WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

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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Younger sister Ella shares Will's enthusiasm for sports. As a middle school student, Ella played JV goalie on the WHS division champion 2017/2018 hockey team. Will is also a hockey enthusiast. He plays on the Boston Shamrocks adult sled hockey team for players with disabilities. In April 2018, Will and Liz traveled to Chicago for Will to participate in the 14 th annual National Disability Hockey Festival. While the Shamrocks did not have their best performance at the conference, the youth team from Boston won the championship. Will was thrilled for the younger athletes. As a kid, Will participated in multiple team sports, himself, including on the Challenger Little League team for boys and girls with mental and physical disabilities, on the MA Special Olympics flag football team, as well as on the Cotting School's Falcon's basket- ball team. Will began his education in the Preschool at Wellesley Schools, attended kindergarten at Bates Elementary, and then attended Sprague Elementary through fifth grade. Liz trans- ferred Will to the Cotting School in Lexington when she observed Will feeling sidelined so- cially and academically. He attended Cotting for seven years, a school with a mission to enable students with special needs to achieve their highest learning potential and level of independence. Will completed his education in a vocation-focused transition program at Needham High School. But, always a Raider at heart, Will participated in WHS's 2014 graduation exercises along with his peers from Sprague and received a certificate of attendance. In addition to participating in organized sports, Will plays the drums in a band called "The Next Big Thing" through the MUSE Foundation. MUSE, which stands for "Music, Unity, and Social Expansion" is a Boston-area nonprofit whose mission is to promote and foster social connections through music. In May of 2018, Will and his band performed at the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism gala. Not the retiring type, Will spontane- 92 Super Sports Enthusiast and Super Mom 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 8

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