Shared from Twitter -> https://twitter.com/SpOlympicsMA/status/1536387817290584064
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Monday, June 13, 2022
"Congratulations to the @FranklinUnified
@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
Shared from Twitter -> https://twitter.com/lburger81/status/1535293035197628416
Special Olympics official results -> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qPKFiHq532meRFCM5R6PoiaacReHslH9/view?usp=sharing
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!"|
Check out the team bio's -> https://gameon.specialolympicsma.org/basketball-roster?hsLang=en
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Thursday, March 24, 2022
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!|
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|
Saturday, March 19, 2022
"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
"🥁🥁 We're officially announcing Team Massachusetts for the 2022 @2022USAGames!
📸 Take a look at the roster, athlete bios, and some of their best action shots: https://t.co/xtNFwV58jq
#ChooseToInclude #2022USAGames "
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
- 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.
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|
Friday, December 3, 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 🤩🏰
|FHS Unified Basketball Team selected for Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando 2022|
Earlier this week, the Franklin High School Unified Basketball Team was surprised with some VERY exciting news! 🏀👀— Special Olympics MA (@SpOlympicsMA) December 2, 2021
Check out this short video to see where they're headed this summer 🤩🏰@FranklinUnified @FranklinHS @2022USAGames pic.twitter.com/CmMcN0QJUg
Saturday, June 5, 2021
Thursday, May 20, 2021
"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."
Thursday, August 29, 2019
|Carly Alston at "Bowl for a Goal"|
|Farley Asmath at "Bowl for a Goal"|
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 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:
Thursday, May 23, 2019
New England Revolution Announce Fifth Annual "Bowl for a Goal" Presented by Arbella Insurance for Aug 21, 2019
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.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Franklin Unified Partners Signed by New England Revolution and Special Olympics Massachusetts to 2019 Unified Team
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
Monday, December 10, 2018
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|
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Saturday, September 15, 2018
"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)
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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
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