The Millett family has been supporting Special Olympics Massachusetts for over 15 years. Mary (mom) volunteers her time and helps with Winter Games. Children John and Becca participate in many of the fundraisers. Son Matt is a Special Olympic athlete who participates in all four sports seasons, is a Special Olympics Global Messenger and is a prior athlete inductee in the Hall of Fame. Son Tom has run in the Boston Marathon for Special Olympics.
On October 2nd, the Millett family, along with a class of athletes, coaches, volunteers, families and sponsors, will be recognized at the 2014 Special Olympics Massachusetts Hall of Fame induction ceremony at The Yawkey Sports Training Center in Marlborough, MA.
Special Olympics is very much a family affair for Millett’s. “We get to play sports as a family, play on the softball team together, we do the [Polar] Plunge together and we volunteer a lot together,” said Matt Millett.
“He was shy, quite,” said mother Mary of Matt’s prior demeanor before his involvement with Special Olympics. Since then Matt has traveled the world with the organization; personally meeting high profile figures like Special Olympics’ Tim Shriver, Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent and NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo. “We can’t get him to shut up now,” ribbed his brother Tom.
On the families’ induction: “Speechless, unbelievable, such an honor, to say the least,” said Mary. Double-inductee Matt joked that he can retire now, though he admits he still has five years left on the Special Olympics Massachusetts Board of Directors.
Post induction, there’s still miles to go for Millett family. “So we’re going to keep playing, keep plunging, keep volunteering and if I can put down the donuts, I’m going to run another marathon,” said Tom.