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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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Team represents Massachusetts at National Tennis Tournament

10 athletes and 3 Unified partners represented Special Olympics Massachusetts at the Special Olympics North America Tennis Championship October 17-19, 2019. The athletes, partners and their coaches traveled to Hilton Head Isle, South Carolina to compete alongside 160 Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners, representing 11 U.S. and Latin American programs. The weekend began with a Unified experience and Opening Ceremony. Athletes then competed in singles matches and in Unified doubles on Friday and Saturday. Unified means that athletes with an intellectual disability and a Unified partner without a disability compete together. In the case of Unified doubles, one…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Unified Champion Schools Spirit Contest!

We have challenged all 100+ Unified Champion Schools in Massachusetts to show us their school spirit! Each school received two posters to proudly display, recognizing that they are a Unified Champion School. You can learn more about Unified Champion Schools on our website! We received many fantastic entries, but had to choose just a few finalists. Now it’s your turn to choose our winning school! Visit our poll to cast your vote. You can vote once per day. The winning school will be announced on Monday October 28th, 2019 and will receive a pep rally kit! Join our schools…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Unified sports is more than competition

There are few moments that match the excitement of representing your school and hometown at a State Championship. On Wednesday May 29, 2019, students from 54 Massachusetts schools had the opportunity at the 2019 MIAA Unified Track & Field state meet. While 54 schools were represented at States, this was a record year with 81 Massachusetts schools participating in Unified Track & Field locally this season. On a chilly late-May day at Milford High School, athletes and Unified partners competed side by side in track and field events including javelin, long jump, shot put, 100m dash, 400m dash and relays….

Author: Catherine Twing

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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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2018 Unified Basketball Season in Full Swing

The 2018 Unified Basketball season kicked off in early October, this year with 56 teams across the state! The most we’ve ever had! Among those teams, 17 are new to Unified Sports and 14 have done Unified Sports, but this is their first season doing Unified Basketball. These teams are showing their communities the power of inclusion through sports,and local media have taken notice! Check out some of the great news coverage: On October 12, Wahconah Regional High School hosted Mount Greylock Regional High School for Berkshire County’s first Unified Basketball game iBerkshires, “Mount Greylock, Wahconah Add Unified Basketball…

Author: Catherine Twing

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New England Revolution Unified team beats Philadelphia 2-0

The New England Revolution Unified team got their first win Saturday night, August 11, against the Philadelphia Union Unified team, with a final score of 2-0. The goals were scored by Preston Hall, with an assist from James Keith, and Farley Asmath with an assist from Calen Frongillo. The big day began with a trip to Apex Entertainment of New England with the team from Philadelphia. Then the team headed to Foxborough and spent time bowling and relaxing at Splitsville Luxary Lanes before the big match. They then went to watch the first team’s match from the suite, before…

Author: Catherine Twing

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2018 Bowl for a Goal with the New England Revolution

A room of screaming fans, lined up to get autographs, cheering for your every (dance) move. Just another day in the life of a New England Revolution Unified team athlete. On August 1, 2018, the New England Revolution first team joined the Revs Unified team for the fourth annual Bowl For a Goal event, sponsored by Arbella Insurance. Splitsville Luxary Lanes at Patriot Place was packed with Revs fans and Special Olympics fans as the players, Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners bowled to raise money for Special Olympics. Since the first Bowl For a Goal in 2015, the…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Massachusetts Soccer Players represent at MLS All-Star Unified Match

Calen Frongillo and Thomas Barton represented the New England Revolution Unified team and Special Olympics Massachusetts at the 5th Annual MLS All-Star Match, held July 31, 2018 at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground in Marietta, Georgia. The Unified All-Star Match brings together athletes and Unified partners from 21 MLS clubs across the country to play East v. West. Due to weather, the match was shortened and ended in a tie 1-1. The match was streamed live on ESPN 3 and on YouTube. Calen will be entering her senior year at Franklin High School and is a member of…

Author: Catherine Twing

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True sportsmanship

Solveig Steeman is 21-years-old, attends Littleton High School, and has been an athlete on the school’s Unified track team for two years. Solveig has cerebral palsy and has participated in 100m dash and javelin throw. This year she also participated in the 400m dash and shot put. During the Central Mass Unified Track and Field Sectional Championship Meet at Assabet Valley Technical School on May 21,  Solveig had just competed in the 400m when she noticed a fellow athlete, Tyler Plotkin of Groton High School, in need of some assistance. Solveig immediately went to help. “There were other athletes…

Author: Catherine Twing

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