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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

Unified Partners needed for Soccer in Springfield

  • Practices are Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings in East Longmeadow and Springfield September through November 3rd
  • Ages 8 and up
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Unified Partners needed for Flag Football in West Springfield

  • Practices are Wednesdays 6:00pm-7:30pm in West Springfield September through November 16th
  • Ages 16 and up
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Unified Partners needed for Flag Football in North Attleboro

  • Practices are Thursdays 5:00pm-6:30pm at the North Attleboro YMCA field, September through November 16th
  • Ages 16 and up
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Unified Partners needed for Flag Football in Hanover

  • Practices are Thursdays at 4:00 pm at the Cardinal Cushing Centers, September through November 16th
  • Ages 16 and up
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Unified Partners needed for Soccer in Hanover

  • Practices are Thursdays at 5:00 pm at the Cardinal Cushing Centers, September through November 16th
  • Ages 22 and up
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information

Unified Partners needed for Flag Football in Milford

  • Practices are Tuesdays 6:00pm-7:30pm in Milford Starting August 13th through November 16th
  • Ages 16 and up
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information