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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physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes, and the community. It's not only a love of basketball that powers Alison's passion for volunteering with the Heated Lions, but also the bonds she develops with the players and their families. Still, it's hard work. Alison notes, "After an exhausting hour working with the team, I have the utmost respect for the players' parents who have 24/7 caregiving responsibilities." Alison hopes to one day work in the medical field to help find ways to eradicate developmental disabilities. Cassandra and Isabelle Winkelman Soccer Players and Runners The Wellesley United Soccer Club desper- ately needed one more coach for a third grade girls' team. There were parents willing to be assistant coaches for Team Germany, but not for the head coach position. The Club approached some of its high school age players, including twin sisters Cassandra and Isabelle Winkelman, to see if anyone would be game. Isabelle and Cassandra willingly agreed to be the "test case" for high school students coaching a town youth soccer team. And what a test case they were. Their team of eight- and nine-year-old girls finished the fall season feeling proud not only of their wins, but also of how well they played together as a team. When asked about the secret for their success, the sisters mentioned that they think 106 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 left: Cassandra (top row second from left) and Isabelle (top row third from right) Winkelman with Wellesley Youth Track & Field Club (WYT&FC) right: Isabelle (far left) and Cassandra (second from right) join Bethany Pasko (third from left) and WYT&FC athletes past and present

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