Bill O’Connell of Abington, MA has been a Special Olympic Massachusetts athlete for over 40 years. He began his career competing in track and field, has played volleyball, and most recently he has participated in aquatics events, winning a gold and bronze at the 2014 Summer Games. While he enjoys these sports, his true love, and the sport in which he has had the most success and participated the longest, is bowling, where he is the co-captain of the team.
On October 2nd, O’Connell, 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.
Summer Games is one of the highlights of the year for O’Connell. Each year he receives a calendar for Christmas, and that weekend is one of the first things he marks on it. As co-captain of the bowling team, he takes that responsibility very seriously. O’Connell has been an athlete with Cambridge for most of his years, however he recently moved to the South Shore and now will be competing with the Cardinal Cushing program, bringing with him his experience, leadership and hall of fame talent.