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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

Spring Season: March – June

Volleyball Unified Partners needed in Fitchburg

  • Season is March through June 9th.
  • Practices are Sunday afternoons at Fitchburg State University.
  • Must be 16 years or older for this team.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Volleyball Unified Partners needed in New Bedford

  • Season is March through June 9th.
  • Practices are Saturday 9:00am-11:00am at Dennison Memorial Community Center in New Bedford.
  • Must be 16 years or older for this team.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.