think about and that it was my calling. If I didn’t think about being a coach, I don’t know what I would do when I stopped…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Gregg Gallant’s Story – Natick Passion Plunge 2020

Hello, I’m Gregg and I am very excited to be part of your plunge today in support of Special Olympics. Special Olympics Massachusetts offers 23 amazing sports over 4 seasons, as an athlete I compete in four of those: Alpine skiing in the winter, volleyball in the spring, softball in the summer and soccer in the fall. I would love to be able to play every sport…..but let’s be honest, I’m not superman.  For over 50 years Special Olympics has included and given the opportunities to many of my fellow athletes that they have never dreamed of. Through the…

Author: Meghan O'Neil

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