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Special Olympics/Unified Soccer Program Partnership

MRFC, through its partnership with Special Olympics Washington, is on the forefront of growing its Unified Soccer Program within the MRFC Community and surrounding areas. Our focus is to not only continue our successes, but to also enhance the experience by providing more opportunities for players & athletes to train together and allow teams to compete locally and at the regional & state games.

MRFC is in the process of expanding its Unified Soccer Program by forming additional teams in Enumclaw, Orting, Buckley, Bonney Lake, and Sumner. We are currently seeking Unified Athletes, Unified Partners, coaches, and volunteers to join our teams.

Players Needed - Unified Athletes & Unified Partners (Ages: 8-15)
Special Olympics is dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. Unified Sports joins Unified Athletes (with intellectual disabilities) and Unified Partners (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.

In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability. That makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away.

Adult Coaches Needed
Whether you’re new to coaching or new to working with people with intellectual disabilities, you will discover that coaching a Unified Sports team is unlike any other experience you’ve ever had.  While the challenges may be similar – you will be defining roles in line with ability and fostering teamwork – the goals, motivations and even the meaning of winning are different.

MRFC will provide support/direction, equipment, and fields to ensure a smooth, enjoyable, and fulfilling experience. 

The Registration "Special Olympics/Unified Soccer Program Partnership" is not currently available.

If interested joining a Unified Soccer Team or have any questions prior to registering, please contact:

Charlie Carlier

Director of Recreational Soccer

Our players had a great start to their 2018 season...thank you Coach Patty Cullip!

Happy faces after a victory in the sunny weather on May 2nd

Happy faces after a victory in the sunny weather on May 2nd

Our MRFC Unified Soccer Team Captures GOLD!

We’d like to ask you to zoom in on these faces! Faces of both courage and good sportsmanship of the MRFC United: GOLD CHAMPIONS 
Congrats United, we’re very proud of you! 
“Is has been a complete honor to coach this Special Olympics team. I couldn’t be more proud of their dedication, determination and perseverance! These players took home gold today for the entire state of Washington. Way to show what hard work looks like MRFC!” 
~Coach Patti~
Games scores from the 2018 Special Olympics Washington Spring Games played at PLU: W 6-2, W 1-0, L 5-6, W 6-1