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 are soccer, basketball, track and field, and softball. I’m already a four-time gold medalist champion in the pentathlon for track, and I’m also a 2017 state champion in softball and soccer for the Thrive Mustangs. I train for each sport that I participate in by exercising and trying to eat right. I am proud to be a Special Olympics athlete,” proclaimed Matthew.

Matthew is just one of the more than 75 athletes that participate in Special Olympics sports with Thrive. To keep athletes like Matthew on the field or track or court, Thrive looks to the community for help. The upcoming Forrest Memorial 5K Road Race raises funds for Thrive’s Special Olympics athletes and other social and recreational programs. Run, walk, or wheel on Sunday, September 23, 11:00 am at Wayside Athletic Club in Marlborough to support Thrive’s Special Olympics athletes.


Visit www.icanthrive.org/forrest to learn more about the race or register.

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