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Welcome to the #PlayUnified Podcast, where we meet at the intersection of sports, disability, philanthropy, entertainment and community building. Listen as we discuss why sports is such an important part of life, community and social change. Guests will include local sports figures, government officials, small business owner and figures within the Special Olympics movement
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May 22, 2017

Welcome to the #PlayUnified Podcast where we meet at the intersection of sports, disability, philanthropy, entertainment and community building. Listen as we discuss why sports is such an important part of life, community and social change. Guests will include local sports figures, government officials, small business owners and figures within the Special Olympics movement.

 

Greg Schwartz set himself a goal to finish the Boston Marathon in under 4 hours. Listen to this episode of the #PlayUnified Podcast to find out how he did! Greg and his om Patti stopped by the Yawkey Sports Training Center to share Greg's experiences from his 2nd Boston Marathon and touched on everything from training to race day memories from all 26.2 miles! 

Nick and Charles talk about Unified soccer, partnerships and upcoming events. 

Mar 24, 2017

Welcome to the #PlayUnified Podcast where we meet at the intersection of sports, disability, philanthropy, entertainment and community building. Listen as we discuss why sports is such an important part of life, community and social change. Guests will include local sports figures, government officials, small business owners and figures within the Special Olympics movement.

This week, Seekonk High School students, Daniel, Elizabeth, Kathleen, and Heather, discuss their time playing Unified Sports through the MIAA Unified Track & Field and Basketball programs. They were in the house for the 2017 Youth Leadership Conference. Nick and Charles go through a packed News of the Week, which included discussion around the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria, the final 2016/17 Special Olympics Massachusetts Basketball Power Rankings - who will finish on top?

Mar 9, 2017

Welcome to the #PlayUnified Podcast where we meet at the intersection of sports, disability, philanthropy, entertainment and community building. Listen as we discuss why sports is such an important part of life, community and social change. Guests will include local sports figures, government officials, small business owners and figures within the Special Olympics movement.

This week we have Gregg Gallant on the podcast talking about his experience as a Special Olympics athlete, staff member, fundraisers and all around athlete leader. Gregg also previews the state Winter Games. News of the week touches on the Polar Plunges, partnerships including bank of  

Feb 6, 2017

Welcome to the #PlayUnified Podcast where we meet at the intersection of sports, disability, philanthropy, entertainment and community building. Listen as we discuss why sports is such an important part of life, community and social change. Guests will include local sports figures, government officials, small business owners and figures within the Special Olympics movement.

Lauren Hopper, a Special Olympics Athlete, Coach and Gloabal Messenger was visiting the Yawkey Sports Straining center to drop off paperwork and we were lucky enough to have her join this week's podcast. Lauren discusses the extended family that has grown from the Special Olympics program in Auburn, MA, super bowl predictions and the slam dunking athletes she coaches.  Hosts, Nick and Charles get you caught up on some news from around Special Olympics. Nick unveils the updated SOMA Unified Sports Basketball power rankings.

Jan 30, 2017

Welcome to the #PlayUnified Podcast where we meet at the intersection of sports, disability, philanthropy, entertainment and community building. Listen as we discuss why sports is such an important part of life, community and social change. Guests will include local sports figures, government officials, small business owners and figures within the Special Olympics movement.

Tyler Lagasse, Special Olympics golfer and Global Messenger discusses what makes someone great, why he focuses on character and how the local Boston sports teams are doing - including a Super Bowl prediction! Hosts, Nick and Charles get you caught up on some news from around Special Olympics (internationally and right here in Massachusetts). Nick unveils the first SOMA basketball power rankings of the 2016/17 season. 

Oct 31, 2016

 

Welcome to the #PlayUnified Podcast where we meet at the intersection of sports, disability, philanthropy, entertainment and community building. Listen as we discuss why sports is such an important part of life, community and social change. Guests will include local sports figures, government officials, small business owner and figures within the Special Olympics movement.

Colin and Amanda Davidson discuss their involvement with Special Olympics as athletes and as a married couple. The two have represented Special Olympics USA at World Games and their home states at USA games in the past. They have some cool stories and ideas for how to make the movement event stronger! 

Aug 22, 2016

Welcome to the #PlayUnified Podcast – formerly known as “Sports is the Catalyst” – where we meet at the intersection of sports, disability, philanthropy, entertainment and community building. Listen as we discuss why sports is such an important part of life, community and social change. Guests will include local sports figures, government officials, small business owner and figures within the Special Olympics movement.

James and Sarah are two of the Keith Kids who represented Special Olympics Massachusetts in San Jose, CA at the MLSWORKS Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Experience Presented by ESPN. You can see more about their experience on our blog at specialolympicsma.wordpress.com/ 

Apr 18, 2016

Welcome to the #PlayUnified Podcast – formerly known as “Sports is the Catalyst” – where we meet at the intersection of sports, disability, philanthropy, entertainment and community building. Listen as we discuss why sports is such an important part of life, community and social change. Guests will include local sports figures, government officials, small business owner and figures within the Special Olympics movement.

Loretta Claiborne was in Boston for a few speaking engagements and she was kind enough to stop by the Yawkey Sports Training Center to record this podcast. Loretta has been an inspirational leader in the Special Olympics movement for over 30 years! She started competing when she was a child and since then has finished 26 marathons, competed at World Games and spoken to the UN!!

Apr 12, 2016

Welcome to the #PlayUnified Podcast – formerly known as “Sports is the Catalyst” – where we meet at the intersection of sports, disability, philanthropy, entertainment and community building. Listen as we discuss why sports is such an important part of life, community and social change. Guests will include local sports figures, government officials, small business owner and figures within the Special Olympics movement.

Greg ran the 2015 Boston Marathon as part of the Special Olympics Massachusetts charity team with John Hancock. Greg had never run a marathon before, but since Patriots Day 2015, he has been planning his next race. After taking a year off from Boston, Greg will be running a full marathon this fall and then carry his training right into 2017 with hopes of returning to Heartbreak Hill and the rest of the Boston Marathon course!

Mar 7, 2016

Welcome to the #PlayUnified Podcast – formerly known as “Sports is the Catalyst” – where we meet at the intersection of sports, disability, philanthropy, entertainment and community building. Listen as we discuss why sports is such an important part of life, community and social change. Guests will include local sports figures, government officials, small business owner and figures within the Special Olympics movement.

Matt Grimes and his coach Jennifer Walsh stop by for the Special Olympics Massachusetts Podcast re-boot and discuss their time spent at the 2016 NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified game which took place during the NBA All Star weekend in Toronto, Canada. You’ll never guess who recognizes Matt in the hotel lobby after the game and gives him a huge shout out! Matt recounts the selection process and why this experience was so important to him. 

Mar 20, 2014

Welcome to the #PlayUnified Podcast – formerly known as “Sports is the Catalyst” – where we meet at the intersection of sports, disability, philanthropy, entertainment and community building. Listen as we discuss why sports is such an important part of life, community and social change. Guests will include local sports figures, government officials, small business owner and figures within the Special Olympics movement.

In Episode three, we chat it up with Rick Gorman, Founder and Executive Director of North Andover Youth and Recreation Services. Talking community building, Special Olympics and a little March Madness for good measure!

Rick is also the founder of BST Academy and the New England Storm AAU Basketball program. Rick has dedicated his entire professional life to improving lives of youth in the Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts.

Jan 28, 2014

Welcome to the #PlayUnified Podcast – formerly known as “Sports is the Catalyst” – where we meet at the intersection of sports, disability, philanthropy, entertainment and community building. Listen as we discuss why sports is such an important part of life, community and social change. Guests will include local sports figures, government officials, small business owner and figures within the Special Olympics movement.

On episode two we chat with Joe Haggerty, CSNNE Bruins insider, about the 2014 Bruins, sports as a community catalyst for community and social skills. Hags discusses how he got involved with Special Olympics and how that changed his perspective on the organization. “It brings out a level of joy and competition in the athletes that is so refreshing to watch.”

Jan 24, 2014

Welcome to the first ever Special Olympics Massachusetts Podcast - formerly known as "Sports is the Catalyst" the podcast is now under the "Play Unified Podcast" moniker. 

In this first episode we meet Gail Steele at the intersection of sports, disability, philanthropy, entertainment and community building. We are excited to speak with guests who can highlight how sports can be a catalyst for community building and social change. 

Gail is a local program coordinator along with her husband of the North Shore Rovers soccer team in Swampscot, MA. For Gail sports is a was to challenge yourself and experience the team camaraderie. For her family, Special Olympics is a way of life, full of stories and inspiration. 

 

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