The Special Olympics soccer program is making a positive difference in the lives of the players, the volunteers and their families.
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Sunday, December 9, 2012
The Northshore Rovers Special Olympics soccer team has been meeting Sunday mornings for practices behind the Swampscott Middle School. The playing fields are filled with athletes and coaches, children and adults. There is a lot going on, the energy high, as the ball rolls and flies and the players move up and down the grassy field. The teams stop for celebrations and to drill on skills or try something new. Parents and friends line the sidelines and cover the embankments enjoying the sun, the sounds and play. One of the adults involved with the program, Kris Kennedy of Swampscott, said the program was organized by Jack and Gail Steele. Kris told us the program's players and partners — many are Swampscott volunteers including high school …
Local resident Emily Korriku, Associate Aquatics Director for the Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA and Head Swim Coach of the Marblehead/Swampscott Bluefish Special Olympic Swim team participated in the Polar Plunge Fundraiser at Revere Beach for a second time.
Local resident Emily Korriku, Associate Aquatics Director for the Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA and Head Swim Coach of the Marblehead/Swampscott Bluefish Special Olympic Swim team participated in the Polar Plunge Fundraiser at Revere Beach for a second time. To raise money for the team, Korriku plunged into the freezing cold water with her assistant coaches Lindsey Bryant (attending college for Special Education), Ben Madigan-Fried, Mariana McCarthy, committed volunteer Kasey Kennedy, and swim team member Ryan Horrigan. This will be the team’s second year attending the Special Olympics Summer Games. “It is amazing to watch each individual swimmer work hard, improve their strokes and have fun during the whole process. All the swimmers enjoy being…