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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 Season: September – November

Flag Football Unified Partners needed in West Springfield

  • Practices are Wednesdays 6:00pm-7:30pm at Memorial School in West Springfield
  • Season is September through November 16th
  • Must be 16 years or older for this team.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Flag Football Unified Partners needed in Bourne

  • Practices are Thursday 5:30pm-7:00pm at the Bourne Community Building in Bourne
  • Season is September through November 16th.
  • Must be 22 years or older for this team.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Flag Football Unified Partners needed in North Attleboro

  • Practices are Thursdays 5:00pm-6:30pm at the North Attleboro YMCA field
  • Season is September through November 16th.
  • Must be 16 years or older for this team.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Flag Football Unified Partners needed in Milford

  • Practices are Tuesdays 6:00pm-7:30pm in Milford
  • Season is now through November 16th
  • Must be 16 years or older for this team.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Flag Football Unified Partners needed in Dedham

  • Practices are Mondays from 5:00pm-6:30pm at the Dedham Country Day School
  • Season is September through November 16th
  • Must be 16 years or older for this team.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Flag Football Unified Partners needed in Hanover

  • Practices are Thursdays at 4:00 pm at the Cardinal Cushing Center in Hanover
  • Season is Septembers through November 16th
  • Must be 22 years or older for this team.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Flag Football Unified Partners needed in Fitchburg

  • Practices are Sundays afternoons Fitchburg area
  • Season is September through November 16th.
  • Must be 13 years or older for their teams.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Soccer Unified Partners needed in Fitchburg

  • Practices are Sundays afternoons in Fitchburg area
  • Season is September through November 3rd.
  • Must be 13 years or older for their teams.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Soccer Unified Partners needed in Hanover

  • Practices are Thursdays at 5:00 pm at the Cardinal Cushing Center in Hanover
  • Season is Septembers through November 3rd.
  • Must be 22 years or older for this team.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Soccer Unified Partners needed in Newton

  • Practices are Sundays at 10:00am-12:00pm in Newton
  • Season is September through November 3rd.
  • Must be 18 years or older for this team.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Soccer Unified Partners needed in Springfield

  • Practices are Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings in East Longmeadow and Springfield
  • Season is September through November 3rd
  • Must be 8 years or older for this team
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information