Massachusetts Special Olympics Assn. Incorporated

Rating: 4 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Health, Human Services, Sports

Location: The Yawkey Sports Training Center 512 Forest Street Marlborough MA 01752 USA


 The mission of Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of well-coached Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Massachusetts also provides athletes with continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, prepare for entry into school and community programs, express courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics Athletes, and the community.

Programs: MSOA addresses the need for recreation for persons with mental retardation. MSOA's program seeks to develop sports teams made up of individuals with and without mental retardation at the middle school level for expansion into the high school level, and eventual inclusion into the regular school-based athletic schedule ($150,000). One of MSOAs recent accomplishments was unified sports development in 38 Massachusetts middle schools.
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Rating: 3 stars  

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This organization tends to be okay in some ways. Depending on the local program you volunteer with, some teams might be great with helping with the atheles while others may not. You just have to watch out on which Local Programs you compete on either as a athlete, Unfied Partner, or volunteer as a coach. One of the local programs I competed with at one time (Bowling, Alpine Skiing, and Aquatics) did have not very good volunteers running that program as some of the volunteers in that one local program did not care to help some of the athletes pretty much. However, I did complain to the Section Director in my area about my situation and she was more than willing to help refer me to another local Program that was very willing go above and beyond to help the athletes. To this day, I learned my big lesson in being careful into choosing Special Olympic teams that are big or small. It is very important to connect with the right people who are willing to go beyond and above to help athletes and other volunteers such as a chaperone, coach, or Unfied Partner go into competition such as State Games.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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As the parents of a 39 year old man with intellectual disability, we are so grateful for the huge positive impact that Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) has had on our son since he joined at age 8 (now open to 2 year-olds through Young Athletes Program!). Although originally we were told by the doctor that he would be unable to do much beyond sitting and rocking in a corner, he has trained and competed in 15 sports (of SOMA's 27) ranging from track and field, to power-lifting, alpine skiing, equestrian, sailing, and all the "ball"sports.

Through SOMA, he has competed in 3 Special Olympics World Games, including Dublin, Ireland, earning Gold Medals in each.

While the great physical fitness he has gained from his participation in Special Olympics for 31 years is impressive, far more important is the self-confidence and self-esteem he has gained. That confidence has enabled him to become an Eagle Scout, and to earn his driver's license.

While a prime example of the huge impact of this wonderful organization, he is only one of some 13,000 athletes who are continuing to participate and benefit from Special Olympics Massachusetts, all of whom are achieving beyond the expectations of others.

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