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Game Changer: Volunteer Linda Flynn

Linda Flynn is a longtime volunteer with Special Olympics Massachusetts. She currently leads the Pioneer Valley (PV) Green Monsters softball team as their Local Program Coordinator (and even added bocce and corn hole for the team last summer!) “I started in Special Olympics about 25 years ago when a family friend was looking for Unified partners (teammates) for their softball team. Her brother was on the team, as an athlete, and she had just taken over coaching it. I’ve played softball all my life so thought that it was a good fit. I started with attending the qualifiers session…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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National Volunteer Week!

Celebrating How Special Olympics Volunteers Rose to the Occasion this Past Year What do snowshoeing, Wiffle balls, and polar plunges have in common? They’re all ways that Special Olympics Massachusetts volunteers stepped up to plate this past year to keep athletes healthy, active, and most importantly, included! As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, we’re giving extra thanks to the incredible volunteers of Special Olympics Massachusetts. Prior to March 2020, everything for Special Olympics was in person. In-person training, in-person competitions, in-person fundraising events. And the more people, the better! COVID-19 changed all of that instantly. There were challenges, obstacles,…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Coach Spotlight – Micah Barshay

Micah Barshay – Brookline Recreation   “Micah is extremely dedicated to all of the athletes and the program. He is kind, encourages us to work hard, and is very supportive. During this pandemic, Micah has gone above and beyond to help all of us get through this together. He has encouraged us to stay connected through Zoom calls and kept us updated about all of the activities Special Olympics offered. Micah helped me become a volunteer in the young athletes program this year. I love it and am very thankful to him. He has made an impact on many…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Coach Spotlight – Kate Dyer

Kate Dyer – Bridgewater-Raynham “I’ve known Kate for almost 20 years. I have always admired the way she works with all of her athletes, teaching them not only the rules of the game but on how to be good people. She has also grown her program to include Unified teams, which allows her son, a Special Olympics athlete, to compete alongside his sister and their peers. Her husband Jon also helps coach, as a matter of fact, the two met while coaching a Special Olympics team in New Bedford. She goes out of her way to help raise funds…

Author: Catherine Twing

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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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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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Special Olympics: Full Circle

Kate Dyer has been involved with Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) since 1997, first as a coach and Unified Partner, and now as a parent to both a Unified Partner and an athlete. This July, Kate Dyer will add a new title to her lengthy SOMA resume, Fundraiser, as she goes Over the Edge in support of the organization to which she is so deeply connected. SOMA sat down with Kate to discuss her history with the sports organization, her decision to fundraise, and the value in raising her children within the organization. SOMA: Tell me a little about your…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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