Bridgewell proudly works with Special Olympics Massachusetts, Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong and other organizations to enhance the lives of people in our care by focusing on advocacy, human rights as well as health and wellness.
Bridgewell has had hundreds of athletes participate in Special Olympics Massachusetts for over 40 years. Team Bridgewell athletes have played in a variety of events including track and field, basketball, swimming and softball and as many as 75 athletes have competed in a given season.
Athletes must maintain optimal health, which includes year round healthy diet and exercise as well as physician’s approval. During the sport season, athletes are required to attend multiple practice sessions per week and play in a regional qualifying event for their specific sport/event in order to move on to the State Games. To afford the costs of practice space, athletic equipment, registration fees and competition housing, Bridgewell athletes, employees, family members and friends engage in year round fundraising.
Every sporting team has a team of coaches to guide them. Bridgewell employees, family and friends volunteer countless hours of time to coach, train, educate and cheer on the athletes. Coaches are required to undergo a national CORI and comprehensive training in protective behaviors, concussion awareness, SOMA orientation, sport specific training and unified sports training. Coaches help athletes discover their physical skills, self-worth, courage and capacity to grow.
Bridgewell’s three Human Rights Committees were established to promote, safeguard and protect the human dignity and legal rights of persons served by reviewing, monitoring, and investigating the activities of Bridgewell programs. The Human Rights Committee acts as an:
For more information or become involved with Bridgewell’s Human Rights Committees, contact Kelli Hyland, Bridgewell’s Assistant Director of Quality Assurance at 339-883-2125.