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 Belmont for softball

  • Season is June 18th through August 27th.
  • Practices held Sundays 10:00am-11:30am at Winn Brook School Field
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Unified Partners needed in Worcester for softball

  • Season is June through August 27th.
  • Practices held Thursdays 6:00pm-7:30pm in Worcester
  • Must be 19 years or older and have experience with the sport.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Unified Partners needed in Shrewsbury for Bocce

  • Season is June through August 27th.
  • Practices held Tuesdays 6:00pm-7:30pm in Worcester
  • Must be 19 years or older and have experience with the sport.
  • Please contact Aiyanna Lamkin at AIYANNA.LAMKIN@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

For More Information:

Contact Eric Archambault - email