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MPWS Athletics

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Welcome to the home of the MPWS Galloping Ghosts, our robust athletics program. 

ESDAA Girls Basketball Tournament

Save the Date! MPWS is thrilled to host the Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association Girls (ESDAA) Division 1 Girls Varsity Basketball Tournament, February 10-12, 2023. 

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Introducing: MPWS

Walden School and Marie Philip School are committed to empowering our students. We have athletic and academic teams that have contributed to stellar reputation. These teams consist of students from both schools; however, the team’s name has only historically represented one school. That practice is not only inequitable and does not model our mission statement, but it does not match the energy and advocacy our students pour into TLC. Therefore, moving forward, our teams (this means: all sports, Academic Bowl, Battle of the Books, etc.) will represent both schools as ‘MPWS’ which stands for Marie Philip and Walden Schools.

Inside Our Athletic Programs

High School

Our high school sports teams compete on the varsity, junior varsity and club level in eight sports. Our boy's teams include Varsity Soccer, Volleyball, Junior Varsity and Varsity Basketball, Cheerleading, and Track teams. Our girl's teams include Varsity Volleyball, Basketball and Track & Field. Our club sports teams include Disc Golf, Baseball, and Softball. Our sports teams are competitive, winning five Deaf National Champions across Boys and Girls Basketball and Boys Soccer. 

Our Varsity teams at the end of each season may be recognized as team of the year, player of the year, coach of the year and All Americans by NDIAA (www.ndiaa.us) as well recognitions from our leagues (MBIL, GIL, IGC), NEPSAC, and ESDAA.

High School Athletics

Middle School

basketball player dribbling through players

Our Middle School athletics program emphasizes skills development in preparation for high school varsity competition. We develop strengths and work on weaknesses while building a better understanding of the game. Our middle school teams compete in the NEPSAC as well as with other private schools and Deaf schools. We compete in the Eastern Deaf Middle School tournament, winning four consecutive championships from 2017-2020.

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Elementary

A group of elementary students posing in their basketball uniforms.

Our Elementary athletics program helps to prepare students for middle school sports by introducing sports to students. We emphasize sportsmanship when playing sports. Current sports for elementary students include volleyball, soccer and basketball.

Volleyball

Instructors: Kangni He and Delasha Singleton

Soccer

We compete in Framingham United Soccer Club league and participate in its clinics.

Grades K-2 Head Coach: Mike Higgins
Asst. Coaches: Joshua Vanik and Emily LaRose

Grades 3-5 Head Coach: Joshua Vanik 
Asst. Coach: Emily LaRose

Basketball

Our kindergarten and grade 2-4 teams play in local club leagues. Grades 3-6 compete in the New England Schools for the Deaf Youth Basketball Tournament. 

Special Olympics

Soccer player giving a thumb up!

Students who are eligible to compete in Special Olympics participate in local events and competitions. Deafness is not a qualifier for the Special Olympics, but students may meet other eligibility criteria like intellectual disabilities or cognitive delays. Students who fit the criteria, are age 8 and have the desire to participate in Special Olympics are given every opportunity and supported in their competitions. 

We currently offer soccer, bowling and track and field through a partnership the Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA).

Special Olympics Soccer Coordinator: Laura Novotny 

High School

Our high school sports teams compete on the varsity, junior varsity and club level in eight sports. Our boy's teams include Varsity Soccer, Volleyball, Junior Varsity and Varsity Basketball, Cheerleading, and Track teams. Our girl's teams include Varsity Volleyball, Basketball and Track & Field. Our club sports teams include Disc Golf, Baseball, and Softball. Our sports teams are competitive, winning five Deaf National Champions across Boys and Girls Basketball and Boys Soccer. 

Our Varsity teams at the end of each season may be recognized as team of the year, player of the year, coach of the year and All Americans by NDIAA (www.ndiaa.us) as well recognitions from our leagues (MBIL, GIL, IGC), NEPSAC, and ESDAA.

High School Athletics

Middle School

basketball player dribbling through players

Our Middle School athletics program emphasizes skills development in preparation for high school varsity competition. We develop strengths and work on weaknesses while building a better understanding of the game. Our middle school teams compete in the NEPSAC as well as with other private schools and Deaf schools. We compete in the Eastern Deaf Middle School tournament, winning four consecutive championships from 2017-2020.

View Middle School Athletics

Elementary

A group of elementary students posing in their basketball uniforms.

Our Elementary athletics program helps to prepare students for middle school sports by introducing sports to students. We emphasize sportsmanship when playing sports. Current sports for elementary students include volleyball, soccer and basketball.

Volleyball

Instructors: Kangni He and Delasha Singleton

Soccer

We compete in Framingham United Soccer Club league and participate in its clinics.

Grades K-2 Head Coach: Mike Higgins
Asst. Coaches: Joshua Vanik and Emily LaRose

Grades 3-5 Head Coach: Joshua Vanik 
Asst. Coach: Emily LaRose

Basketball

Our kindergarten and grade 2-4 teams play in local club leagues. Grades 3-6 compete in the New England Schools for the Deaf Youth Basketball Tournament. 

Special Olympics

Soccer player giving a thumb up!

Students who are eligible to compete in Special Olympics participate in local events and competitions. Deafness is not a qualifier for the Special Olympics, but students may meet other eligibility criteria like intellectual disabilities or cognitive delays. Students who fit the criteria, are age 8 and have the desire to participate in Special Olympics are given every opportunity and supported in their competitions. 

We currently offer soccer, bowling and track and field through a partnership the Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA).

Special Olympics Soccer Coordinator: Laura Novotny 

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The athletics program at TLC/MPS presented an empowering environment where I discovered the importance of fitness and wellness, learned from role models whose experiences were similar to my own, and gained valuable leadership tools that gave me the confidence to push the limits of what I could achieve in sports, school, and life. 

TLC/MPS '03, Princeton University Men's Ice Hockey (NCAA D-1), 2005 USA Hockey Disabled Player of the Year, 3-time Deaflympian, 2-time Deaflympic gold medalist, current design director at an award-winning international architecture firm. 

Jeff Mansfield
TLC Alumni

"TLC's Athletics Program helped me realized there are opportunities out there for sports, such as Deaflympics, Olympics, semi-professional and professional.  Put your 100 percent passion in sports if you want to succeed in life. Our school is a Deaf team where I can be myself and show people who we are. I come from a hearing family and there is a lot of difficulties but the team made it look easy. TLC Athletics taught me a lot. You learn from one another."

SHAQUANA MCDONOUGH
CLASS OF 2009