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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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Milford athlete selected for NBA Cares

Ashley Aldrich got quite a surprise one December morning as she reported to her job at Milford High School. The Special Olympics athlete who volunteers daily in the school’s Special Education department was greeted with an exciting message: “You’re going to NBA Cares!” The NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports Experience is an annual event as part of NBA All-Stars. A select number of athletes from around the world compete in a Unified game alongside NBA and WNBA legends. The athletes apply to be a part of this event including a video where they talk about their experience with basketball…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Ringing in the New Year at the 2019 Winter Classic

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics Movement and for the first time ever, the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks have invited Special Olympics floor hockey teams to participate in the annual NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Athletes from Massachusetts and Illinois will partner with Bruins and Blackhawks alumni to compete in a Unified Floor Hockey exhibition at the Joyce Center on the Campus of the University of Notre Dame. Special Olympics Massachusetts will be represented by eight athletes from the Belmont/Watertown S.P.O.R.T program. Special Olympics Illinois will be represented…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Berkshire County Arc athlete oldest competitor at Senior Sports Classic

Some adults might consider their athletic careers over after their 20’s or 30’s, but Edward Therrien of Pittsfield is still competing as a Special Olympics Massachusetts athlete at the age of 80. Born May 23, 1938, Ed is the oldest athlete on the Berkshire County ARC (BCARC) Titans team and held the title of oldest competitor at the annual Special Olympics Massachusetts Senior Sports Classic on October 13 in Hyannis. Ed and his teammates joined over 150 athletes from across the state last weekend to participate in the annual event, held at Barnstable High School. The Senior Sports Classic…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Q & A with athlete Amanda Church

Amanda Church is a Special Olympics athlete with the LIFE Program on the Cape. Amanda has been competing in Special Olympics for more than 15 years and currently competes in basketball, swimming, and soccer. She represented the United States in swimming at the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles and in June she hosted the Special Olympics Massachusetts Summer Games Opening Ceremonies for the second year in a row! Q- How has being an athlete with Special Olympics Massachusetts for so many years helped you with hosting big events like the Hall of Fame and Opening Ceremonies? A- Being a Special Olympics athlete is…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Jay Nothnagle – A Hero Among Us

A note from Taffy and Jeff Nothnagle: Friday, April 6 was an amazing night! The Boston Celtics honored our son, Jay as the “Hero Among Us” at their home game against the Chicago Bulls. The Heroes Among Us program began in 1997 when the Celtics wanted to honor people who had made an exceptional and lasting contribution to the community through their unique commitment and spirit. They have honored such a person at each of their home games ever since. After watching the Celtics warm-ups from court-side, we went to our seats til the end of the first period,…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Beth Donahue

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern “I know I can do it.” “Just keep going.” “I got this.” Being involved with Special Olympics since she was 8 years old, Beth Donahue has always pushed herself to do her best, while inspiring others to do their best both in sports and in life. Beth first got involved with Special Olympics Massachusetts when her parents signed her up for soccer, but she didn’t stop there. For the past 19 years, she has competed in gymnastics, basketball, track, and skiing. More recently, Beth has focused on running, which is how she…

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Lauren Wears Many Hats

This is an excerpt from a speech by Special Olympics Athlete and Global Messenger, Lauren to the Special Olympics Massachusetts Board of Directors on February 28, 2017: Throughout my involvement in Special Olympics I have held many titles; global messenger, head coach, volunteer, fundraiser, team coordinator, lobbyist, committee member and master of ceremonies. But the title that I cherish the most, the one that I hold close to my heart is athlete. Titles come and go but being an athlete is something no one can ever take away from you. I started Special Olympics when I was 9 years…

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Massachusetts Athletes Represent at Special Olympics World Winter Games

The skates are sharpened, the skis are waxed and there’s only six weeks left of training for the biggest competition of their lives. On March 12, 2017 Patrick Adams, Alyssa Neil, Chris O’Neil and Rebecca Robinson will be boarding a plane heading to Special Olympics World Winter Games in Graz/Schladming, Austria. Neil and Adams both speed skaters, and O’Neil and Robinson alpine skiers, have been training for this moment since they started as Special Olympics athletes. More than a year ago, the selection process begain when they each applied to represent Special Olympics USA at the 2017 World Winter Games….

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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MLS All-Star Week Day 2: Match Day

Tuesday kicked off with a quick breakfast where James checked in with a recap of his first day with his new team. After the most important meal of the day, James and Julia took the the training field for the final time before the evening’s Match against the Western Conference. Just before taking the pitch, the twins got their head shots and Team Special Olympics Massachusetts photos taken.   The Keiths joined all of the Special Olympics Unified teammates for a group lunch and relaxed before heading out to Avaya Stadium for the MLS Works Special Olympics Unified All-Star…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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