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Anticipation Growing for the Special Olympics

by Pat Montain
3/11/2015

On the morning of April 10th, the Special Olympians from all five towns will parade to Holliston High School. The parade will be accompanied by first responders from all five towns as well as the local SWAT team. The parade route starts at Stoddard Park at approximately 9:15 am.  The parade will then proceed to Central Street, Washington Street, and Hollis Street to the High School.

The Opening Ceremonies will consist of Holliston Special Olympians bringing in the Olympic torch, leading the national anthem, and the Special Olympian’s Oath.  Two special guests, Anderson Wise and Greg Schwartz, will participate in the Opening Ceremonies and assist with the Games. Anderson Wise is a power weightlifter who represented the United States at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China and at the 2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Greg Schwartz has been a Special Olympian for the past twelve years, and is training to run the 2015 Boston Marathon.

Upon completion of the Opening Ceremonies, the Special Olympic student athletes will participate in running/wheelchair races, as well as throwing and jumping/propelling events.  After the events are over, first responders from each town will present medals to their Special Olympians.

Greg Schwartz, Special Olympian who will be a special guest at Holliston's Special Olympics.

Would you like to be part of these Special Olympics? Donations are greatly needed to make this event successful. Your donation will allow these athletes to participate free of charge, and will go towards participant/volunteer t-shirts, equipment, and snacks. To see the different levels of sponsorship, please go to the Holliston High School web site (hhs.holliston.k12.ma.us) and click on Special Olympics banner. Individuals or businesses who donate a dollar or more will have their name placed on the “Wall of Fame and Fans” which will be on display at the Games. For more details, please go to the Holliston High School website.  Donations may also be mailed to Special Olympics Massachusetts, Attn: Ms. Megan Hoffman, 512 Forest Street, Marlboro, MA 01752.  In the memo line please write: 5 Town School Day Games (SDG).  Donations to the Special Olympics Massachusetts are tax deductible. Please take this opportunity to show your support!

Joseph Whalen perfecting his soccer kicking skills at the 2014 Medway Games

Fiske’s General Store is also providing an opportunity for the public to participate in donating to the 5 Town Special Olympic event. A portion of the sales from purchasing a membership or renewing a membership to Fiske’s during the month of March will be donated to the event. Consider taking advantage of this great deal!

Jake Cushing and others anticipating the "swoosh" during Medfield's 2013 basketball Special Olympic event.

A video regarding this exciting event will soon be posted on the Holliston High School website. Click on the Special Olympics banner to access it. The video was made by Kate Savage and Becca Hamilton, who are members of Holliston High School’s Best Buddies program. Two of Holliston’s own Special Olympians are featured in this video.

Please support our 5 Town Special Olympics School Day Games! Come and cheer on our student athletes!

Comments (1)

Pat, This is such a great program and you are so amazing in your work. So fun to see some of my old pals, jake and Joseph. Enjoy the event, hope you get lots of support! Sandy

Sandy mack | 2015-03-15 00:40:53