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Community Connections

Determining One's Interests and Pursuing One's Dreams

softball team

At Seven Hills, we are passionate about cultivating interests and providing opportunities for people with disabilities to pursue their dreams. Our staff members partner with resources in the community to help connect children and adults to their personal areas of interest. Through a wide array of classes, team seasons and workshops in the Greater Worcester area, our teachers, coaches and volunteers work to ensure there is something for everyone! Throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Seven Hills staff work to make natural connections in each individual's community for social integration and interaction in their areas of interest.

Many of the sports programs offer competitions in local and state tournaments through Special Olympics in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The arts programs include community exhibitions. Volunteers, unified partners, coaches, musicians and artists are welcome to join in the fun!

Our specialists work to identify ways for organizations and groups to include people with disabilities, providing meaningful opportunities of their choice. We have established successful connections with the following organizations and groups to promote community involvement for the individuals whom we support:

  • Local YMCAs
  • Community-based learning with local area colleges
  • Best Buddies
  • Trinity Rep Theater
  • Quinsigamond Community Rowing
  • Fishing Club
  • Numerous arts and cultural organizations
  • Social media

Community Connections Spotlight

Jay with his father

Jay is the “ultimate sportsman,” said his dad Ken Carlo, as he watched his son warm up at a recent swim practice at Assumption College in Worcester, stroking smoothly lap after lap. A long-time participant in the Seven Hills aquatics program, Jay is training for both regular swim meets and for his ultimate goal: qualifying for Special Olympics.

Jay doesn’t let his developmental disability sideline him for one minute. Besides swim team, he plays catcher in the Seven Hills softball program, under the tutelage of Ken, the team’s coach. In all, Jay has participated at Seven Hills making Community Connections for 12 years.

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