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MVC Unified Basketball – Regular Season Recap

Regular-season games have concluded for the Inaugural Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC) Unified Basketball Season! By all accounts the season has been a great success. Many thanks to the administration and particularly the athletic departments at Andover, Billerica, Haverhill, Methuen, North Andover, and Tewksbury High Schools. And a special thanks to the great coaches of each team. As mentioned previously, the coaches all exemplified the exceptional characteristics necessary to run great unified basketball program. As best we can tell (Editor’s Note: I may have missed some games as I only know what I see on twitter and what NAHS’ Unified…

Author: Nick Savarese

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MVC Unified Basketball – Week One Recap

The Merrimack Valley Conference’s inaugural week of Unified Basketball competition was a smashing success by all accounts. Thanks very much to Andover, Billerica, Haverhill, Methuen, North Andover, and Tewksbury High Schools for taking on this project and being leaders in school/sports inclusion. Special kudos to Tewksbury High and North Andover High for hosting incredible kick-off events. Without further ado, onto the superlatives… Trail Blazers Congratulations to Wilmelys Villa of Methuen High for the first-ever basket in MVC Unified Basketball history! Wilmelys Villa of @methuensports scores the first basket in @MIAA033 Merrimack Valley Conference Unified Basketball history! pic.twitter.com/1zYl3zzZaW — Special…

Author: Nick Savarese

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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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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…

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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…

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Fenway Park Batting Practice Contest Winners

Athlete Winner: Danny Williamson My name is Danny Williamson and to me one of the best things about my experience with Special Olympics is the friendships I’ve made and the respect I’ve gotten since I joined. I’ve made friends with athletes and coaches all around the country. Through Special Olympics I’ve earned the respect and support of my community, family, friends and fellow athletes through my efforts as a teammate and competitor in many sports. Although I stutter, I have gained enough confidence in myself to recite the Athlete’s Oath in front of thousands at Opening Ceremonies in Harvard….

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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Coming to Marlborough: August Tournament!

Today was a big day at the “Yawk”! We are excited to announce that beginning with 2016, the August sports tournament will be held in and around Marlborough, MA. Along with Mayor Arthur Vigeant, and the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation, Special Olympics Athlete Gregg Gallant, VP of Sports Matt Ruxton and CEO Mary Beth McMahon announced the news at a press event this morning at the Special Olympics Massachusetts State Offices – the Yawkey Sports Training Center. The inaugural event will be held on August 27-28, 2016 and will serve at the culminating tournament for the summer sports season….

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