Get Involved as a Unified Partner

Special Olympics Unified Sports® brings together athletes with intellectual disabilities and athletes without intellectual disabilities Unified Partners 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.

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 Massachusetts athletes. Individuals under 18 are required to have two non-family members write recommendations for them.

The minimum age for a Unified Partner is 8 years, but some teams may have an older minimum age depending on the specific team.

Getting Started as a Unified Partner

Complete our Volunteer Interest Form so we can find available opportunities in your area.

Current Unified Partner Volunteer Opportunities:

 2017 Summer Season: June – August

Unified Partners needed in Shrewsbury for bocce

  • Season is June through August 27th.
  • Practices held Tuesdays 6:00pm-7:30pm in Worcester
  • Must be 19 years or older and have experience with the sport.
  • Please contact Donna St. Onge at DONNA.STONGE@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Unified Partners needed in Belmont for softball

  • Season is June 18th through August 27th.
  • Practices held Sundays 10:00am-11:30am at Winn Brook School Field
  • Must be 22 years or older for this team.
  • Please contact Donna St. Onge at DONNA.STONGE@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Unified Partners needed in Worcester for softball

  • Season is June through August 27th.
  • Practices held Thursdays 6:00pm-7:30pm in Worcester
  • Must be 19 years or older and have experience with the sport.
  • Please contact Donna St. Onge at DONNA.STONGE@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Unified Partners needed in Peabody for softball

  • Season is June 27th through August 27th
  • Practices held Tuesdays 6:00pm-7:30pm at Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody.
  • Must be 16 years or older for this team.
  • Please contact Terry Keilty at TERRY.KEILTY@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

2017 Fall Season: September – November

Unified Partners needed in Belmont for flag football

  • Season is September through November 11th
  • Practices held Sundays 10:00am-11:00am at Winn Brook School Field
  • Must be 22 years or older for this team.
  • Please contact Donna St. Onge at DONNA.STONGE@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Unified Partners needed in Fitchburg for flag football

  • Season is in the fall, September through November 11th
  • Practices held Sundays from 1:15pm to 2:45pm in Fitchburg
  • Please contact Donna St. Onge at DONNA.STONGE@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Unified Partners needed in Fitchburg for soccer

  • Season is in the fall, September through November 5th
  • Practices held Sundays from 1:15pm to 2:45pm in Fitchburg
  • Please contact Donna St. Onge at DONNA.STONGE@SPECIALOLYMPICSMA.ORG for more information.

Unified Partners needed in North Shore/Danvers area for soccer

For More Information:

Contact Eric Archambault - email