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Friday Was Very SPECIAL

by The Publishers
March 24, 2019

If you were able to attend the Five Town School Day Games at HHS on Friday, you know just how special the day was.  If you were in the downtown area (and maybe beyond) Friday morning you certainly heard the procession of emergency vehicles from all five towns that escorted the athletes to the HHS Field House.

100 athletes from Ashland, Millis, Medway, Medfield, and Holliston came together with their volunteer helpers and cheering fans and families to demonstrate their hockey skills.  

All the athetes and volunteers marched into the field house led by Torchbearer, Joseph Whalen.  The Massachusetts State Police Pipes and Drum band provided the marching beat and HPD color guard presented the National and State flags.

Alanna Buchanan, backed up by the Holliston High School 'Harmonix', sang the Star Spangled Banner to a very enthusiastic crowd.

Lindsey Franco, from Adams Middle School, led the athletes in their oath, "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."  Every athlete took the oath to heart and gave it their all in seven different hockey skills.

The entire school community supported the day's events.  There was a Bruins cutout photo booth, painted and manned by High School art students (every athlete received their photo at the end of the ceremonies).  Adams Middle Schoolers built the table hockey 'rinks'.  Members of the Holliston High hockey team manned the goals as the athletes took shots on goal.

Blades, the Boston Bruins mascot, was on hand throughout the morning's activities.  The Boston Bruins Foundation are major supporters Special Olympics Massachusetts. 

The Foundation's logo was emblazoned on a t-shirt proudly worn that day by HPS Business Manager (and huge Bruins fan) Keith Buday.  The slogan especially rings true for members of the Holliston Public Schools' community.

Awards were distributed to all the athletes by First Responders from their home town with a special assist from Blades and his friends from the Bruins.

Holliston Public Schools' Director of Student Services, Meg Camire, and her team planned since the beginning of the school year to make the day so special for the athletes and fans.  Congrats to Meg and her team for a wonderful day that made us very proud to be Hollistonians.  Also, thanks to Principal Nicole Bottomley and the entire Hollliston Public Schools administration who provided the resources to make the day possible.

The last act of the day was for Joseph to pass the torch to an athlete from Ashland.  The Ashland schools will host next year's 5 Town School Day Games.  We hope that this event, that started in 2013, will continue to bring joy to special athletes in our communities for years to come.

There are too many pictures to include in this story so we've put together an album that can be viewed on the Holliston Reporter Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/HollistonReportercom-155733254139/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10157105710084140

 

 

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