Showing posts with label Special Olympics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Special Olympics. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

"The Power of Unified Sports" - Tyler Morrill's story (video)

"You may have seen Tyler Morrill’s buzzer beater moment at the @2022USAGames, securing gold for Team Mass Basketball. But what you didn’t know was that before finding @FHSSports  Unified Basketball, Tyler lived a very different life.

Check out his story: youtube.com/watch?v=6q_tGw"

Shared from Twitter -> https://twitter.com/SpOlympicsMA/status/1536387817290584064


Monday, June 13, 2022

FHS Unified Basketball team gets a gold medal welcome home! (video)

"Congratulations to the @FranklinUnified  on Bringing Home the Gold!!!"

"Welcome back @FranklinUnified  this was the first basketball team to qualify at the @SpecialOlympics  for Team Massachusetts…and they brought home GOLD! Congratulations"

Video 1 Shared from Twitter ->  https://twitter.com/editorvar/status/1536131176490012673 

Video 2 shared from Twitter ->  https://twitter.com/TOFranklinMA/status/1536095160685273088



Saturday, June 11, 2022

FHS Unified basketball team brings home the Gold!

The FHS Unified Basketball team, representing Massachusetts at the Special Olympics games won the Gold Medal in the final of the High School Interscholastic Division B finals on Friday. The team topped Oregon 37-35 after reaching the finals by topping Connecticut on Thursday by a 27-26 score.

"We did it!! This team❤️🥳. GOLD! When you play as friends, with heart, and have fun, great things happen!❤️🏀. The continued support is overwhelming!"

Shared from Twitter -> https://twitter.com/lburger81/status/1535293035197628416 

Special Olympics official results ->   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qPKFiHq532meRFCM5R6PoiaacReHslH9/view?usp=sharing


FHS Unified basketball team brings home the Gold!
FHS Unified basketball team brings home the Gold!

Friday, June 10, 2022

CBSNews: "Franklin High School's Unified Basketball team competes in Special Olympics in Florida" (video)

"A very special opening ceremonies at the Special Olympics in Orlando, Florida included a team from Massachusetts. 
Franklin High School's unified basketball program is the first from Massachusetts to qualify for the Special Olympics. 
And they are as special as it gets. 
"They have come here and they have shown everybody what they're made of; their compassion, their 'supportsmanship,' their abilities on that court. There are no words to express how fantastic this group of 10 really is," coach Lisa Burger told WBZ-TV."

Continue reading the article on view the video online -> https://www.cbsnews.com/boston/news/franklin-high-school-unified-basketball-team-gold-medal-games-special-olympics-orlando-florida/ 


Saturday, May 21, 2022

"the first Unified Basketball Team to represent Massachusetts at the national level!"

Meet Team Massachusetts!  
Did you know these 10 athletes and Unified partners from @FranklinUnified  make up the first Unified Basketball Team to represent Massachusetts at the national level!?
"the first Unified Basketball Team to represent Massachusetts at the national level!"
"the first Unified Basketball Team to represent Massachusetts at the national level!"

Check out the team bio's ->  https://gameon.specialolympicsma.org/basketball-roster?hsLang=en

10 athletes and Unified partners from @FranklinUnified
10 athletes and Unified partners from @FranklinUnified  

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Franklin Unified Basketball fund raising event April 25 - 6 PM at FHS Gym

"On 4/25/22, there will be an event for Team Massachusetts! In coordination with this event, we are kicking off a fundraising campaign for all things Unified, Team Massachusetts and Special Olympics.

Please consider donating and joining us! givebutter.com/vWXn33"

Franklin Unified Basketball fund raising event April 25 - 6 PM at FHS Gym
Franklin Unified Basketball fund raising event April 25 - 6 PM at FHS Gym

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Help the Unified Basketball team by getting a Jersey Mike's sub on March 30

Let’s get everyone ordering!

Please help the Franklin High Unified Basketball Team represent the state of Massachusetts at the USA Special Olympics games this June!!

Our very own Franklin High Unified Basketball Team is going! 

WHEN????  Wednesday, March 30   all day

Jersey Mikes Subs will be giving 100% of the proceeds to the Unified Team!!!

Please support our team!!!!!


Franklin High School Unified Basketball - taking the court tonight at the Celtics game!
Franklin High School Unified Basketball - taking the court tonight at the Celtics game!


BTW - "Franklin High School Unified Basketball - taking the court tonight at the Celtics game! Lifetime of memories! So PROUD!  @SpOlympicsMA  @MIAA033"

Shared from Twitter:   https://twitter.com/FHSSports/status/1506809929499394050

Help the Unified Basketball team by getting a Jersey Mike's sub on March 30
Help the Unified Basketball team by getting a Jersey Mike's sub on March 30

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Team Massachusetts USA Games Training Camp (video)

"Team Massachusetts got together for a weekend in March for a USA Games Training Camp. We got to know each other with team building games, bowling & even a freezing cold New England Revolution Game! On Sunday we learned a team dance and sat in on classroom sessions that taught us more about the Games. We can't wait for Orlando!"

The FHS Unified Basketball team is part of Team Massachusetts, You might recognize a few faces in the video. Thanks to KateLuvs2Laugh for the tip to the video!


Friday, February 4, 2022

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Recap: School Committee hears about (1) special education program, (2) daily challenges of pandemic, and approves trip to US Special Olympics

Quick Recap:
  • The major portion of the meeting was spent on special education and student services in support of the 17% of the district students needing such services. Always a cost factor for the budget, the costs are rising but the number of students receiving such services is holding steady.
  • Great background info for this new Committee (and for the public) on how services are provided, how the in district programs help to reduce costs. Specific details on exactly how much were not available at this session but will be for the up coming budget cycle.
  • The update on the COVID-19 pandemic and the struggle it is continuing to provide the schools and their operations was staggering.
  • The capital budget was approved and it now moves forward to a discussion with Finance Committee before going to the Town Council for approval.
  • The budget adjustment to the current year budget was approved.
  • FHS Unified basketball team trip to US Special Olympics was approved. This is the first MA team to represent the state at this event. No cost to district, supporters group prepared to cover any incidental expenses for the individuals if needed.
  • Entered Executive Session to address three items and (fortunately) while the agenda posted initially said they would return to open session, they did announce they wouldn't.
Audio recording to be available in a couple of days.

View the full Twitter thread in the embedded PDF file below or download to read from here ->  https://drive.google.com/file/d/11L35-x8AUhH3qbg3VYwNCy6pTsv4iSmP/view?usp=sharing

Note this Threadreader service makes it easier to share the Tweets including the photos within the 'stream.' For meetings where the thread has less photos, I'll copy the text but where there are photos, this is so much easier to keep it all together.



Recap: School Committee hears about (1) special education program, (2) daily challenges of pandemic, and approves trip to US Special Olympics
Recap: School Committee hears about (1) special education program, (2) daily challenges of pandemic, and approves trip to US Special Olympics

Friday, December 3, 2021

FHS Unified Basketball Team selected for Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando 2022

Special Olympics MA (@SpOlympicsMA) tweeted Thu, Dec 02, 2021:
Earlier this week, the Franklin High School Unified Basketball Team was surprised with some VERY exciting news! 🏀👀

Check out this short video to see where they're headed this summer 🤩🏰

https://t.co/CmMcN0QJUg
FHS Unified Team selected for Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando 2022
FHS Unified Basketball Team selected for Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando 2022


Shared from Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SpOlympicsMA/status/1466425320635043847


Thursday, May 20, 2021

New York TImes: "Lee Evans, Olympic Runner Who Protested Racism, Dies at 74"

"Lee Evans, the Black American runner who won two gold medals at the racially charged 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City and at a presentation ceremony wore a Black Panther-style beret and raised his fist to protest racism in the United States, died on Wednesday. He was 74.

His death was announced by USA Track and Field, which did not say where he died or cite the cause."
Continue reading the article online  (subscription may be required)
 
Coverage from The Guardian: (Continue reading the article online  (subscription may be required)
 


Lee Evans raised his fist after receiving the gold medal in the 400 meters at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. With him were his teammates Larry James (left), who won the silver, and Ronald Freeman, who won the bronze.Credit...Associated Press
Credit...Associated Press

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Alston and Asmath "Bowl for a Goal"

Carly Alston and Farley Asmath from Franklin, MA joined the New England Revolution at their fifth annual Bowl for a Goal presented by Arbella Insurance on Wednesday, August 21 at Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Patriot Place to support Special Olympics Massachusetts. Carly and Farley spent the evening bowling and spending time with Revs Players and their fellow Special Olympic teammates.

Carly Alston at "Bowl for a Goal"
Carly Alston at "Bowl for a Goal"
The players and coaching staff joined Special Olympics MA athletes and Revs supporters on the lanes for bowling, and a full night of entertainment, trivia, photos and autographs. All profits from the evening, including ticket sales as well as the evening’s silent auction and raffle, benefited Special Olympics Massachusetts.

Farley Asmath at "Bowl for a Goal"
Farley Asmath at "Bowl for a Goal"
All profits from the evening, including ticket sales as well as the evening’s silent auction and raffle, benefited Special Olympics Massachusetts. In the five years of the event they have raised over $300,000 through Bowl for a Goal. The relationship with the organization extends well beyond the annual fundraising event. The two organizations have once again teamed up for a full summer of events aimed to promote an environment of inclusivity and friendly competition through the power of sports.

For more information about the New England Revolution and “Bowl for a Goal” please visit www.revolutionsoccer.net/community/bowl-for-a-goal

Friday, June 21, 2019

Alston,Asmath and Frongillo: photo session with NE Revolution

Franklin athletes Carly Alston, Farley Asmath and Calen Frongillo, participated in the second annual Unified Team Day at Gillette Stadium, hosted by the New England Revolution.

Alston, Asmath and Frongillo are a part of the Special Olympics Unified Team – made up of about a dozen Special Olympics athletes and partners – which aims to develop and strengthen the existing bonds between members of the Special Olympics Massachusetts and the New England Revolution players and promotes inclusion within sports.

The Unified team attended a Revolution training session ahead of participating in a special photo session with Revolution players.

This marked the third event of the Revs’ season-long partnership with Special Olympics, following the Unified Team Open Clinic in March and the team’s contract signing in May. 

On August 21, the annual fundraising event “Bowl For a Goal,” will direct all proceeds to Special Olympics Massachusetts, climaxing the season-long partnership – more information on the annual event can be found at revolutionsoccer.net.

Six photos from the photo session with NE Revolution players Juan Agudelo and Carles Gil are shown in the Flickr slideshow:

Special Olympics Unified Team

Thursday, May 23, 2019

New England Revolution Announce Fifth Annual "Bowl for a Goal" Presented by Arbella Insurance for Aug 21, 2019

The New England Revolution Charitable Foundation's hallmark annual charity event – Bowl for a Goal presented by Arbella Insurance (#BowlforaGoal) – will return for a fifth year on Wednesday, August 21 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM ET at Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Patriot Place.

Bowl for a Goal provides fans with the opportunity to spend an evening alongside Revolution players, coaches, on-air talent, and local celebrities. All profits from the evening benefit Special Olympics Massachusetts in its mission to provide year-round sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities. General admission tickets are now on sale for $35 and may be purchased online here using the promo code "BOWL".

"Bowl for a Goal is one of the most special evenings of the year for me and the entire club, as we have the rare opportunity to bring the entire Revolution family together under one roof to celebrate a wonderful organization, Special Olympics Massachusetts," said Revolution President Brian Bilello. "We are fortunate to have such great partners in Special Olympics and Arbella Insurance, without whose support this event would not be the success it has been for the previous four years. We look forward to another great night and a successful season ahead for the Unified team."

The 2019 season also marks the fifth year of the Revolution's Special Olympics Unified team, which sees more than a dozen athletes with and without intellectual disabilities sign contracts with the Revolution, interact and train with first-team players, and play in a pair of matches -- away against D.C. United on July 12, and home at Gillette Stadium against New York City FC on Sept. 29. The Unified team's season kicked off on March 31 with an open clinic in Foxborough, followed by the team's signing day at Gillette Stadium on May 6.

"Special Olympics Massachusetts along with the New England Revolution have made a tremendous impact on children and young adults with intellectual disabilities," said Gayle O'Connell, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of the Arbella Insurance Group. "This is our fifth year supporting Bowl for a Goal and it's incredible to see how much this event has grown. We're thrilled to be able to continue our longstanding partnership."

Emceed by 98.5 The Sports Hub's Rob 'Hardy' Poole (@Hardy985), the event will feature music and entertainment provided by Boston's own DJ Roy Barboza (@DJRoyBarboza). For more than 15 years, DJ Roy Barboza has been entertaining area listeners with his eclectic blend of hip-hop, R&B, reggae, and many other styles. DJ Barboza is currently the Music Director at HOT 96.9 FM in Boston, and can be heard on HOT 96.9's Morning Grind, Throwback Lunch, and Rush Hour, among other programs.

In addition to the live music entertainment, food, and drinks, Bowl for a Goal will also feature a silent auction and raffle with a wide range of experiences and exclusive memorabilia available, including the following:

· Signed Revolution jerseys from several chart-topping musical acts
· Boston sports memorabilia including signed Revs, Patriots, Red Sox, and Celtics jerseys
· One-of-a-kind experiences including game and concert ticket packages

Since the first Bowl for a Goal fundraiser in 2015, the Revolution have continually raised the bar with donations to Special Olympics Massachusetts exceeding $60,000 annually, including a record $80,000 from last year's event. The partnership between two organizations extends far beyond the fundraising events, as they have again teamed up for a summer full of events aimed at promoting an environment of inclusivity and friendly competition through the power of sports.

"We are so excited to be celebrating the fifth year of Bowl for a Goal," said Mary Beth McMahon, President and CEO of Special Olympics Massachusetts. "This event represents the best of the partnership between Special Olympics and the New England Revolution. It's unified, the community gets involved, it grows every year, and new partnerships are formed because of the incredible experience. I cannot thank the Revolution enough for all they have done, and continue to do in the name of inclusion."

"Bowl for a Goal is doubly great for Special Olympics because our amazing partners at Arbella are the presenting sponsors," McMahon added. "Arbella continues to go above and beyond to share our mission with their agents, clients, and employees. We can't wait to see all of our friends on August 21!"

To reserve your General Admission tickets for only $35, please click here. For more up-to-the-minute information on the Revolution, visit the team's official web site at revolutionsoccer.net, or join the conversation and interact with fans on any of the team's social platforms.

Calen Frongillo
Calen Frongillo

Carly Alston
Carly Alston

Farley Asmath
Farley Asmath

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Franklin Unified Partners Signed by New England Revolution and Special Olympics Massachusetts to 2019 Unified Team

Franklin, MA Unified Partners Carly Alston, Farley Asmath and Calen Frongillo were signed by the New England Revolution and Special Olympics Massachusetts to their 2019 Unified Team on May 6 at Gillette Stadium. 

The signing is part of the organizations’ partnership that leverages the power of sports to promote an environment of inclusion and friendly competition. The Special Olympics Unified athletes met with Revolution coaches, signed their contracts, and met the media.

The Unified signing marks the second event of the 2019 partnership between the Revolution and Special Olympics Massachusetts. The Revs and Special Olympics Massachusetts joined forces in March for their Unified Clinic which serves as a precursor to three other events slated for this summer: a pair of Unified matches at D.C. United on July 12 and at Gillette Stadium against New York City FC on Sept. 7, and the club’s annual fundraiser, Bowl for a Goal presented by Arbella Insurance, on Aug. 21.

Revs sign Special Olympics athletes and Unified Partners at fifth annual Unified Team signing day
Revs sign Special Olympics athletes and Unified Partners
at fifth annual Unified Team signing day

Calen Frongillo
Calen Frongillo

Carly Alston
Carly Alston
Farley Asmath
Farley Asmath

Monday, December 10, 2018

Tip a Cop - Special Olympics Fund Raising - Dec 12

Tip-A-Cop, Special Olympics fundraiser, Dec. 12 5-9 PM at @BritishBeerCo in the Franklin Village Mall.

Come down to the British Beer Company to enjoy dinner and help raise money for Special Olympics. Officers will be working with wait staff to give you extra special service!

Tip a Cop - Special Olympics Fund Raising  - Dec 12
Tip a Cop - Special Olympics Fund Raising  - Dec 12

Follow the event on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/events/527254447755248/

Saturday, September 15, 2018

FHS named a "Special Olympics Unified Champion School"

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

"Special Olympics Massachusetts has announced that Franklin High School, a Special Olympics Unified Champion School, is receiving national banner recognition for its efforts to provide inclusive sports and activities for students with and without disabilities. 
Franklin High School is receiving this honor as a result of meeting national standards of excellence in the areas of inclusion, advocacy and respect. An award celebration will take place at the school at a date and time to be determined by the school. 
Franklin High School is one of ten schools in Massachusetts and 131 schools nationally to receive this distinction. The school will be presented with a banner to hang in their school and be included on a list of other schools around the country who have achieved this distinguished status."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180914/strongfranklin-high-school-to-receive-banner-recognitionstrong

https://twitter.com/SpecialOlympics
https://twitter.com/SpecialOlympics
For more about Unified Champion Schools
https://www.specialolympics.org/our-work/unified-champion-schools

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Live reporting: proposal for new sports teams

d. FHS Proposal for New Sports Teams
Brad Sidwell, Peter Light

working with a variety of folks in the community, to identify needs not currently being met
youth programs, booster groups, etc.
feasibility studies done, impact on budget, most cases budget neutral for sports
some are grant funded to defray the costs



inclusion of special education students
applied for a Best Buddies grant, also received a grant from Special Olympics to help with this
would need to get the special ed students paired with a partner


  • unified track program an extension of Best Buddies

this is a no cost program for the students as it is being funded by grants


  • lacrosse teams at freshman level

nothing currently elsewhere in the Hockomock League
would look around to get games for competition outside the league
need to be careful with Title 9 and offer similar programs for boys and girls

BC High, St John's Shrewsbury, Duxbury mentioned as possible competition at this level

'if Franklin builds it, the other Hockomock teams will follow'
Sabolinski - we started in 2003 with the girls hockey team, lead the way then and are continuing to lead as we need to


  • gymnastics

the only team in the Hockomock League without a team
have met with parents for three years to review this team
would need to find space for the team to practice and compete, should not be an issue

gym equipment is large and expensive and hard to store so this would be a good start

discussion with School Committee members, then audience, then to be voted on later tonight

actual cost is the cost to the district

we have not decreased in number of kids at the high school participating
we have decreased in percent participation

Q - explored the opportunity for a second JV team
A - scheduling is even harder, the teams at the freshman level is usually available

did explore a variety of options, did try a freshman/JV program and it didn't work so well
this should get us with a good start

325-375 boys in the lacrosse program last several years
good success at this level, the quality of talent is there, the volume and interest is there