WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Sydney's Dana Hall varsity squash teammate, Sophie Langlois, joined SquashCares as the director of sewing preparations. She preps blankets prior to the nonprofit's sewing events so that the volunteers can be most productive. If you're interested in making your own ball blanket, search YouTube for the SquashCares "Ball Blanket Sewing Tutorial." You'll see Sophie leading viewers through a step-by-step guide. In addition to crafting blankets, SquashCares supports aspiring squash players by collecting athletic clothing and equipment to donate to programs for inner-city youth, including CitySquash located in the Bronx, New York; Squash Haven in New Haven, Connecticut; and SquashBusters in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Several clubs and schools serve as SquashCares collection sites, including The Maugus Club of Wellesley, The University Club of Boston, Dover Squash and Fitness Club, Cross Courts Squash & Fitness, Pomfret School, Newton Squash and Tennis Club, and the New York Athletic Club. SquashCares also donates equipment to the Professional Squash Association's ReBound Program that distributes used equipment to outreach programs in countries including Zimbabwe, South Africa, India, and Colombia. Sydney sums up SquashCares' initiatives this way: "It's really about helping people with the sport I love." Alison Heilbronner Basketball Player Sunday afternoons from November through March, you'll find Weston High School's Alison Heilbronner shooting hoops or leading drills with the Special Olympic athletes on the Heated Lions basketball team. Approximately 25 co-ed teammates, each one with a physical and/or development disability, travel from towns west of Boston to converge for team practice in the gym at The Rivers School in Weston. Each Sunday offers a unique learning experience for Alison. Sometimes, she works with one athlete who prefers to shoot and drib- ble alone. Other times she leads mini-scrimmages or laps around the gym. If it's a tournament day, she helps out with the competition, such as at the Special Olympics qualifying Kevin Clancy Tournament held at Newton North High School. Alison finds every role fulfilling and fully supports the Heated Lions' mission: to provide year- round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and young adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuous opportunities to develop Student Athletes left: Coco Clayson pens a note for a recipient of a SquashCares ball blanket right: Alison Heilbronner (third from left) with a group of Heated Lions teammates 104 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6

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