Letter from Special Olympics Massachusetts

Matt Millett at the annual Over the Edge fundraiser
Dear Families, 

Hi, my name is Matthew Millett and I am an athlete leader. I have chosen to take on leadership roles with my local program, as a Special Olympics Massachusetts Board member, as a donor and fundraiser,  and as a trainer in the Athlete Leadership curriculum. Additionally, I sit on the Special Olympics United States Athlete Input Council. 

Why is athlete leadership important? It is important because helps builds athlete confidence and boosts up their self-esteem. Leadership gives athletes an avenue to showcase their skills whether it is volunteering at an event, raising money by plunging in the ocean, or helping coach a team. 

Their voices can be heard by giving them opportunities to speak at events or by participating in an Input Council. Athlete leadership takes on many forms and it helps when their family is behind them with their support. For more information about Athlete Leadership opportunities, please sign up for the Athlete Leadership Email List.

Upcoming Events
TD Bank Ambassadors 
We are looking for some TD Bank Ambassadors to visit local bank branches during our TD Bank campaign from May 15th - June 23rd. 
If your athlete is interested, please let their coach know.   

Taking fundraising to new heights! 
Over the Edge is a unique fundraising event, providing participants the thrilling, once in a life time experience of rappelling down a building in an exciting and completely safe environment. Over the Edge, will be hosted by the  Hyatt Regency, Boston on   July 15th.  More Information...

Falmouth Road Race Applications Apply Today!
Do you or someone you know want to run the 2017 Falmouth Road Race & fundraise for Special Olympics Massachusetts in the process?   You're in luck! We have 25 bib spots in this year's race and are accepting applications today.  Click Here to apply


Hall of Fame
Please join us on June 8th at Harvard to celebrate the 2017 nominees getting inducted into our Hall of Fame. This event is open to the entire Special Olympics community.

Other upcoming events:
Celtics Night - TOMORROW, March 29th
Red Sox Night - June 12th 
Forms and Family Resources

Don't forget to visit the calendar section of the website for all event specific information.
We offer an array of year-round individual and teams sports across the state during the winter, spring, summer and fall sports seasons. 

Summer Games Thank You

Summer Games
Mark your calendar for Summer Games weekend, 
June 9th - 11th, at Harvard University Athletic Complex. 
Also be sure to check out our calendar for upcoming qualifying tournaments.

National Games
SOMA has received our quota for the 2018 USA Games in Seattle. For information on how to apply please visit th USA Games section  of the website.

Young Athletes
Looking to get your young athlete (ages 2-7) involved. Please check out our upcoming Young Athlete programs near you. Through the program, children learn new skills, play and above all, have lots of fun

New England Revolution Partnership
For the past three years, the New England Revolution Unified Team has taken the Special Olympics Unified Sports mission to Gillette Stadium and beyond! Please join us for the 2017 Unified Home Match against Chicago Fire on June 17th! The Unified Match is scheduled to kick off immediately following the Revolution First Team's contest with the Chicago Fire. 

Letter from a SOMA Parent

Jim Church is a coach, Local Program Coordinator and father of Special Olympics athlete and Global Messenger Amanda Church. H e would like to share how being a Global Messenger has empowered Amanda to take on new challenges in life. 

"My daughter, Amanda Church, has been involved with Special Olympics for the past 14 years.  During that time she has had the opportunity to compete at the state level in Aquatics and Basketball and has won numerous Gold Medals.  Additionally, Amanda had the privilege of representing our country in Aquatics on Team USA at the Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles in 2015 where she won a Silver and Bronze Medal.  Competing in SOMA athletics has challenged Amanda to improve her skills and compete at a higher level.  More importantly, it has demonstrated to her that she with drive and determination she can overcome her challenges and be successful. 
More importantly, Special Olympics are a big part of Amanda's life off the field of competition.  In addition to being an athlete Amanda is also a Global Messenger.
Read more of Jim's letter here

Each quarterly newsletter will feature a letter from a SOMA parent.  If you have a story that you would like to share, please click here to share it.  
Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Athlete Leadership? What opportunities are available in Massachusetts?

Athlete Leadership empowers athletes to develop leadership skills and use their voices and abilities to undertake meaningful leadership roles, influence change in the Special Olympics movement and create inclusive communities around the world. As athletes gain the confidence that comes with achievement, they feel empowered and ready to take on new challenges to make use of all their abilities. 

Here in Massachusetts, we offer Athlete Leadership opportunities in the following areas: 
  • Public Speaking (Global Messengers) 
  • Athlete Input councils
  • Board and committee work (Governance)
  • Self-Advocacy and Government Affairs
If you are interested in being included on future communications about any of these programs, please sign up for the Athlete Leadership email list
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512 Forest Street,  Marlborough, MA 01752