CHR's charity for the month of October is the Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA). It provides year-round sports training, athletic competition and other health-related programming for athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout the state. At SOMA, athletes train and compete through local practices and competitions to qualify for sectional and statewide events.
The transformative power of sports to instill confidence, improve health and inspire a sense of competition is at the core of what SOMA does. Sports are a powerful force. They can shift the focus from disability to ability, from isolation to involvement. This changes attitudes and changes lives. In 2013, SOMA provided sports training and competition programming for 12,933 athletes, with the help of over 9,000 volunteers. They accomplished this through 106 competitions throughout four sports seasons across the state. SOMA provides all of its programming for free to all participants. It relies on the support of numerous individuals and businesses to accomplish its mission.
Everyone is encouraged to support this cause through active participation or through a donation. For more information visit http://www.specialolympicsma.org