Unified Partners

Unified Partners compete alongside Special Olympics athletes. Training together and playing together becomes a quick path to friendship and understanding.

Are you new to Special Olympics Minnesota?

Get more information via our Interest Form!

Are you connected with a Special Olympics Minnesota team? Are you an existing Unified Partner? Do you need to update your level 1 certification?

All Unified Partners who work with athletes need to be Level 1 certified.

Step 1: Complete the online volunteer application
You’ll receive an email from [email protected] to complete your background check. If you need a printable PDF, please contact [email protected]

Step 2: Complete the online level 1 certification course and quiz
This training is designed for new Unified Partners, and current Unified Partners who need to renew their Protective Behaviors training. General Orientation, Protective Behaviors and Concussion are all included in the Level 1 training.

Interested in sports specific training?

Optional: Unified partners can become Level 2 certified in all SOMN sports. Please visit our Coaches Training page.


Coach Education
[email protected]