SOVA Area 6 – Volunteer Interest Night – December 1, 6-8pm

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Come join us to find out about Volunteer opportunities with Special Olympics Area 6. SOVA Area 6 provides sports and socializing opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities in Chesterfield, Goochland, Powhatan, and New Kent counties.

The most rewarding volunteering you’ll ever experience. Our Athletes are always appreciative of everyone that makes their sports and social events possible. The love is here… so come join us!

  • Event Management
  • Committee Members
  • Coaches
  • Unified Partners
  • Council Members

This event is being held at the Special Olympics Virginia office at 3212 Skipwith Road, Suite 100, Richmond VA 23294.

We hope to meet you on December 1st at 6pm!

Please RSVP by selecting the link below if you plan to join us:

https://specialolympicsva.wufoo.com/forms/youre-invited-area-6-volunteer-interest-meeting/

Select here for a copy of the flyer: 2016-area6-volunteer-interest-night

UNIFIED Basketball Open to Grades 3-5 to be held in Bon Air

UNIFIED Basketball

A free event for all kids grades 3-5th

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Goal: To encourage inclusion and help kids develop their basketball skills. Together athletes with and without disabilities will compete with one another, getting exercise and developing friendships.

This event will consist of drills and ball work for the first half and a scrimmage the second half to showcase the learned skills, once a week for six weeks. All skill levels welcome.

When and Where: Bon Air Baptist Church
2531 Buford Rd, Richmond, VA 23235

Sundays: January 22, 29 February 5, 12, 19, 26
From 4:00-5:00

Contact: Call Ben Knight
(804)-393-2272 or email at benknight012@gmail.com

Select here to view the full flyer.
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2016 SOVA Fall Games – Virginia Beach

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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!
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Area 6 Roller Skating Team

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Area 6 Basketball Season is Coming!

Powhatan Basketball TournamentChesterfield 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.

Location Details
Full Court: Swift Creek Middle School
3700 Old Hundred Road South
Midlothian VA 23112 US

Location Details
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.

Location Details
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.

Location Details
Pocahontas Middle School
4290 Anderson Highway
Powhatan VA 23139 US

 

 

 

Powhatan Soccer and Bocce Tournament at Fighting Creek Park

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.
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The tournament included many Bocce Players, competing in teams. Below some of the players are pictured.

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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.

 



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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.Volunteers-and-Coaches-Led-by-Marjorie-Loya-Working-Out-Details-0846-web

Registration for Fall Sports

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.
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Bedford Moose Softball Tournament for Special Olympics

IMG_3723-Joe-Cook-Pitching-for-Tigers IMG_3726-Joe-Running-to-First-Base-to-get-Out IMG_3733-Cathy-Cook-at-Third-Base-with-RunnerOur 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.’)

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Chesterfield Mavericks 2nd Place Medals

Salem Barracudas 2nd Place Awards

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3rd Place Medals

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Chesterfield Wildcats 3rd Place Medals

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Chesterfield Blaze 4th Place Medals

Chesterfield Tigers 4th Place Awards

Thank you CAL – Chesterfield Aquatic League for Your Support!

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Chesterfield Aquatic League has named Special Olympics Area 6 as the recipient of their fundraising efforts for the next two years! Funds will be specifically earmarked for the Chesterfield Community aquatics and swim skills programs. This, of course, frees up funds for other sports, so all Area 6 athletes benefit. Thanks to Michael Marretti and Karin Koch for speaking to the group, and especially to Global Messenger Nick Zweerink who gave an amazing first speech!

Area 6 Awards at the Powhatan Basketball Tournament 2016

A great time was had at the Special Olympics Area 6 Basketball Tournament at Powhatan! Not only were many SOVA Area 6 Awards handed out, but Crystal Fowler was presented with her Special Olympics Virginia Athlete of the Year Award at the Opening Ceremonies.

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A Great Time was had at the Polar Plunge in VA Beach!

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Most of our Plungers for 2016!

This year, Special Olympics Virginia Polar Plunge was held a brand new host location – the Hilton Oceanfront Hotel. The Ocean Plunge was February 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM.

Thank you to all who plunged, raised money and/or donated!

After registration was complete, the day started for some of our plungers with the Costume Parade. Joining our plungers was our youngest plunger, Khloe Taylor. Khloe was a real star, waving and smiling at the parade watchers.

The parade began down the boardwalk and ended inside the heated tent on the beach by the Hilton.

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Ready for the Costume Parade wih our Polar Plunge Queen Tracy Cade.

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Khloe Taylor Waving to her ‘Fans’!

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Walking the Parade Route

Athletes waited in a heated tent for their plunge to start. They plunged to the side of the crowd and started 5 minutes earlier than the crowd.

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Athletes waiting in the Warming Tent for the Plunge to Start

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Sidney Jones Hunter, David Witt and Khloe Taylor waiting to Plunge

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The Shores/Cade family Waiting to Plunge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenny Cade is hoiding our youngest plunger, his granddaughter Khloe. Khloe, her mom Michelle Shores and grandfather plunged in support of Tony Shores, her uncle.

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Khloe Taylor and her mom Michelle Shores Heading Down to the Plunge and Plunging

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Kenny Cade Heading to the Plunge with Tony Shores and Will and Travis (behind Kenny) Hunter

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Vinny, Paul Marretti and Lily Kuhn Heading into the Water

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Sidney Jones, Ready to Get Wet.

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