Registration is now open for Speed Skating Training to be held Wednesdays, January 13 – March 16. Registration is for adults only. Skaters still attending school must register through teachers. We hope to see you there!
Speed Skating Training Starts January 13 at 5:45pm.
Richmond Ice Zone, 636 Johnston Willis Dr., N Chesterfield VA 23236
Speed Skating Registration for Adults
Select here to fill out the registration form on Google Forms.
Registration is now open for bowling in Chesterfield! Special Olympics athletes from all Area 6 counties are welcome to join! Friday night bowling will be for competitive bowlers at Bowl America Southwest. Sataurday mornings will be Bowling for Run at Holiday Bowl. We hope to see you at one of these programs!
Competitive Bowling Starts up January 15 at 5:45pm.
Bowl America Southwest, 11532 Hull Street Road, Midlothian VA 23112 US
Bowling for Fun Starts Saturday, January 16, 2016 11:00am
Holiday Bowl, 11400 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Richmond, VA 23237
Competitive Bowling and Bowling for Fun Registration
Click here to fill out the registration form on Google Forms.
Special Olympics Aquatics and Swim Skills Training will be held Sunday evenings at the Greater Richmond Aquatics Center starting January 24, 2016: Aquatics 6-7 pm; Swim Skills 7 – 8 pm. Athletes from other Area 6 counties are welcome to join! (Goochland Aquatics Training will begin in March. Information for Goochland registration will follow at a later date.) We hope to see you there!
GRAP (Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership), 5050 Ridgedale Avenue, Richmond VA 23234
Aquatics & Swim Skills Registration
Fill out the registration form on Google Forms.
Check the Calendar or Click on the Event Below for more information.
Beginning November 16 – Mondays: Chesterfield Full Court Basketball at Swift Creek Middle School.
Beginning November 17 – Tuesdays: Chesterfield Half Court Basketball at St. Mark’s Methodist Church. Note: This is a change from previous years!
December 7 – Mondays: Goochland Basketball Starts at the Goochland Sports Complex
January 13 – Wednesdays: Area 6 Speed Skating Training Begins at Richmond Ice Zone.
January 15 – Fridays: Area 6 Bowling starts at Bowl America Southwest at 5:45pm AND
January 16 – Saturdays: Area 6 Bowling for Fun starts at Holiday Bowl at 11:00am.
January 23 – Sundays: Area 6 Aquatics and Swim Skills Start. Aquatics 6-7pm. Swim Skills 7-8pm. Greater Richmond Aquatics Center.
February 6 – Saturday: Special Olympics Virginia Polar Plunge in VA Beach. When you sign up, be sure to select team Area 6 on Ice to support your local area.
February 27 – Saturday – RVA Plunge Winter Fest, The Shops at Willow Lawn Feb. 27, 2016, at a new location, The Shops at Willow Lawn. When you sign up, be sure to select team Area 6 on Ice to support your local area.
February 28 – Sunday – James River Regional Basketball Tournament at St. Christopher’s School.
March 6 – Sundays – Chesterfield Community Softball begins at Bensley Park at 1pm.
March 7 – Mondays – Goochland Swimming starts at the Goochland YMCA at 3:30pm.
March 10 – Thursdays – Area 6 Tennis begins at Huguenot Park Tennis Courts at 6pm.
March 21 – Mondays – Chesterfield Athletics begins at Swift Creek Middle School at 6pm.
April 24 – Sunday – James River Regional Swim Meet at the GRAP (Greater RIchmond Aquatics Partnership)
April 30 – May 1 – Saturday and Sunday – James River Regional Softball Tournament at Bedford VA sponsored by the Bedford Moose Lodge.
May 20 -22 – SOVA Appreciation Weekend at the 2016 Powhatan County Fair. More information to come.
June 10-11 – SOVA Summer Games at University of Richmond and satellite venues.
Local Area 6’s Powhatan held a Soccer and Bocce Tournament on Saturday, October 23 at Powhatan’s Fighting Creek Park. Everyone did a great job and had fun.
Harry Hancock, our Events Director, started off the Opening Ceremonies with Marjorie Loya presenting the SOVA Area 6 ‘Path to Independence Award’ to Doug Chaffins, a dedicated and hard working volunteer and coach from the Powhatan Local Area. Thank you Doug for all your help in making our program successful!
Next, Rachelle Hope led the Athletes, coaches, volunteers and guests in the pledge of alliegence. This was followed by Area 6’s very own World Champion Bocce player, Mary Davis, saying the Athelete Oath and Cornelia DeWitt saying the prayer to start the games. Finally Tommy Harrison ran the torch around the field (though the torch was missing, so pretend!). After that Harry said “Let the games begin!” and everyone went to their field/court to start the competition.
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.
We are looking for stories and pictures to post about the Fall Games on the Area 6 Website. If you have anything you would like added, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope all our Athletes, coaches and chaparones had a great time and die well in all the competitions.
Area 6 Athlete Mary Davis qualified for the Special Olympics World Games this summer and headed for the Los Angeles Competition. She was part of the U.S. Team’s 141 person delegation.
Mary and her husband have played Bocce for years after Karin Koch, a long time Area 6 volunteer, introduced her to the sport. She is very appreciative of all the help from her counselor, Keisha Walker, and all the Special Olympics volunteers that make it possible for her to play Bocce.
Mary returned from Los Angeles with three medals in Bocce, including the Gold Medal in the four-person team competition. Her two bronze medals were in doubles and singles competition.
Area 6 is very proud of Mary!
At the 2015 SOVA Summer Games in June, Area 6 was represented by 25 amazing track and field athletes. Over the course of two days, each one competed in two individual events including the following: long jump (standing and running),softball throw, mini-javelin, wheelchair obstacle course and slalom races, 25M and 100M wheelchair races, 25M, 50M, 100M, 200M and 400M races. Congratulations to these athletes who went home with lots of ribbons, medals, smiles and memories!
OB Gates Elementary School is hosting a 2K and 5K Run that will benefit SOVA Area 6 (Chesterfield, Goochland, New Kent and Powhatan Athletes) on April 18. So grab a buddy and come run with us!
OB Gates “Best Buddies” program is fantastic as it pairs special needs students with non-special needs students throughout their elementary school years for different events. Many non-special needs kids miss these opportunities upon reaching middle school. The 2K is for young and special-needs children. The flyer is attached. This will be a very special day for many children!
2K Run/Walk (Project Unify) Information:
Place: Kids Run will start and finish at O.B. Gates Bus Loop located at 10001 Courthouse Road, approximately 4 laps around Bus Loop
Time: 8:30 am. Registration and packet pick-up starts at 7:00 am. Early packet pick- up April 17 (Exceptional Education Office)
Awards: The top three M/F 5 year age groups (thru 65; 14 and under) Top Masters M/F. Age as of 4/18/15
Refreshments will be given to all participants following the race.
T-shirts will be given to all participants registered by March 30.
Trophies provided for 1st place M/F
Course: 2K will start and finish at the O.B. Gates Bus Loop
5K Run/Walk (Special Olympics Area 6) Information:
Place: Run/Walk starts and finish at O. B. Gates Bus Loop located at 10001 Courthouse Road.
5K Run/Walk Information:
Time: 9:15 am. Registration and packet pick-up starts at 7:00 am
Early packet pick up April 17 (Exceptional Education Office)
Awards: The top three M/F 5 year age groups (thru 65; 14 and under) Top Masters M/F. Age as of 4/18/15. Refreshments will be given to all participants following the race. T-shirts will be given to all participants registered by March 30. Trophies provided for 1st place M/F
Course: 5K will start and finish at the O. B. Gates Bus Loop
Register online: http://www.raceit.com/search/event.aspx?id=31095
Additional Information can be found at: https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Chesterfield/BestBuddies2Kand5KFunRun
2015 Special Olympics Wintergreen Alpine Special Invitational was held February 9 and 10 at Wintergreen Resort in Wintergreen, VA. The Alpine Competition event was organized by Area 2 volunteer Dr. Ben Carey and SOVA’s Debbie Apperson, who is the Southeast Region Director for SOVA. Below are Area 6 Athletes and Coaches who took part in the competition.
Alpine Skiing Group from Area 6
Left to Right: Kneeling: Cathy Pitts, Lily Kuhn, Tyler Pitts, Nate Smith, Coach Kristin Barsby; Middle Row: Chaperone Donna Sawyer, Head Coach Robin McClaine; Top Row: Reid Eaton, Coach Maria Schisa, Jacob Bennet, and Dr. David Myers, Superintendent, New Kent County Public Schools.