FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Special Olympics Massachusetts and the New England Revolution today announced the signing of 15 Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes and Unified Sports® partners to the 2020 New England Revolution Unified Team. Marking the sixth year of the Revolution’s partnership with Special Olympics Massachusetts, the club will be one of eight MLS teams fielding a Unified team in the 2020 Unified We Play competition, a series of virtual events beginning this week.
The 15 members of the 2020 Revolution Unified Team, all of whom hail from Massachusetts, recently signed their contracts with the club and received their official team jerseys. This year’s team consists of seven Special Olympics athletes and eight Unified partners. The team will compete in the virtual 2020 Unified We Play Competition, which begins Monday, June 29 and continues until Friday, July 31, with the winner being announced the week of August 3. The Revolution are one of eight MLS teams represented in the competition alongside Atlanta United, Colorado Rapids, Houston Dynamo, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City.
2020 Revolution Unified Team
Special Olympics Massachusetts Athletes:
Aaron Allen Hingham, Mass.
Shawn Barton Stoughton, Mass.
Preston Hall North Andover, Mass.
James Keith North Andover, Mass.
Lumene Montissol Mattapan, Mass.
Sam Spinney Newburyport, Mass.
JP Young Milford, Mass.
Unified Sports® Partners
Carly Alston Franklin, Mass.
Farley Asmath Franklin, Mass.
Ashley Fenton Chicopee, Mass.
Brooke Fenton Chicopee, Mass.
Calen Frongillo Franklin, Mass.
Claude Joseph Weymouth, Mass.
Olivia Marshall Milford, Mass.
Connor McMahon Millis, Mass.
The Unified We Play Competition is designed to be a fun, inclusive and unique competition experience for Unified teams. Traditionally, Unified teams travel to play one another in matches inside MLS stadiums but will be unable to do so this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. This marks the first year in which Unified teams will compete virtually.
Teams will compete against one another each week, with points earned from each head-to-head matchup across three divisions: total distance walked or run during the designated week, soccer skills challenge, and a “Minute to Win It”-style challenge, where athletes will compete via video conference or submit pre-recorded footage of themselves completing assigned tasks. Points will be added to the overall standings and the Unified team with the most points at the end of the competition will be crowned champion.
New England Revolution 2020 Unified We Play Schedule
New England Revolution Unified vs. Atlanta United Unified
New England Revolution Unified vs. Houston Dynamo Unified
New England Revolution Unified vs. Sporting Kansas City Unified
New England Revolution Unified vs. Colorado Rapids Unified
New England Revolution Unified vs. Real Salt Lake Unified
About Special Olympics Massachusetts:
Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) provides year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programming for over 13,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities across the state in over 450 year-round sporting competitions. Through the power of sport, the movement transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Massachusetts also works with hundreds of schools across the Commonwealth, using sports as a tool to create inclusive communities. Learn more at www.specialolympicsma.org.
About Unified Sports
Special Olympics Massachusetts is proud to have founded the Unified Sports program in 1984. Although the initiative began locally, today it is featured in over 120 countries globally through the international Special Olympics Movement. Officially launched in 1989, Special Olympics Unified Sports has gained momentum over the last three decades due in large part to multiple partners and supporters who have facilitated the growth of the program, such as ESPN, the Department of Education, Lions Club International and many other sports leagues, companies and associations. The Unified Sports competitive model combines Special Olympics athletes and partners as teammates on sport teams for training and competition. All athletes and partners on a Unified Sports competitive team must have attained the necessary sport-specific skills and tactics to compete and teams that participate in this model may be eligible for advancement to Regional and World Games.