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The Special Olympics of Massachusetts is coming to Auburn for the eighth consecutive year according to Recreation and Culture Director, Kristen Pappas.

Auburn High will host the basketball events, and bowling will be held at AMF Auburn Lanes.

“So many people and groups in the community help make this event a huge success” said Pappas about the event. “From the Auburn-Webster Elks providing 500 hot lunches to Girl Scouts running activities for the participants between games, to the student volunteers. This is why Special Olympics wants to keep coming back to our Town.”

“Special Olympics offer the highest quality Olympic-style sports training and competition for people with intellectual disabilities. This changes attitudes and changes lives” said Special Olympics of Massachusetts president, Mary Beth McMahon.  “.Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes gain confidence and build positive self-images, which they take with them into their homes, classrooms, jobs, and communities.”


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This year, Pappas has announced a full blown craft fair will be held at Auburn High to complement the Special Olympics games. “We’re going to have a two-day craft fair. I am looking for vendors for health and wellness awareness, as well as for local artisans” said Pappas.

Pappas also said they are seeking both vendors and volunteers for both days of the activities.

Any vendor interested in reserving selling space can contact Kristen Pappas at (508) 832-7736 or


Anyone interested in volunteering either individually or as a group can register online at the Special Olympics of Massachusetts web site.

The events will take place on Saturday March 12 and Sunday March 13, 2016 from 9am to 3pm at both Auburn High and AMF Lanes.

Auburn High School Gymnasium – 99 Auburn St., Auburn, MA

AMF Auburn Lanes – 101 Southbridge St, Auburn, MA