Unified Champion Schools
New Year for renewed sense of Mission
Happy New Year to all. It might take some time to get to a 'new' type of new year but we will. We are excited for the activities and events that lie ahead. We are working on Unified Strength and Conditioning, a Youth Summit, Unified Basketball, and Unified Bocce. And don't forget the Polar Plunge! This is the perfect year to start a new tradition - especially when you can jump into a hot tub instead of an ocean! When the weather breaks we will look ahead to Unified Track and Field. Keep connecting and keep the hope and excitement alive.

We will get on the playing fields again and we will have the best time together!
Unified Sports
11 Schools start Unified Strength and Conditioning Program

We are thrilled to announce that the following schools will be joining us for our first year of the Unified Strength and Conditioning Program;
  • Bellingham HS
  • Carver M/HS
  • Marlborough HS
  • Milford HS
  • Millbury HS
  • Monomoy Reg. HS
  • Monson HS
  • Newton South HS
  • Riverview HS
  • Shepherd Hill HS
  • Westborough HS
Season: 1/11 through 2/19
with any questions.
Attention all MASC Schools!
Plans are underway for the upcoming Bocce season. We will provide information on what is to come. We have very adaptable plans that still achieve our goal of playing together.

Please click on the Unified Bocce Overview

If you have questions about the season or are interested in participating and haven't already signed on, please reach out to Patti.Doherty@specialolympicsma.org
Unified Basketball
Unified Basketball planning is underway. The Unified Sports Advisory Committee is working through the same timelines and process as all other MIAA sport committees participating in the Fall II season.
Updates will be provided as soon as they become available.
A survey was sent to the Principal and Athletic Director at the 93 schools participating in Unified Basketball. This information will help the planning process.
if you have any questions.
Inclusive Youth Leadership
Youth Summit February 4th
You are invited to attend our Youth Summit on February, 4th. Each school can register a total of 5 participants; 2 athlete and partner pairs along with an advisor! Our YAC members have been working on all the arrangements to share about what it means to be a Unified Champion School!

Summit Date: February 4th 3:00 to 4:30pm
Registration Deadline is January, 29th.

Please connect with Kathy.Lutz@specialolympicsma.org about Unified Clubs!
Gen Z - Moving a New Dream Forward
The MIAA will be hosting the 4th annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Youth Summit next week. This Summit will provide you with the skill set necessary to adequately voice your concerns, organize, and design plans of action for much needed change.

Registration is Free
Please review the
for all of the options available to you on January 19, 20, 21
Whole School Engagement
Need a great activity for your school to rally around? Consider creating a team at your school - or many teams at your school to participate in our Polar Plunge in some way. Your efforts will be supporting the 14,000 athletes in Massachusetts along with more than 500 school programs.

Don't worry if you're not quite there yet. Now is the time to make a difference.
We have lots of creative ways you can 'plunge'.
If you have questions, please e-mail polarplunge@specialolympicsma.org
Due Friday!
Mid-Year survey due January 15th
Data is critical to measuring the impact of our Unified Champion School program. With activity happening in your school only or virtually this fall, we want to make sure we know about it and capture it all. Please fill out this survey and let us know if you have been able to provide any kind of Unified Sports experience, inclusive youth leadership activities, or a whole school engagement activity. Thanks in advance-it's short and quick!

if you have any questions.
In your community - Sport Skills Centers!
Sports are back in these areas!
We wanted to share about our new sports skills program!
We have a new program that we'd like you to know about. We've set up 3 sport skills training centers where athletes can work on some sports skills. There are sessions for both young athletes ages 5-12 and older athletes ages 13+. Registration required.

Danvers - 1/9 - 2/13
Please click on this link for more information and then share the link with families that live near Danvers. https://gameon.specialolympicsma.org/ssc-danvers

Pembroke - January 1/9 - 2/13
Please share this link with families in your school and district that live near Pembroke. https://gameon.specialolympicsma.org/ssc-pembroke 

Marlborough - 1/23 - 2/27
Please share this link with families in your school and district that live near Marlborough
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