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Get Involved

As a Unified Partner

Special Olympics Unified Sports

Get involved in the most inclusive sports movement around

Circular, red Special Olympics unified sports logo

Special Olympics Unified Sports® brings together athletes with intellectual disabilities and athletes without intellectual disabilities 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.

Unified sports

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 Special Olympics athletes. Individuals under 18 are required to have two non-family members write recommendations for them.

Getting Started as a Unified Partner

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

Current Unified Partner Opportunities

Fall and Winter:

Bowling in Milford

  • Practices are Monday evenings in Milford from 6pm to 7pm
  • Practices are currently going on and end in late March
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Basketball in Worcester

  • Practices are Sunday mornings in Worcester
  • Basketball starts in December and runs thru end of March/early April
  • Must be 15 years or older for this team.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Flag Football in New Bedford

  • Practices are Saturday mornings from 9am to 11am in New Bedford.
  • Practices start in September and run through November.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Basketball in Leominster

  • Practices are Sunday afternoons in Leominster.
  • Practices start in December and run thru March
  • Must be 12 years or older for this team.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Ten Pin Bowling in Gardner

  • Practices are Saturday mornings in Gardner.
  • Practices start in December and run thru March
  • Must be 12 years or older for this team.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.