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Why I’m Thankful

Here at Special Olympics Massachusetts, we have a lot to be thankful for. We are thankful for the incredible support we see every day in every community across our amazing commonwealth.

We are thankful for our coaches like Kate and Jon Dyer. They have taken the lead in the Bridgewater/Raynham area and provide year-round programming for athletes and Unified partners.

Bridgewater Raynham volleyball team

We are thankful for parents like Gina Donahue who supports her daughter Beth’s goals of being a Special Olympics Health Messenger, athletes, global messenger, and all-around athlete leader.

Gina and Beth Donahue

We are thankful for our sports partners like the Boston Bruins and New England Revolution. They not only provide critical support for our athletic training and competition, they put Special Olympics athletes on the biggest stages in sports.

New England Revolution Unified team

We are thankful for our incredibly devoted volunteers who make everything you experience possible. People like Dana Cook, who can be seen at what seems like every event we put on, and those with expertise in the areas of event leadership, athlete support, medical service, photography, and so much more!

Volunteers at Summer Games

We are thankful for our schools. The students, faculty and staff at schools across Massachusetts have committed to building more inclusive communities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. In 2019, sixteen schools like Middleboro High School were recognized on the national level for their work in Unified Sports, Whole School Engagement, and Inclusive Youth Leadership.

Middleborough High School banner presentation

And finally, we are thankful for our athletes. Without these amazing people who commit to sharing their skills, determination, and incredible personalities through sports, I would certainly not be here today.

Athlete and coach

To everyone who has been a part of the Special Olympics movement in Massachusetts over the past year, I am so personally thankful for the time, talent and treasure you have shared with our more than 50-year-old grass roots movement.

Thank YOU!

Mary Beth McMahon

President & CEO

Special Olympics Massachusetts

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