Blog

New England Revolution Unified team beats Philadelphia 2-0

The New England Revolution Unified team got their first win Saturday night, August 11, against the Philadelphia Union Unified team, with a final score of 2-0. The goals were scored by Preston Hall, with an assist from James Keith, and Farley Asmath with an assist from Calen Frongillo. The big day began with a trip to Apex Entertainment of New England with the team from Philadelphia. Then the team headed to Foxborough and spent time bowling and relaxing at Splitsville Luxary Lanes before the big match. They then went to watch the first team’s match from the suite, before…

Author: Catherine Twing

Read More

2018 Bowl for a Goal with the New England Revolution

A room of screaming fans, lined up to get autographs, cheering for your every (dance) move. Just another day in the life of a New England Revolution Unified team athlete. On August 1, 2018, the New England Revolution first team joined the Revs Unified team for the fourth annual Bowl For a Goal event, sponsored by Arbella Insurance. Splitsville Luxary Lanes at Patriot Place was packed with Revs fans and Special Olympics fans as the players, Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners bowled to raise money for Special Olympics. Since the first Bowl For a Goal in 2015, the…

Author: Catherine Twing

Read More

Massachusetts Soccer Players represent at MLS All-Star Unified Match

Calen Frongillo and Thomas Barton represented the New England Revolution Unified team and Special Olympics Massachusetts at the 5th Annual MLS All-Star Match, held July 31, 2018 at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground in Marietta, Georgia. The Unified All-Star Match brings together athletes and Unified partners from 21 MLS clubs across the country to play East v. West. Due to weather, the match was shortened and ended in a tie 1-1. The match was streamed live on ESPN 3 and on YouTube. Calen will be entering her senior year at Franklin High School and is a member of…

Author: Catherine Twing

Read More

True sportsmanship

Solveig Steeman is 21-years-old, attends Littleton High School, and has been an athlete on the school’s Unified track team for two years. Solveig has cerebral palsy and has participated in 100m dash and javelin throw. This year she also participated in the 400m dash and shot put. During the Central Mass Unified Track and Field Sectional Championship Meet at Assabet Valley Technical School on May 21,  Solveig had just competed in the 400m when she noticed a fellow athlete, Tyler Plotkin of Groton High School, in need of some assistance. Solveig immediately went to help. “There were other athletes…

Author: Catherine Twing

Read More

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: Nick Savarese

Read More

MVC Unified Basketball – Week One Recap

The Merrimack Valley Conference’s inaugural week of Unified Basketball competition was a smashing success by all accounts. Thanks very much to Andover, Billerica, Haverhill, Methuen, North Andover, and Tewksbury High Schools for taking on this project and being leaders in school/sports inclusion. Special kudos to Tewksbury High and North Andover High for hosting incredible kick-off events. Without further ado, onto the superlatives… Trail Blazers Congratulations to Wilmelys Villa of Methuen High for the first-ever basket in MVC Unified Basketball history! Wilmelys Villa of @methuensports scores the first basket in @MIAA033 Merrimack Valley Conference Unified Basketball history! pic.twitter.com/1zYl3zzZaW — Special…

Author: Nick Savarese

Read More

Lauren Wears Many Hats

This is an excerpt from a speech by Special Olympics Athlete and Global Messenger, Lauren to the Special Olympics Massachusetts Board of Directors on February 28, 2017: Throughout my involvement in Special Olympics I have held many titles; global messenger, head coach, volunteer, fundraiser, team coordinator, lobbyist, committee member and master of ceremonies. But the title that I cherish the most, the one that I hold close to my heart is athlete. Titles come and go but being an athlete is something no one can ever take away from you. I started Special Olympics when I was 9 years…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

Read More

MLS All-Star Week Day 2: Match Day

Tuesday kicked off with a quick breakfast where James checked in with a recap of his first day with his new team. After the most important meal of the day, James and Julia took the the training field for the final time before the evening’s Match against the Western Conference. Just before taking the pitch, the twins got their head shots and Team Special Olympics Massachusetts photos taken.   The Keiths joined all of the Special Olympics Unified teammates for a group lunch and relaxed before heading out to Avaya Stadium for the MLS Works Special Olympics Unified All-Star…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

Read More

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…

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

Read More

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….

Author: Special Olympics Massachusetts

Read More