New aquatic center named for former governor
Southborough – The New England Center for Children (NECC) recently honored former Gov. Michael S. Dukakis by naming the newly constructed aquatic center for children with autism on the school's Southborough campus after him. NECC formally opened the "Michael S. Dukakis Aquatic Center," the first building in Massachusetts to be named after the former governor, with a dedication ceremony June 20.
The ceremony took place at NECC at 33 Turnpike Road in Southborough. The former governor and his wife, Kitty, were in attendance with nearly 200 friends and supporters, including Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray and U.S. Sen. John Kerry, to mark the occasion for Massachusetts and the NECC.
"The naming of the Michael S. Dukakis Aquatic Center is a fitting and much-deserved tribute to a great man," Murray said in a press release before the event. "Gov. Dukakis's advocacy on behalf of children with disabilities and the New England Center for Children is admirable and serves as an inspiration to all of us."
The new facility was named in honor of Dukakis because as governor he helped NECC implement a communitybased model of education for autistic children. Dukakis also served as cochair of the aquatic center's capital campaign.
The aquatic center, complete with an indoor pool, locker rooms and conference center, complements NECC's academic and clinical programs. An on-site swimming pool enables students to experience the various benefits of swimming as an opportunity for exercise, learning life skills and water safety on a more consistent basis.
Coincidentally, the dedication date coincided with the 45th wedding anniversary of the former governor and his wife.
For more information about NECC, call 508-481-1015 or visit www.necc.org.
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