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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…

Author: Ali Phaneuf

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Special Olympics Massachusetts & Boston Public Schools Announce Partnership

The new relationship will focus on providing a more inclusive environment across BPS schools and programs. As a result, participating schools will implement customized Unified Champion School programs, which offer more opportunities for students with and without disabilities a chance to play, learn, and lead together. MARLBOROUGH, MASS – On February 22, 2022, the Boston Public School (BPS) district and Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) signed a first-of-its-kind partnership agreement. The partnership agreement, formally known as a Memorandum of Understanding, details the commitments from both parties to bolster special education services with a focus on inclusion. Boston Public Schools will gain…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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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…

Author: Ali Phaneuf

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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…

Author: Ali Phaneuf

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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…

Author: Ali Phaneuf

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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: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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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!  

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

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