Meet Matthew Millett & Lauren Hopper; Two Special Olympics Athletes going Over the Edge for the organization they love!

24285286_gtfcJQAbove: Matt Millett going Over the Edge at last year’s event at the Hyatt Regency Boston.

Matthew Millett, age 34, from Groton, Mass., has been involved with Special Olympics since 1997. His favorite part of Special Olympics is being able to play sports with his friends and getting to know all of the volunteers that make it possible. Matt’s favorite sport is soccer, but he also enjoys basketball and this past March he had the opportunity to play during the halftime of a Celtics game with his team. Matt says what makes Special Olympics important to him is the inclusion of all abilities to play sports and the fact that what really matters is the effort, not winning or losing.

Lauren Hopper, age 22, from Worcester, Mass., studies at Quinsigamond Community College and has been involved with Special Olympics  since the age of 10 participating in track and field, skiing, biking, basketball, soccer, softball, and swimming. Her favorite part of Special Olympics is being able to see friends from across the state. Lauren loves sports and Special Olympics has given her the opportunity to train and compete while doing what she loves.

This July, Matt & Lauren will be taking fundraising to new heights by participating in Over the Edge, a unique event, which will provide them with the thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime chance of rappelling down 22-stories of the Hyatt Regency in Boston. Matt will be returning as a veteran this year, after going Over the Edge last summer. Both Matt & Lauren are very excited about this opportunity and hope to exceed their fundraising goals.

“I’ve always wanted to go rappelling so what better way to do it, then by raising money for the organization that has given me so much,” Lauren said, on why she chose to go Over the Edge.

Matt thinks it is important for people to get involved and fundraise. He will be going Over the Edge for himself and his fellow athletes.

“I have the chance to give back to this great organization and help people understand that Special Olympics is more than just a one day event,” said Matt, on why he loves to volunteer.

 Special Olympics is proud to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, while also instilling a message of acceptance, worldwide. Lauren notes, like Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said to Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968, “You know Eunice, the world will never be the same after this.”

This quote holds special meaning to Lauren who says that, “Special Olympics has changed the world, one person at a time and this is why it’s important for people to raise funds and awareness so Special Olympics can continue to change people’s lives.”

To learn more about Over the Edge or sponsor Matt, Lauren, or any of the other participants go to


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