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MLS Unified All-Star makes strides toward sports broadcasting dream

Written by: Ali Phaneuf With both a passion for soccer and the dream of becoming a sports broadcaster, Radley Theolien went into MLS All-Star week as not only an athlete representing the New England Revolution Unified Team, but as a man-on-the-ground reporter.   After waking up at 3:00 AM on Monday, August 8th to catch the 5:45 AM flight to Minneapolis, Radley had just 30 minutes upon arrival to drop off his suitcase, change, and be on the road to the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota. He joined a myriad of reporters at the 2022 MLS All-Star Press Conference,…

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Unified MLS All-Star Week: Meet the 2022 players from Special Olympics MA

Written By: Ali Phaneuf On Monday, August 8th, one Special Olympics MA athlete and Unified partner from the New England Revolution Unified Team will fly to Minnesota to compete in the Special Olympics Unified All-Star Game, presented by MLS WORKS, ESPN and Coca-Cola.  Who are the two players that will be representing Special Olympics Massachusetts? Returning NE Revs Unified Team athlete, Radley Theolien,  and first-time NE Revs Unified partner, Ian Miller. We met up with the two all-stars, so you can get to know them a little better.  Meet Radley  Age: 21 Hometown: Dorchester Position: Forward Radley is a…

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2022 USA Games Recap

Team Massachusetts walked away from the 2022 USA Games in Orlando, Fl. with a total of 29 medals. Here’s how they break down, by sport. Bocce Joel Goodrow: Came in 4th for singles bocce on 6/7. Carolyn Wojcik: Took home the gold in singles bocce on 6/7. Joel and Carolyn took home the silver medal for doubles bocce on 6/9. Bowling Kevin Auger: Took home the gold in singles bowling on 6/7. Chris Charest: Took home the silver in singles bowling on 6/7. Katie Meunier: Took home the silver in singles bowling on 6/7. Jenna Thomas: Took home the gold in singles bowling on 6/7. Jenna Thomas & Katie…

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You’ll never guess how some professional athletes perfect their footwork

Author: Ali Phaneuf You’ll never guess how athletes like Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Steve McLendon, Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman, and English professional soccer player Rio Ferdinand perfected their footwork. When they weren’t training with their teams, you might have been able to find them practicing their dance skills. Why? Here are the top health benefits for athletes that practice dance: Improve coordination Improve balance Improve memory Improve cardiovascular health Improve flexibility And just like these professional athletes improved their minds and bodies through dance, so can our Special Olympics athletes. In fact, just four years ago Amanda Santos saw…

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Norwood Public Schools Pass the Torch to Kickstart Unified Sports Season

Author: Quinn Roddy On Thursday, October 14th, Norwood Public Schools organized a district-wide opening ceremony and inclusive walk to demonstrate their participation in Special Olympics MA’s Unified Champion Schools program. The Norwood school district recently became a Unified Partner with Special Olympics MA and they kicked off the new school year in style with an opening ceremony that included five elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. While the students and faculty were the main participants in the ceremonies, the Norwood Police and Fire Department played an important role in making sure the torch got from school…

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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…

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Play Unified Podcast Is Back!

The Play Unified Podcast is back. The show features co-hosts, Mike Kelley and Charles Hirsch with assistance provided by Amanda Robson. New this year, Special Olympics athlete, Lumene “Lightning” Montissol brings us the Lightning Round. Join us every other week as we discuss Special Olympics sports, our regional professional sports teams, including the Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and the New England Revolution, along with pop culture and news of the moment. Each episode will feature a guest who will share a bit about themselves and dive into one of the most important moments…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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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: Charles Hirsch

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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: Charles Hirsch

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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: Charles Hirsch

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