June 2016
 Volunteer at an Event
With the official start of summer this week, that means local teams have started training for golf, bocce, softball, cycling, and fishing. There are no "lazy days of summer" for Special Olympics MA (SOMA) athletes! There are many volunteer opportunities to help each athlete train and compete at their highest ability this summer. We hope to see you soon!
"I coach Special Olympics because the [athletes] are some of the most amazing athletes and work harder than anyone I've ever met before. They are some of the most caring and incredible people!"

Head Coach Positions: (must be 18 or older and have experience with the sport)
  • Cycling in Belmont, Mondays 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • Bocce in Taunton, Wednesdays 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Bocce in Easthampton, Saturdays 2:00pm-3:30pm or Sundays 11:00am-2:30pm
  • Golf in Cape Cod, schedule TBD 
Assistant Coach Positions: (must be 16 or older)
  • Golf in Grafton, Thursdays 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • Sailing in Boston (must have experience as a skipper), Wednesdays 5:00pm-sunset
Click Here for practice locations and schedules, as well as upcoming coaching positions.

  • Golf in Grafton, Thursdays 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • Golf in Wenham, Mondays or Wednesdays 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • Softball in BelmontTuesdays 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • Softball in Leominster, Sundays 6:00pm-7:30pm
Click Here for Unified partner practice locations and schedules, as well as upcoming opportunities.
Summer Season Events

Why do you volunteer with SOMA? To support the athletes? To create a community of acceptance and inclusion? To give back while spending time with friends, family, and coworkers? Summer events are great opportunities to make a positive impact and we can't do it without you! Registration is now open for the following events:
  • July 13th - August 24th, each Wednesday 3:30pm-5:00pm in Marlborough for Young Athletes (an introduction to sports for athletes ages 2-7.)
  • July 23rd in Framingham for regional bocce, softball, and cycling Qualifying Tournaments.
  • July 30th in Easthampton for regional bocce and softball Qualifying Tournaments.

Are you a part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) program? Are you active or retired law enforcement or military? You can support athletes during the awards ceremonies, along with numerous other opportunities throughout the state. Click Here for more information.

Save the Date:
  • August 27th and 28th in the Marlborough area for Tournament of Champions, the final state tournament for bocce, softball, cycling, and golf.
  • October 15th in Cape Cod for Senior Sports, the state tournament for athletes 40 years and older.
Favorite Moments of Spring 2016

Thank you for supporting SOMA athletes this spring season. Thousands of volunteers worked together and we're lucky you're on the SOMA team. Enjoy some of the best moments in the Spring Season Thank You Video. Special thanks to all of the talented volunteer photographers who captured these beautiful moments. Additional pictures are available Here

Thank You!
Thank You!
Are you ready to go Over The Edge?

You can support summer season athletes while getting the best view in Boston as you rappel down the Hyatt Regency Boston. Spots are still available for the July 16th Over the Edge Boston event. Reserve your rappel spot today!
Young Athlete Spotlight: Ava Dye
Ava Dye
Ava Dye

As the sports of Spring 2016 sprang into action, so did Special Olympics Massachusetts Young Athletes Program, hosted in our very own Yawkey Sports Training Center in Marlborough, MA. A group of 2-7 year olds came together to learn the basic skills that create the foundation of sports. The purpose of this program is to enable those who do not reach the minimum competition age (of 8 years old) to be introduced to sports. By way of games and activities, the Young Athletes learn to develop motor skills and increase their hand-eye coordination. The program introduces its participants and their families to the Special Olympics world while also encouraging new skills, new friendships, and a whole lot of fun.
Ava is a 6 year old participant in the 2016 Young Athletes program.  After her first introduction to Special Olympics, Ava's mother, Kathy, shared her thoughts on the Young Athletes experience:
"We've only been involved [with Special Olympics Massachusetts] through this one program, which we absolutely loved. We've known about Special Olympics for years (Ava just turned 6) but had always heard that [athletes] had to be 8 years old to participate. We heard about [Young Athletes] from a friend on Facebook!  Gotta love the power of social media. It was thrilling to find out there was a Young Athletes program that Ava could enjoy. And this is a chance for her to blossom and build confidence. We've been excited to be part of Special Olympics since Ava was born 6 years ago, so to get the chance to get involved before her 8th birthday is awesome.
"The program was such an eye-opener for me. Her confidence built each week and her self-esteem built as well.  She was able to come in with confidence, run around, meet new friends, feel welcome and loved. Just the fact that she got to try things she had never done before also built her confidence. It shows her and me that she can do anything! It was a win-win for us!

The Marlborough Young Athletes Summer Session starts July 13th. Register Here to volunteer and train with Ava and other young athletes.

Special Olympics Massachusetts | Yawkey Sports Training Center | 512 Forest Street | Marlborough | MA | 01752