Area 6 – Special Olympics Virginia

Polar Plunge 2020 Will Be Here Before You Know It!

Come join us for a great time!

The Polar Plunge® Festival is Special Olympics Virginia’s premier, annual fundraiser for those brrrr-ave enough to take the challenge. Join the “colony” as we come together to raise funds and plunge into icy waters at four different locations across Virginia in January and February– all for a cool cause.

Join Special Olympics Area 6 and plunge with our Athletes and Volunteers. It will be an experience you will never forget!

Select here to join our Polar Plunge team ‘Area 6 on Ice.’  Create an Account or Login in if you’ve plunged with us before. Be sure to select Area 6 on Ice to join the plunge or make a donation to our team.

Special Olympics Virginia Area 6 is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Area 6 is one of 31 Special Olympics Virginia area programs; it serves:

Thanks to a large volunteer network and the support of generous partners throughout Metro Richmond, athletes pay nothing to participate. We invite everyone to join us in our mission to open hearts and change minds about people with intellectual disabilities.

Ice Skating in Richmond Begins December 4th!


These are the confirmed dates for ice skating at Richmond Ice Zone this year.

Training time is any time from 9:00 until 11:45 to be determined per Athlete’s interest/ability.

December 4 and 11
January 8, 15, 22 and 29
February 5 and 12
February 19 Area Ice Skating Competition

Richmond Ice Zone
636 Johnston Willis Drive
North Chesterfield, VA 23236. 

Practices will be cancelled if Chesterfield Schools are closed or operate on a late opening or early closing schedule.

Registration forms will be sent directly to skaters. Contact Marjorie Loya with any questions.

Basketball Starts October 28 Depending on Location. Registration is Now Open.

Athletes from any county may participate in any Area 6 basketball program.

Select here to register for basketball. Be sure to pick the location where you will be playing.

Chesterfield Community Full-Court
Starts November 11, 2019
Mondays, November 11 – March 2, 6:00 PM
Swift Creek Middle School
3700 Old Hundred Road South
Midlothian VA 23112

Chesterfield Community Half-Court
Starts November 12, 2019
Tuesdays, November 12 – March 3, 6:00 PM
St. Marks Methodist Church
11551 Lucks Lane
Midlothian VA 23114

Goochland County
Starts November 6, 2019
Wednesdays,
November 6 – February 26 , 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Goochland Sports Complex
1800 Sandy Hook Road
Goochland VA 23063

New Kent County
Starts November 10, 2019
Sundays
, beginning on November 10, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
New Kent High School
7365 Egypt Rd
New Kent, VA 23124

Powhatan County
Starts October 28, 2019
Mondays
, October 28, – March 2, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Pocahontas Middle School
4290 Anderson Hwy
Powhatan, VA 23139

Select here to register for basketball. Be sure to pick the location where you will be playing.

Loyal Order of Moose Presents $1,000 Donation to SOVA Area 6

On Thursday, September 19, 2019, the local “Manchester-Richmond Moose Family Center #699 North Chesterfield”, located at 11110 Trade Road, Chesterfield, Virginia 23236, hosted a gathering to witness the presentation of a One Thousand Dollar ($1,000.00) donation to Special Olympics Virginia Area 6. Presenting the donation was Rodney A. Hammond, Supreme Governor of the “Loyal Order of The Moose” and Charles Carter, Governor of the Manchester Moose Lodge #699.  Representing the Special Olympics Virginia Area 6 athletes was Michael J. Marretti, Area Chairperson/Coordinator, and Tracy Cade, Area Fund Raising Manager.

Presenting the donation was Rodney A. Hammond, Supreme Governor of the “Loyal Order of The Moose” and Charles Carter, Governor of the Manchester Moose Lodge #699. Representing the Special Olympics Virginia Area 6 athletes was Michael J. Marretti, Area Chairperson/Coordinator, and Tracy Cade, Area Fund Raising Manager.

Special Olympics is more than “just sports”.  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.  While there is never a cost for athletes to participate, the program does cost money to function.  Expenses totaling in excess of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00) annually are paid for by donations from local businesses, organizations, service clubs, individuals and other fundraising efforts.  While addressing the group, Michael Marretti noted that this donation represents a significant contribution towards those necessary funds while Tracy Cade added that the Manchester-Richmond Moose Family Center #699 will also be hosting a fund-raising event with live bands and a dance this Saturday night, September 22, 2019 to raise even more money for Special Olympics Virginia Area 6.

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 almost 1,000 athletes in the Richmond metropolitan area and surrounding counties.  For further information about this event, or the local Area 6 Program, 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 Virginia, contact Sean Monahan, at smonahan@specialolympicsva.org

Special Olympics Summer Games

Though it was disappointing to have Softball games cancelled due to whether, Athletes had a great time with all the festivities surrounding Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games this year. And of course our swimmers, runners, bowlers and tennis players did get to compete. Many medals were earned by Area 6 Athletes. Here are some pictures from the Torch Run, Opening Ceremonies and some Athlete fun, action and medals.

Let the Games Begin!

Bowling!

Swimming!

Tennis!

And Track!

And Of Course… Winners with Medals! And All Our Athletes are Winners!

And the Weekend Ended with a Dance and Closing Ceremonies!

 

Congratulate Our Hard Working Award Winners!

Awards were presented Saturday, May 25th at the Opening of the 2019 “Brian Gayle Memorial Softball Tournament”.  Area 6 Athlete Travis Hunter won the  Athlete of the Year Award. Marjorie Loya, our Area 6 Program Manager and a very dedicated leader, snagged the Winning Spirit Award. And never to be overlooked, Karin Koch, our hard working Chesterfield Local Coordinator, was presented the Path To Independence Award. Many Thanks to each of the winners for their hard work and dedication to Special Olympics and especially Area 6!

 

From Left to right are Travis Hunter, Marjorie Loya and Karin Koch

Area 6 on Ice – Polar Plunge 2019

Our Athletes, family and friends had a great time at the Polar Plunge in Virginia Beach this year! THank you to everyone that supported Area 6 in our Polar Plunge efforts!

Still warm the night before, Athletes with their ‘Superstar’ Moms!

At the SOVA Sand Sculpture Before the Plunge:

Clowning Around by the Neptune Statue Before the Plunge:Ready, Willing and Able to Plunge!

Our Youngest Fan Supporters Heading into the Water:

Travis Hunter, Tracy Cade and Khloe Heading Back after the Plunge:

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