After three days of playing soccer, watching professional soccer games, and meeting professional soccer players, the Special Olympics Massachusetts crew teamed up with the rest of the Special Olympics crew as well as MLS Works to give back to the community.
The crew was assigned to a local school’s playground that needed to be painted. They spent hours painting the cement basketball, four-square, volleyball, and tether-ball courts at the school. It was an awesome way to give back to San Jose after such an amazing week!
James also got the opportunity to interview San Jose Earthquakes player Andrew Tarbell. A fellow goalie, James got to ask Tarbell for tips and about why he loves soccer.
Next, the entire crew went back to the hotel for a quick dip in the pool and then speedily getting ready for the All Star game! It was a great way to finish such an incredible week. The Special Olympics athletes and partners got the chance to go down on the Avaya Stadium field one more time during the game’s halftime. They were congratulated on their playing skills a slideshow of the week was shown on the big screen. Unfortunately, MLS was not able to secure the win, but that did not spoil anyone’s time at the game.
Lastly, as a way to wrap up the special week, the Special Olympics Massachusetts crew joined the rest of the team to have a final pow-wow about their favorite moments throughout the week. Pins, pens, and stickers were exchanged from all of the Special Olympics branches represented on each of the Unified All-Star teams.
It was a wonderful week and opportunity for Special Olympics athletes to showcase their skills!