Unified Sports®

Team sports bring people together. Special Olympics Unified Sports teams do that, too, and much more – in a really fun way!

Play Unified. Live Unified.

Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

Unified Sports teams are made up of an approximately equal number of athletes (people with intellectual disabilities) and Unified Partners (people without intellectual disabilities). Our Unified teams dramatically increase inclusion in the community, using sports to help break down barriers that have historically kept people apart. Teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all.

We offer Unified basketball, bocce, candlepin bowling, 10 pin bowling, flag football, golf, soccer, softball & tennis across Maine. You can become involved in one of our Unified Sports programs as a teammate or coach, or help us start a new Unified team in your community or school!

Unified Sports Opportunities

  • Special Olympics Maine will host, local & state level competitions/tournaments throughout the year.  Check out our state and local events calendar for more information.
  • Interscholastic Unified Sports Opportunities
    • Middle & High School – Special Olympics Maine & Maine Principals’ Association have partnered to offer Special Olympics Unified Sports seasons for High School students to participate in.  Special Olympics Maine is also partnering with Middle School Athletic Associations/Conferences to offer Unified Sports seasons for Middle School students. For more information check out below or go to www.mpa.cc.
      • Unified Volleyball – Fall Season.  Unified Volleyball pairs 3 athletes and 3 unified partners to train and compete in Volleyball.
      • Unified Basketball – Winter Season.  Unified Basketball pairs 3 athletes and 2 unified partners to train and compete in Basketball.
      • Unified Bocce – Spring Season.  Unified Bocce pairs 2 athletes and 2 unified partners to train and compete in Bocce.
  • Unified PE or Unified Fitness

Unified Sports® Resources

Contact Us

Questions about Special Olympics Maine’s  Unified Sports programs? Contact us.

Upcoming Unified Sports Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.