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Become A Unified Partner

Unified Sports is designed to increase inclusion in the community, by breaking down barriers that have historically separated individuals with and without intellectual disabilities on the playing field.

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Promote Inclusion Through Sport

Special Olympics Unified Sports brings together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to train and compete on the same team. Unified partners improve their physical fitness, sharpen their skills and learn acceptance and inclusion while participating in sports alongside their peers with intellectual disabilities. 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 athletes. Individuals under 18 are required to have two non-family members write recommendations on their behalf.

1.2 million

people worldwide take part in Unified sports


of family members in the United States report that athletes improved their self-esteem after participating in Unified Sports


of Unified Sports teammates without intellectual disabilities report increased understanding of people with intellectual disabilities


Resources and Stories

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Robins Kaplan provides more than two decades of support to Special Olympics

Year after year, Robins Kaplan, LLP has hosted a golf tournament at the Myopia Hunt Club in Hamilton, MA. In the 22 years that the tournament has been held, over $1 million has been raised to benefit Special Olympics athletes.

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New England Revolution Unified Team Ends the Season with 3-0 Victory Against Nashville

On Sunday, Aug. 20 the New England Revolution Unified Team won 3-0 against Nashville SC's Unified Team—ending their season on a high note.

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Norwood Public Schools Pass the Torch to Kickstart Unified Sports Season

On Thursday, October 14th, Norwood Public Schools organized a district-wide opening ceremony and inclusive walk to demonstrate their participation in Special Olympics MA’s Unified Champion Schools program.

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