On Friday April 21, 2017, L C Bird High School located at 10301 Courthouse Road Chesterfield VA will again host the Annual Special Olympics Virginia Area 6 Track and Field Event. Beginning at 10 AM, at the “Athletics Field”, the school marching band will “kick off” the event for almost 200 Special Olympics Athletes. There will be almost 400 track and field events taking place and athletes will be arriving from all over the greater Richmond Metropolitan Area. Athletes from the surrounding county schools and from within the community will be awarded ribbons throughout the day as they compete.
This will be the fourth year that Dr. Herbert, Principal, at L C Bird, along with her students and staff, will host this annual event. The school has been planning and creating decorations to enhance and add to the festive atmosphere because Special Olympics is more than “just sports”. The event represents an opportunity for the students of L C Bird along with numerous volunteers from the community to “stand side by side” with Special Olympics athletes and support the Special Olympics Movement. Special Olympics is inclusion, unity, tolerance and acceptance. Through work in the fields of health, education, community building and sports, Special Olympics addresses inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation of people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics Virginia (www.specialolympicsva.org), created by The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, is a year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Area 6 Special Olympics serves approximately 1,000 athletes in the Richmond metropolitan area and the surrounding counties. For further information about this event, or the local Area 6 Program contact Michael J. Marretti at (804) 370-5926 or email@example.com . For more information on how to support, volunteer or get involved with Special Olympics Virginia, contact Aly Truesdale, at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Select here for a video interview from WRIC TV of our two world Athletes heading to Austria!
Every four years, thousands of Special Olympics athletes from around the world come together to showcase their athletic skills and celebrate the true spirit of competition through winter sports. Through the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games, Special Olympics athletes and coaches will transcend boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture and religion. The event was held from March 14, 2017 to March 25, 2017 in Graz, Schladming, Ramsau, and Schladming-Rohrmoos, Austria and will include 3,000 athletes and coaches representing 110 countries and over 10,000 family members, volunteers and spectators.
We are proud to announce that two of our Area 6 Athletes have won Medals in the World Games! They honor Area 6 with their hard work and determination. Congratulations Chrissy and Craig!
SOVA Area 6 World Athletes
Chrissy Dryer competed in Speed Skating in the 222M and 333M events. She won a Gold Medal in the 333M with a time of 01:38.478 and a Silver Medal in the 222M with a time of 01:03.658.
Please join us in congratulating Chrissy for her Medals and hard work and effort during the competitions.
Craig Licorish competed in Speed Skating in the 500M and 777M races. He won Bronze Medals in both events with times of 01:58.804 in the 777M and 01:19.394 in the 500M. Please join us in congratulating Craig for his Medals and hard work and effort during the competitions.
Select here for the SOVA page that talks about the team and events.
Manchester Moosel Lodge #699 is held a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, March 11 to benefit Special Olympics Area 6. The Moose Lodge is located at 11110 Trade Road, Richmond VA 23236. Thanks to the Moose Lodge, they have raised $1000 for Special Olympics Area 6. Thank you to all the Moose Lodge people that ran the event and to all the people who attended and chowed down on Spaghetti that night!
Manchester Moose Fundraiser Flyer
Area 6 Athletes and their chaparones were invited to attend the Pro Wrestling Show at West Point High School on March 11 2017. Before the show they took part in a meet and greet with the wrestlers, many Athletes obtaining autographs. After that they enjoyed the Pro Wresting Show. Seating was reserved and attendance was free for those registered with SOVA. Below are some pictures from this great time.
Chesterfield Community Swimming practices will be held on Sundays beginning on January 22, 2017 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm at:
Collegiate School Aquatics Center
5050 Ridgedale Parkway,
North Chesterfield VA 23234 US.
Two levels of swimming are offered:
- Aquatics practice will be held from 6 – 7 pm. (For swimmers who can swim at least 25M unassisted)
- Swim skills practice will be held from 7 – 8 pm. (For swimmers who cannot swim at least 25M unassisted)
If you have any questions, please contact:
Opening Ceremony with Brooke and Victoria
Area 6 Athletes competed in many events at the Special Olympics Virginia 2016 Fall Games in Virginia Beach. The sports our Athletes competed in were bocce, bowling, golf, soccer and volleyball. (If I missed anything, please let me know!).
Jayne Hancock, our fearless leader (local coordinator) from Goochland says it all:
“Had a great weekend at State Special Olympics Fall games in Va. Beach! Athletes, chaperones, and coaches had a great time. My athletes participated in bocce. I would like to give a special thank you to Charlotte that comes from a North Carolina to run this event. She works hard to follow the rules and meet the needs of all athletes. Sportsmanship was fantastic. Out athletes received first, second, or third place awards. The smiles say it all. Our Goochland bus drivers did an awesome job!”
Here are some pictures from the Fall Games. I will add more pictures as I receive/find them!
Area 6 Roller Skating Team
Chesterfield Community Basketball starts Monday, November 14 at Swift Creek Middle School at 6pm. Team selection should be completed after Monday November 21 . You must register to join a Special Olympics Area 6 Chesterfield basketball team. Registration is now closed. Please contact Karin Koch at SOVA.Chesterfield@verizon.net if you have any questions.
Full Court: Swift Creek Middle School
3700 Old Hundred Road South
Midlothian VA 23112 US
St. Mark’s Methodist Church
11551 Lucks Lane
Midlothian VA 23114
Goochland Basketball practice starts November 7 at 3pm for our Goochland Athletes. If you are interested in playing or partnering, please come to the Goochland Recreational Center at 3:00 pm on November 7. Please contact Jayne Hancock at Goochland@Area6SOVA.org if you have any questions.
Goochland Sports Complex
1800 Sandy Hook Road
Goochland VA 23063
Powhatan Basketball starts Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 pm at Pocoh0ntas Middle School. Please come and let us know you would like to play or partner with our Athletes. Please contact Pat Fowler at Powhatan@Area6SOVA.org if you have any questions.
Pocahontas Middle School
4290 Anderson Highway
Powhatan VA 23139 US
Local Area 6’s Powhatan is holding their second Soccer and Bocce Tournament on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Powhatan’s Fighting Creek Park. Everyone did a great job and had fun again this year!
Harry Hancock, our Events Director, will start off the day with the Opening Ceremony at 9am sharp.
Below are pictures from last year’s tournament. Come out to play or come out to cheer, it’s a great time for all!
The tournament included many Bocce Players, competing in teams. Below some of the players are pictured.
Soccer teams represented included 5-a-side teams Chesterfield Kickers, Chesterfield Blue Crush, and Henrico Bulldogs; and Area 31 Youth and Chesterfield Force 7 aside teams.
And last but not least, we would like to pay tribute to all our volunteers that make these competitions possible. We really appreciate the help from students from Blessed Sacrament who acted as referees and score keepers. And we would like to thank our coaches and board members for all their work on behalf of our Athletes.
Registration for Roller Skating is now closed. Registration for Special Olympics fall sports in Chesterfield County is now closed for soccer and volleyball.
To register for fall sports in other Area 6 locals, please contact your local coordinator to see if registration is still open.
Our weekend at Bedford was cut short, but we had a great time while it lasted! Sunday’s games were rained out, so we had the medal awarding ceremony at 9am Sunday morning before everyone headed home. Here are some of the results for Area 6.
We would like to thank the Bedford Moose Lodge along with all the other Bedford resources that volunteered and provided everything for this wonderful event.
If you have better pictures or pictures that are missing from here, please send them to web@area6SOVA.org.
(Please feel free to send any pictures and/or stories you would like considered for postiong on this website to this same email address. Pictures and stories will be considered if they are relevant to Area 6 activities and events. Be sure to include the name and date of the event. For Example; ‘Bedford Moose Softball Tournament, April 29-May 1, 2016.’)
Chesterfield Mavericks 2nd Place Medals
Salem Barracudas 2nd Place Awards
3rd Place Medals
Chesterfield Wildcats 3rd Place Medals
Chesterfield Blaze 4th Place Medals
Chesterfield Tigers 4th Place Awards