Get Involved as a Unified Partner

Special Olympics Unified Sports® brings together athletes with intellectual disabilities and athletes without intellectual disabilities Unified Partners to train and compete on the same team. Volunteers improve their physical fitness, sharpen their skills and learn acceptance and inclusion while participating in Unified Sports. A primary goal of Unified Sports is to equalize the ability level of Special Olympics athletes with their partners and to promote inclusion through team practice and competition.

All Unified Partners are required to complete a Class A volunteer form. Individuals over the age of 18 are required to provide their social security number as they are CORI and Background checked to ensure the safety and well being of SOMA athletes. Individuals under 18 are required to have two non-family members write recommendations for them.

The minimum age for a Unified Partner is 8 years, but some teams may have an older minimum age depending on the specific team.

Getting Started as a Unified Partner

Complete our Volunteer Interest Form so we can find available opportunities in your area.

Current Unified Partner Volunteer Opportunities:

 

2017 Spring Season: March – June

Unified Partners needed in Belmont for volleyball

  • Season is March 28th through June 11th.
  • Practices are Mondays 7:00pm-8:00pm at Chenery Middle School in Belmont.
  • Ages 22 years and older.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

 Unified Partners needed in Fitchburg for volleyball

  • Season is March through June 11th.
  • Practices are Sundays 3:00pm-5:00pm at Fitchburg State University.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

2017 Summer Season: June – August

Unified Partners needed in Danvers/North Shore for golf

  • Season is June through August 27th.
  • Practices and Location TBD – in Danvers/North Shore Area
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Unified Partners needed in Leominster for softball

  • Season is June through August 27th.
  • Practices held Sundays 6:00pm-7:30pm at Lassie League Field Complex.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Unified Partners needed in Wenham for golf

  • Season is June through August 27th.
  • Practices held at Lakeview Golf Course, practice time TBD.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

2017 Fall Season: September – November

Unified Partners needed in Fitchburg for soccer

  • Schedule: Sundays 1:15pm-2:45pm, September through November.
  • Location: St. Bernard’s Elementary School field in Fitchburg.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Unified Partners needed in Worcester for flag football

  • 2 teams available
  • Schedule: Sundays 12:30pm-2:00pm or 2:30pm-4:00pm September through November.
  • Location: Holmes Field in Worcester.
  • Volunteers must have some experience.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Unified Partners needed in Fitchburg for flag football

  • Schedule: Sundays 1:15pm-2:45pm, September through November.
  • Location: St. Bernard’s Elementary School field in Fitchburg.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Unified Partners needed in Belmont for flag football

  • Season is September through November.
  • Practices are Sundays 3:30pm-4:30pm at Winn Brook School in Belmont.
  • Ages 22 years and older.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Unified Partners needed in Danvers/North Shore for Soccer

  • Season is September thru November
  • Practices and Location TBD – in Danvers/North Shore Area
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

 

Winter Season: December – March

Bowling Unified Partners needed in North Attleboro

  • Season is December through March.
  • Practices are Fridays 3:30pm-5:30pm at North Bowl Lanes.
  • Please contact Donna St. Onge at DONNA.STONGE@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Basketball Unified Partners needed in North Andover

  • Winter Season is December through March.
  • Practices are Thursdays 7:00pm – 8:00pm in North Andover.
  • Must be 22 years or older.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Basketball Unified Partners needed in Westfield

  • Winter Season is December through March.
  • Practices are Sundays 11:30am to 12:30pm.
  • Must be between the ages of 15-21 years old.
  • No basketball experience required. The team is a Player Development team, so you will learn the sport alongside your teammates.
  • Please contact Donna St. Onge at DONNA.STONGE@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORGfor more information.

Basketball Unified Partners needed in Belmont

  • Season is December through March.
  • Practices held Mondays 6:30pm-7:30pm at Winnbrook FIeld or Mondays 7:00-8:30 at Chenery Middle School
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Basketball Unified Partners needed in Franklin

  • Season is December through March.
  • Practices are Saturdays 4:30pm-6:00pm at Horace Mann School.
  • Team ages are 21 to 30 years old.
  • Please contact Donna St. Onge at DONNA.STONGE@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Basketball Unified Partners needed in Leominster

  • Season is December through March.
  • 2 teams available: practices held Sundays 2:30pm-4:00pm at St. Leo’s Parish.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

For More Information:

Contact Eric Archambault - email