SOVA Area 6 Summer Games May 21 has been Cancelled due to Forecasted Weather

5/20/15: Tomorrows Special Olympics VA Area 6 Track Event is Canceled

Based on the updated forecast it appears that there is an increasing probability for the potential of heavy rain.

In the interest of safety the event below will be canceled. Another date will not be scheduled.

On Thursday May 21, 2015, Manchester High School, 12601 Bailey Bridge Rd, Midlothian VA will host the Annual Area 6 Special Olympics Track and Field Event beginning at 10 AM. The school marching band will “kick off”  the event leading a parade of almost 200 Special Olympics Athletes from Chesterfield County and the surrounding areas around the track.   The parade of athletes will be followed by an opening ceremony and the start of almost 400 track field events.  Awards will be given out throughout the day.

2014-Area6-Summer-Games-Torch-RunWe appreciate all L. C. Bird High School did to setup our summer games scheduled to take place on May 1. Unfortunately they were not able to reschedule the games so Manchester High School  graciously offered to host the track meet as a replacement on Thursday, May 21. The Manchester HS Event will only be for Track and Field as they are unable to host a tennis competition because the courts are unavailable at that time.

Special Olympics Virginia is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Through work in health education, community building and sports, Special Olympics is addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities.

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ROTC carrying the flags during the 2014 Opening Ceremony

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, contact Michael J. Marretti at (804) 370-5926 or mjmarr@aol.com . For more information on how to support, volunteer or get involved with Special Olympics, contact Kristin Wilkens, or kwilken@specialolympicsva.org 

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Athletes running during the 2014 Track event

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OB Gates “Best Buddies” 2K and 5K Fun Run to Benefit SOVA Area 6 April 18, 2015

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

 

2014-04-18-OB-Gates-Fun-Run-FlyerAdditional Information can be found at: https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Chesterfield/BestBuddies2Kand5KFunRun

 

L C Bird High School To Host Special Olympics Annual Track and Field Event

Bigger Better and More Festive… L C Bird High School To Host Special Olympics Annual Track and Field Event

10301 Courthouse Road Chesterfield VA. May 1, 2015. 9 AM Start time.

Dr Laura Hebert, Principal Bird High School, school staff, and members of the student body, are readying to host more than 150 Special Olympics Athletes from Chesterfield and five of the surrounding counties for the Special Olympics Area 6 Summer Games. The event will “kick off” at the athletics stadium with a festive opening ceremony, followed by more than 300 track field events, tennis match play games, and Tennis skills competitions. Music will be provided by the school marching band and games and competition awards presented throughout the day. Dr Herbert, along with the students and staff are planning and creating decorations that will enhance the festive atmosphere at the event and both she and the students are proud to be part of and support the Special Olympics movement. Students and more than 100 volunteers, from the community will “stand side by side” with the special Olympics athletes in support of their athletic abilities as they compete in a wide variety of track and field events at the school.

Special Olympics Virginia is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and is more than just sports. Through work in health education, community building and sports, Special Olympics is addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities.

For More Information about Special Olympics Virginia Contact: Kristin Wilkens, James River Region Director at: 804-726-3032, or email kwilken@specialolympicsva.org.

For More Information about this event contact: Michael J Marretti Area 6 Coordinator at: 804-370-5926 or email mjmarr@aol.com.

Bowling Season Extended to April 10

Due to inclement weather this winter, bowling at Bowl America Southwest has been extended to April 10. Please plan accordingly.

Blessed Sacrament Powhatan Basketball Competition Rescheduled for Saturday, March 21

The Blessed Sacrament Powhatan Basketball Competition has reschedled for Saturday, March 21. We hope to see you there!

2015 Special Olympics Wintergreen Alpine Special Invitational

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

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.

O.B. Gates Elementary School Does it Again…. For Area 6!

In support of Special Olympics Area 6, O.B. Gates Elementary holds monthly fundraisers. The fundraiser for January was ‘Mustache Day’ and they raised $525 for Area 6. Each person that donated a dollar received a mustache to wear for the day. Many students joined the faculty in wearing mustaches in support of Special Olympics.  Thank you O.B. Gates, students, teachers, all staff and expecially Principal Nina (Giuliana) Brink for supporting your local Special Olympics Area 6!

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A Great Time was Had at Our First Basketball Competition of 2015!

Area 6′s first Basketball Competition of 2015 was held Sunday, January 25 at Goochland High School. All our basketball Athletes, their families and fans had a great time!

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Opening Ceremony

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Some of our Skills Athletes

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Some Half-Court Teams

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Some Full-Court Teams

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OB Gates Elementary in Chesterfield – Champions for Area 6 Athletes

The staff at OB Gates Elementary get into the spirit of "Pay to Play"

The staff at OB Gates Elementary get into the spirit of “Pay to Play”

For this school year, OB Gates Elementary School students and staff are presented with a monthly challenge “pay to play”. Students and staff alike are encouraged to pay $1.00 to be donated to Area 6 Special Olympics, for unique privilages each month.  In September the $1.00 donated provided a day to dress as a Pirate or Princess. In October the donations provided a day to dress as your favorite book character. Novembers treat was to wear your camo or tutus or both.  For December it will be a school wide Polar Express event.  Everyone is invited to wear their PJ’s to school and donate their $1.00 to Area 6.

Students and staff dressed for Pirates and Princesses "Pay to Play" day.

Students and staff dressed for Pirates and Princesses “Pay to Play” day.

O.B. Gates Elementary will continue to fund raise for Special Olympics Virginia Area 6 throughout the school year. They are already working on a special fund raiser, a 5K Run/Walk, that is planned for April 18, 2015 More information will come as we get closer to the date.

Along with their fundraising efforts annually, and as part of National Inclusive Schools Week, O.B. Gates continues to take the opportunity to celebrate all differences in our school and community.  They had school wide events throughout the week, including Disabilities Awareness Workshops with “hands on” stations. With these stations the student population experienced and better understands a variety of disabilities including visual impairment, Deaf and Hard of Hearing and motor impairment, etc.

Students performing their special rap of "Spread the Word to End the Word"

Students performing their special rap of “Spread the Word to End the Word”

The culminating event was a  school wide performance prepared not only as part of National Inclusive School week but as an effort to continue their commitment to support Project Unify and Spread the Word to End the Word campaigns through Special Olympics International.  As part of the performance, students with Severe Intellectual Disabilities, along with their “Best Buddies,” and the Early Childhood students and their “Mini Buddies,” delivered a collaborative musical number.  Select 5th grade students and Deaf and Hard of Hearing students also performed using sign language to accompany their singing performance.

As a special treat, the OB Gates school anthem “Spread the Word” Rap, an original rap song for the school was rousingly delivered by OB Gates staff.  Below is a link of the music video produced by Special Olympics Virginia showcasing the “Spread the Word” rap that was filmed at the school with 4th graders in 2012.

Published on Mar 16, 2012

“Gates Elementary created a music video featuring students performing an original rap set to music by J. Plunky Branch. Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics to raise awareness about the hurtful effects of the word “retarded” and to encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word.This video is part of Gates Elementary’s yearlong participation in Project Unify, which is designed to promote acceptance and awareness of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Also, attached at the bottom of this email is the music file of the Spread the Word Rap.  It was composed and produced by a local rap singer J Plunky Branch who lives in Richmond.  Last year, our students personally designed labels to attach to 1,000 copies which where distributed at the 2013 Special Olympics Winter World Games.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzlF895Yw2E

Attention all Area 6 Alpine Ski Coaches

Special Olympics Ski Coaches MUST COMPLETE THREE DAYS OF COACHES’ TRAINING offered by Wintergreen Adaptive Sports to be eligible to take Athletes to the Mountain.

On-Snow Training Clinics: You must attend 3 full days. You may pick any three of the following dates: December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, of 2014.

There will be no fee to complete the course.

ONLY COACHES THAT ATTEND AND “PASS” THREE DAYS OF TRAINING will be sent a calendar of the days for which they can then request lift tickes and rental equipment. Once a coach receives the calendar they can then send their request directly to Wintergreen.

Please contact Michael Marretti if you have any questions.

Additional Information:

SOVA has coordinated a revised process for the Alpine Ski program at for Bryce Mountain Resort this year…the following changes apply:

There is no longer a calendar of available dates that we are restricted to.
Instead:

Registered training program (Please complete and submit an RTP)

Coaches should communicate directly with Manfred Lochner in Group Sales at Bryce Resort to request training dates at Bryce. There are no competitions planned at Bryce.

  • All requests should be emailed to groupsales@bryceresort.com (When emailing information; Manfred will send a reply message acknowledging that he has received the information you sent.)
  • You may not request tickets on any of the following holidays (Holiday period December 25, 2014 through January 4, 2015, MLK weekend January 17 thru 19, 2015, President’s weekend February 14 thru February 16, 2015. Saturdays and Sundays will be available during the early season prior Christmas and during the late season beginning February 22, 2015.
  • All Tuesdays and Fridays are very busy with private schools and will be confirmed upon request if possible.
  • You must have a minimum of 15 people in your group when requesting complimentary skiing dates. (This was clarified in emails between myself and Brooke Willard at SOVA she said: (No that is what he would like people to try and accomplish. I am sure you can talk to him about the amount.
  • You must request your skiing dates AT LEAST one week prior to the date you are requesting.
  • If for some reason prior to your arrival you will not need any of the lift tickets you originally requested you must call before arriving and let them know you will not be using all the tickets you requested.

There is a SOVA sanctioned Alpine Ski Competition planned to be held at Wintergreen Resort Feb 9-10, 2015.