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

Soccer Unified Partners needed in Marlborough

  • Season is September through November 4th.
  • Practices are Tuesdays 5:30-7:00pm location to be determined (which may affect practice time.)
  • Looking for partners in the 16-19 age range. No experience needed.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Soccer Unified Partners needed in Fitchburg

  • Season is September through November 4th.
  • Practice time and location is being finalized.
  • Must be 16 years or older for this team.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Flag Football Unified Partners needed in West Springfield

  • Season is September through November 17th
  • Practices are Wednesdays 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Must be 16 years or older for this team.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Flag Football Unified Partners needed in Lynn

  • Season is September through November 17th
  • Practices are Mondays 5:30pm- 6:30pm at Lynn English High School.
  • Looking for partners in the 8-15 age range
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Winter Season: December – March

Basketball Unified Partners needed in Fitchburg

  • Season is December through mid-March.
  • Practice time and location is being finalized.
  • Must be 16 years or older for this team.
  • Please email GETINVOLVED@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.