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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Beth Donahue

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern “I know I can do it.” “Just keep going.” “I got this.” Being involved with Special Olympics since she was 8 years old, Beth Donahue has always pushed herself to do her best, while inspiring others to do their best both in sports and in life. Beth first got involved with Special Olympics Massachusetts when her parents signed her up for soccer, but she didn’t stop there. For the past 19 years, she has competed in gymnastics, basketball, track, and skiing. More recently, Beth has focused on running, which is how she…

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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Sam Nunes

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern “To me, Special Olympics is the epitome of inclusion and motivation. The athletes truly exhibit a never-give-up attitude and don’t let a disability stop them from being the best person they can be. They are truly role models that anyone can look up to.” Growing up in Marlboro, NJ and attending college in Massachusetts, Sam Nunes knew after graduation he had to move back Mass. Now working as the Marketing Coordinator for New England Revolution, it was easy for Sam to get involved with Special Olympics Massachusetts. After being asked to…

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Meet Falmouth Road Race Runner Stephanie Thompson

By Peyton Heller Special Olympics Massachusetts Development Intern Since running cross country all four years in high school and continuing into college, running is something Stephanie Thompson can practically do in her sleep. Starting her marathon career in 2004 while she was a junior at Norwich University, Stephanie has now completed about 58 marathons, 6 half marathons, multiple 10Ks and 5Ks, a couple sprint-distance triathlons, 1 Olympic-distance triathlon and 1 half-Ironman. Basically, Stephanie is unstoppable. Most of the marathons were completed between the years 2012 and 2016 when Stephanie made it her goal to run a marathon in every…

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Unified Basketball, Dunking, Community

We are lucky at Special Olympics Massachusetts. So many great people. So many great communities. Our Greater Lawrence Basketball League in one such example. This league has all the key ingredients of an inclusive and amazing Special Olympics Community: Great athletes, incredible volunteer coaches, an engaged school-based host group (Brooks School in North Andover) and of course… the only unified slam-dunk contest in the world! Brooks School student-athlete Ethan Gabert-Doyon made this video highlighting all the action!  

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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….

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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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Volunteer Spotlight: Tracey Sheak

By Theresa Gaffney If you ask Tracey Sheak how she got involved with Over the Edge for Special Olympics, she’ll laugh, and tell you how she was quite literally “roped” into it. Working at a law firm in Connecticut, Sheak travels often for work.  For two years in a row, she participated in the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts Golf Tournament, sponsoring a group of firefighters.  It was here that she met Boston Firefighters John Sarro and Bob Petti.  When they brought up an annual fundraiser they did for Special Olympics Massachusetts, Sheak was immediately interested.  She had always thought…

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