Thursday, October 25, 2018

In the News: Hopkinton adds unified basketball; kindergartener paints his finger nails

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"With a little more than seven minutes left on the clock in the first period of the Unified Sports basketball game at Hopkinton High, Max McNamara lines up a three-pointer and sinks it. 
He lifted his hands and jumped across the court as dozens cheered during the team’s first-ever home game against Worcester Tech. 
“Just like the last two games,” McNamara said of sinking the shot. The 17-year-old senior with autism enjoyed having his brother, Grant, referee the game and being cheered on by his sister, Emma. The three are triplets. 
Special Olympics Unified Sports programs promote social inclusion through sports by joining people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team, according to the organization. Hopkinton High launched the unified program last spring with a track team and added the basketball team this fall."

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"With his chin held high, Sam Gouveia, 5, went back into his kindergarten classroom on Tuesday morning with more confidence and, of course, freshly painted fingernails. 
On Monday night, Sam’s father, Aaron, posted on his internationally popular Twitter account, DaddyFiles, about how his son had been ridiculed by his young classmates because of his painted nails that day. Though Aaron said he doesn’t blame the school or the teachers for the incident, he took to social media nonetheless. 
“I love painting my nails,” Sam said, laughing. “I’m just a crazy man, and it just looks pretty.”

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