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Ian Saarmann runs the Boston Marathon to inspire Special Olympics athletes

Author: Quinn Roddy Next Monday, Ian Saarmann will race in the 125th Boston Marathon after raising a whopping $17,000 for the Special Olympics Massachusetts Xtra Mile Marathon Team. As the sports and fitness director for Living Independently Forever Inc. (LIFE), Ian’s relationship with Special Olympics MA has been monumental. LIFE Inc. has three separate locations and the program supports adults with autism and learning and intellectual disabilities in their pursuit of a meaningful, healthy, independent life. Ian has been the sports and fitness director there for the better part of two decades and helps LIFE members stay active and…

Author: Ali Phaneuf

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Larry Crosman brings Special Olympics PA athlete to Boston Marathon

Author: Ali Phaneuf On October 11th Special Olympics Pennsylvania athlete Ernie Roundtree will be racing in the 125th Boston Marathon. Why? Because it’s been a lifelong dream of his. How? Because of one special game changer: retired Mansfield police Sgt. and Special Olympics Massachusetts’ Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) executive board member, Larry Crosman. When Larry attended the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Washington State, he had no idea that the experience would bring him a lifelong friend. Larry was an escort for the Flame of Hope at the USA Games when he met Ernie, and it was…

Author: Ali Phaneuf

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Battle of the Keiths: New England Revolution’s Unified team takes on the Andover Stars

Author: Ali Phaneuf After a one-year hiatus amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, the New England Revolution Unified team is excited to be stepping back on the field this Saturday. But for one athlete in particular, this year is still proving to be slightly unconventional. Jimmy Keith has played for the Revs Unified team for six years, and this year is like no other for the seasoned athlete. On Saturday, September 18th the Revs Unified team will play against the Andover Stars Unified team at Gillette Stadium. And for Jimmy, this means playing against a team that is coached by his…

Author: Ali Phaneuf

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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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2020 Lakeville Polar Plunge

Join us for this fun annual plunge in a new location! Plunge into Lakeville’s Clear Pond Park at the 2020 Lakeville Polar Plunge, formerly the New Bedford Polar Plunge! What’s so unique about this Plunge? The Lakeville Polar Plunge brings the entire community together to Plunge into Clear Pond! Put together by Greater New Bedford Special Olympics and Lakeville Police Union, it is a region-wide event! This Plunge is growing rapidly and you can help us make it even bigger at this new location. Come hang out with law enforcement, enjoy local food, and support athletes! Want to show…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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2020 Harwich Polar Plunge

Join us for this FIRST TIME plunge! That’s right we have a brand new Polar Plunge in 2020 and want you to be the a part of the inaugural group of plungers! What’s so unique about this Plunge? The Harwich Polar Plunge is among our NEWEST Plunges! We’ve had so much fun all over the state and now we’re bringing that fun to the Cape! Law Enforcement from across the Cape will be participating and so can you! Want to show us how brrrrave you are? Be Bold. Get Cold. This winter during the March 14th Harwich Polar Plunge! Register…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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2020 Sharon Polar Plunge

Join us for this annual plunge that is a fan favorite! What’s so unique about this Plunge? The Sharon Polar Plunge will bring you back to your glory days, as it takes place right at Sharon High School! Plungers register in the gymnasium, take a stroll to the lake, plunge, & come back to the gym to warm up and get some awards! With Special Olympics Massachusetts Hall of Famer, Sgt. Larry Crosman, at the helm of this Plunge, it is sure to be fun. Want to show us how brrrrave you are? Be Bold. Get Cold. This winter…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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Historic 2018 for Special Olympics Massachusetts!

To close out 2018, we’re taking a look back at the top 10 Special Olympics Massachusetts moments of the year! From the 2018 USA Games in Seattle, to the unveiling of unprecedented partnerships and the celebration of Special Olympics’ 50th anniversary, 2018 has had plenty of memorable moments. Xtra Mile Boston Marathon Team runs 26.2 miles for inclusion On April 16, the 26 runners on the Unified Xtra Mile Boston Marathon team ran 26.2 miles for inclusion. The team raised over $318,800 for Special Olympics Massachusetts, an Xtra Mile team record! The team included board members, relatives of Special…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Busy Fundraising Weekend – $250,000 raised!

Kicking off the holiday season, people all across Massachusetts showed their generosity, helping to raise $250,000 for Special Olympics Massachusetts at 7 events across the Commonwealth! The first weekend in December was a successful fundraising weekend for Special Olympics Massachusetts. On Saturday December 1, Pittsfield kicked off their 9th annual Cop on Top Fundraiser at the Pittsfield Walmart, raising $30,200 in just one day! They followed that up with another $15,000 on a chilly, wet Sunday for a grand total of $45,000. Chicopee also held a Cop on Top event on Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Thrive and Special Olympics Empower Athletes with support from the community

Thrive Support & Advocacy empowers more than 500 children and adults in the Metrowest area with developmental disabilities to lead rich, active, and self-directed lives. With more than 75 Thrive athletes participating in sports throughout the year, Special Olympics is a vital aspect of that empowerment. Through Special Olympics Massachusetts events and competitions, Thrivers demonstrate to themselves and the community that when the focus is on ability, you can do great things. For Thriver and athlete Matthew McCarthy, participating in Special Olympics has given him opportunities he could never have imagined. “The sports that I participate in through Thrive…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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