Area 6 – Special Olympics Virginia

Special Olympics Virginia Virtual Torch Run

Unfortunately for Special Olympics and our Athletes, this year’s Spring and Summer activities were cut short due to the pandemic. Among the activities canceled was the Summer Games, one of the largest events put on by Special Olympics Virginia every year. Each year Special Olympics Virginia is supported through it’s torch run that kicks off Summer Games. As a replacement, a virtual torch run was created. The Area 6 Walkers team has 22 members and has raised $805 by Friday Evening.

Area 6 Virtual Torch Run – participants (Marjorie Loya, Rita Loya, Chelsea Gaughran, David Witt, Carol Williams, Tracy Cade, Tony Shores, Khloe Parker, Travis Hunter, Will Hunter, Kristen Hunter, Neil Hunter, Diane Hunter and Gray Hunter) Credits by: George Baskerville

Area 6 virtual LETR members not pictured:  Ben Reinford, Katelyn Wheeler, Christopher Alvarado, Adam Smith, Steve Smith, Travis Melson, Daniel Bushey, Lena Caffall, Coleson Caffall, George Baskerville, Geoffrey Baskerville. At this point, the Area 6 Walkers have raised $805!

Virtual Opening Ceremony & Final Mile:


Virtual Daily Fitness Activities for our Athletes from SOVA

The health and safety of our volunteers and athletes continue to be paramount to SOI and SOVA. SOVA is adopting SOI’s recommendation that all in-person events — including training, competitions, fundraising and travel — be postponed through June 30. SOVA staff will continue to work remotely and are  available through email or phone. Please reach out if you have questions or need assistance.

Don’t forget to share SOVA’s Virtual Fitness Page with your athletes. This page is accessible to anyone regardless of whether you have a Facebook account. Athletes can participate in daily fitness activities leading up to Summer Games, which was scheduled for June 12-13, and be eligible to win prizes.

Also, be on the lookout for a virtual Torch Run Summer Games weekend. More information and how you can raise funds for your Area program will be shared soon.

Don’t forget to stay in shape so you can jump right in when SOVA Area 6 events start up again! We miss our Athletes.

About Time Music Festival Rescheduled to May 2021

The About Time Music Festival folks have made the decision to postpone the About Time Music Festival to 2021, the same weekend after Memorial Day, so the event will be June 4th and 5th, 2021.  We will have as much of the same music lineup and vendors that are able to re-book for the new dates and we want to keep Special Olympics, Area 6 as our beneficiary of the donations.  13Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!

About Time Music FestivalThe About Time Music Fest 2020 is happening! On May 29th -30th , 2020 at Ed Allen’s Campground in Lanexa, VA, an estimated 600+ friends and folks will gather to hear 10-12 bands and music groups play during this two day festival with onsite camping and activities for all ages. The regionally popular Richmond based band “South Hill Banks” will headline the music lineup this year.

The About Time Music Fest, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, has an exciting opportunity for you to help support this year’s event, which will benefit our local Special Olympics Virginia organization: Area 6.

The huge success of the About Time Music Festival is credited in large part to our sponsors, who will lend their names and financial support to the 2020 About Time Music Festival in exchange for valuable sponsorship benefits. We hope you will consider sponsoring the 2020 About Time Music Festival.

For more information see the About Time 2020 Sponsorship Letter.

So come camp for a weekend, day or night of great Music! Many of the area’s local bands will be heard throughout the festival.

Also, your attendance and/or sponsorship will help Special Olympics Virginia Area 6 provide the many sports we do for all our Area Athletes in New Kent, Chesterfield, Goochland, and Powhatan.

We would like to thank the About Time Music Festival for selecting Special Olympics Virginia Area 6 as their beneficiary this year!

Update: All community-based Special Olympics practices, competitions and other activities suspended through the end of May

Coronavirus – An Update from Special Olympics Virginia

March 20, 2020

Under advisement from Special Olympics International, in cooperation with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to suspend all community-based Special Olympics practices, competitions and other activities through the end of May.

This will include Summer Games, which was scheduled for June 12-13.

All school-based Unified Champion Schools (UCS) activities should continue to follow the lead of the school system and/or school superintendent in the decision-making process.

All Special Olympics VA and Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising events also are suspended through May 31.

We made this decision based on information from experts, prioritizing the well-being our of athletes, family members, volunteers and supporters. Our events are opportunities for people to come together for a wonderful cause but unfortunately, that joining together can pose a risk to our athletes and communities.

During the course of the next few weeks we’ll be sharing useful information with all of our athletes, coaches and families on ways they can stay fit and make healthy lifestyle choices. We’ll post videos of training you can do at home as well as other tips and online resources. Stay tuned to our Facebook page and your email for more details.

Our staff is still working so if you have any questions or need to reach out to us you can contact any staff member via email. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Rick Jeffrey, Special Olympics Virginia President


March 12, 2020

Special Olympics International has strongly suggested that State programs suspend athlete active programs.  As such SOVA has directed we cease activities as stated below.

All Area 6 Special Olympics Virginia activities, to include practices/trainings, competitions, social gatherings, etc., Will BE SUSPENDED through MARCH 31.

Check with your local Coordinators for updates as we get closer to the end of March.

Following is documentation regarding this decision.

Coronavirus – An Update from Special Olympics Virginia

March 11, 2020

Special Olympics Virginia is entering its spring season and with growing concern over the coronavirus in the United States, it is important to address our upcoming competitions and events for the health and safety of everyone involved.

COMMUNITY-BASED PROGRAMS: As it stands today, under the recommendation of Special Olympics International CEO Mary Davis per the Memo included below, all community-based Special Olympics Virginia activities, to include practices/trainings, competitions, social gatherings, etc., should be SUSPENDED through MARCH 31, at which time the situation will be reevaluated. Fundraising events that do not include Special Olympics athletes may continue at your discretion.

SCHOOL-BASED PROGRAMS: At this time, for any Unified Champion Schools activity at Virginia schools, such as Champions Together, Young Athletes, Unified Sports leagues, Feet Meets, etc., we should follow the lead of the school system and/or school superintendent in their decision-making process.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. We know that our love of sport doesn’t compare to the importance of protecting the health of the athletes, volunteers and fans, which will remain our top priority.


Rick Jeffrey
Special Olympics Virginia President

Memo from Mary Davis, CEO, Special Olympics International

Dear Program CEOs/Executive Directors,

As a follow up to our memo last Wednesday to all of you and due to recent developments tied to the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), including a case tied to a U.S. Special Olympics athlete, and the heightened risks for people with intellectual disabilities and the elderly, Special Olympics Programs worldwide are very strongly advised to suspend all sport training and competition activities and other activations involving our athletes through 31 March 2020, at which time the situation will be reevaluated.

Fundraising events that do not include Special Olympics athletes may proceed at the discretion of each Program, so long as Programs carefully assess the risk in collaboration with their local or national health agencies.

This decision was carefully made after consulting with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and after reviewing the latest guidance from the World Health Organization.

In the coming weeks, we will work with leadership across the Special Olympics movement and continue to monitor and evaluate developments that may impact our athletes, staff and volunteers. We will also work with our communications network to coordinate with local and national health departments, while monitoring traditional media and social media channels.

These actions are necessary to ensure that we are doing everything we can to prevent transmission of the virus. We have prepared a list of frequently asked questions that you can reference on the topic of virus prevention and control.

Should you learn of anybody in your SO Program, who may have contracted the virus, please alert your regional president or designated regional point of contact and communication lead immediately.

Please feel free to share with us any questions you may have.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding and cooperation: the health and safety of our athletes and constituents are our highest priority.


Mary Davis
CEO, Special Olympics International

Area 6 Unified Basketball Team Scores Big in the State Basketball Championship

Area 6’s Unified Basketball Team had an incredible tournament on March 7, 2020 in Stafford, VA at the SOVA State Basketball Championship. There were great, competitive games. Area 6 won their first game 19 – 16 against an Area 9, Blacksburg team. Their second game was against a new team from Wakefield HS in Arlington. It was a fast paced, competitive game from the start. Wakefield has a star athlete who is aggressive and can take over the game.

The Area 6 team did a great job playing together and finding the open player for a shot. Everyone, except Faith, scored and Mason was our high scorer with 8 – 10 points. (CJ did not come this weekend due to a stomach virus.) The game was tied with 10 seconds remaining. The other team’s star player got the ball and made a terrific 3-point shot to win the game 39 – 36. Wakefield came in 3rd place because it was a three-team division and every team won a game. I already knew that if we scored 17 points we would come in 1st place even if we lost to Wakefield.

Rick Jeffrey, the SOVA President said it was one of the best Unified games he has ever seen. Everyone played to their ability level and almost everyone contributed to the game. It was a great game and so fun to see how much the Area 6 team improved over the course of the season. The three local tournaments and three practices with a gym to themselves the last four weeks certainly helped the team be prepared for the Championship.


Join Us for a Charity Basketball Tournament February 29

Basketball Season isn’t over yet!!!

This weekend at Goochland High School there will be an all day free tournament featuring Police officers from local and state, and Firemen and EMS. They will be playing Basketball and  raising money for Special Olympics…

Head out Saturday to watch the games and you might even get a chance to play!

Come and support Special Olympics and our local 1st Responders!


Our Athletes did Great at the SOVA Invitational State and Area 6 Speed Skating Competitions

First for the Special Olympics Virginia Speed Skating Invitational

Another good time for our Athletes and some medals to boot!


L-R, Area 6 Coaches Clarence and Mary Jean Singleton; JP Mines and proud Mom, Pam Mines; Coaches with Travis Hunter and Marjorie Loya. Travis is a competitor and volunteer with our Athletes.
Chrissy Dryer on her way to win a medal!
Noah Kuria getting a snack after a short break
222m Race Winners! Gold: Richard “Hayden” Wood Area 6; Silver: Emma Burkholder, Area 2; and Bronze: Arthur Jung Area 26. Congratulations!


333m Race Winners! Gold: James Perry “JP” Mines, Area 6; Silver: Israel T Wason Jr., Area 2; Bronze: Tamara “Tammy” Kiser, Area 26; 4th: Nathan Vaccaro, North Carolina. Congratulations!
Travis Hunter with Marjorie Loya, showing all his medals.

Proud Mom of a Gold Medal Winner. JP and Pam Mines. Congratulations JP!


Followed the Next Day by the SOVA Area 6 Competition!

First Responders for Chesterfield County and Marjorie Loya. Thank you for presenting our Athletes medals and for all that you do for our Special Olympics Athletes!
Here are the volunteers who support 2020 Area 6 Speedskating Team. Left to Right: Gray Hunter, Diane Hunter, Fred Dryer, Ainsley Kramer, Jess Wasylow, Dahryn Kramer, Julie Kramer, Marjorie Loya, Owen Phillips-Martin’ AJ West Sami Hevener Travis Hunter Clarence Singleton Mike Geronimo.  Travis Hunter is a competitor and volunteer in Skating.


Marjorie Loya getting Sam Dillard ready for the wheel chair race.
Waiting to compete in the 555m. Left to right Hayden Wood, Chrissy Dryer, Ja’Von Chalkley, Noah Kuria
Getting Ready for the Bucket Race
Brianna won the gold medal. 🥇
Marjorie Loya’s “fellas”. Left to right Travis Hunter, Kyler Jenkins, Marjorie Loya, Hayden Wood, and JP Mines.


Woodville Elementary School Athletes and Teachers from SOVA Area 25.



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.

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