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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

Winter Season: December – March

Basketball Unified Partners Needed in Hanover

  • Practices are Monday evenings at 6 pm at Cardinal Cushing Centers in Hanover
  • Season starts December and ends in early March
  • Must be over the age of 18 to participate on this team
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Basketball Unified Partners Needed in Shrewsbury

  • Practices are Tuesday evenings from 6 pm to 8:30 pm in Shrewsbury
  • Season starts December 3rd and ends in early March
  • Must be between 8 and 21 years old for this team
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Ice Skating Unified Partners needed in Amherst

  • Practices are Sunday mornings from 10 am to 11:30 am in Amherst
  • Season is December – Early March
  • Must be at least 8 years or older for this team
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Candlepin Bowling Unified Partners needed in Millis

  • Practices are Sundays 3:00pm- 4:00pm at Ryan Family Amusements in Millis
  • Season is December 8th through March
  • Must be 8 years or older for this team
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Bowling Unified Partners needed in Auburn

  • Practices are Saturday mornings at AMF Auburn Lanes in Auburn
  • Season is December through March 8th
  • Must be 22 years or older for this team
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Basketball Unified Partners needed in Boston

  • Practices are Saturday mornings at the Winsor School in Boston
  • Season starts December 14 through March 14th
  • Must be 8-15 years or old for this team
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Basketball Unified Partners needed in Haverhill

  • Practices are Tuesdays 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Consentino School in Haverhill
  • Season starts November 19th through March 14th
  • Must be 15 years or older for this team
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Future Unified Partner Opportunities

Spring Season: March – June