I remember almost six years ago being on the team that began the process of creating a new home for Special Olympics Massachusetts. From looking for land, interviewing architects, and yeah, a lot of dreaming, it was a great experience. While I was one of many including staff, board members, volunteers and others that wanted to help, I was so proud to be a part of it. What makes me even more proud and probably everyone who has had a hand in the project is that in less than one month, this organization will officially have a new home in Marlborough; The Yawkey Sports Training Center.
It’s amazing to see the progress over the past year but incredible to see what’s close to the final product. The building is a true gem and what will go on in the building will bring the Special Olympics mission to the next level. As the country debates healthcare, who has it, and who doesn’t, it’s the perfect time to talk about the people who have had a hard time with healthcare, individuals with intellectual disabilities. This debate has been going on for a very long time.
While this building will serve as an office for staff and a training center for coaches and volunteers, it will also serve as a place to learn more about the behavioral aspects of treating health issues for the population; something that has lacked over time. The overall goal of this initiative is to make a considerable impact on the quality and availability of healthcare for individuals with intellectual disabilities and to have medical students gain comfort with this vibrant population early in their medical education.
You’ll be hearing a lot more about these issues from us in the near future and we hope you’ll take notice and help tell that part of our story. Many don’t have healthcare, can’t afford it but many in the country and around the world do not even have access to quality healthcare providers for many reasons. Special Olympics Massachusetts hopes to change that starting here.
And by the way, when this building officially opens in a few weeks, we’d love to have you stop by and get a view at the next chapter of Special Olympics Mass.