2015 SOVA Summer Games-Brandon Clarke-EditedBigger, Better and More Festive… On Friday April 29, 2016, L C Bird High School, located at 10301 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, Virginia, will again host the Annual Special Olympics Virginia Area 6 Track and Field Event.  Beginning at 10 AM, at the “Athletics Field”, the school marching band will “kick off” the event for almost 200 Special Olympics Athletes.  There will be almost 400 track and field events, along with tennis matches and skills play, all taking place at the school facilities.  Athletes will be arriving from Chesterfield County and surrounding county schools and from within the community.   Award ribbons will be given out throughout the day to the athletes as they compete.

This will be the third year that Dr. Herbert, along with her students and staff, will host this annual event.   The school has been planning and creating decorations to enhance and add to the festive atmosphere.  More than “just sports”, the event represents an opportunity for the students of L C Bird along with volunteers from the community to “stand side by side” with Special Olympics athletes and support the Special Olympics Movement.
Special Olympics is “not just sports”.  It is inclusion, unity, tolerance and acceptance.  It is year-round sports training and athletic competition for both 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 of people with intellectual disabilities.

2014-Area6-Summer-Games-Field-and-RunningSpecial 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 Aly Truesdale, or atruesdale@specialolympicsva.org

April 16 – Project Unified Strategy for Schools 2K and 5K Fundraiser

OB Gates Elementary School is hosting a 2K and 5K Run that will benefit OB Gates PTA and SOVA Area 6 (Chesterfield, Goochland, New Kent and Powhatan Athletes) on April 16.  So grab a buddy and come walk or run with us!

2016-04-OB-Gates-Fun-Run-T-Shirt-Image-fm-PhotoshopOB 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.
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 25. 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


Early packet pickup Friday, April 15 (Exceptional Education Office)

Awards:                 Medal provided for all participants.

Thank you CAL – Chesterfield Aquatic League for Your Support!


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!

Chesterfield Softball Practice will start on April 3. Teams have been Set.

There will be no practice on Easter Sunday, March 27. We will therefore start practice on April 3.

For everyone playing, please inform Karin Koch of your availability to play the tournamnets on April 30-May 1 (Bedford Tournament), May 15 (Bensley), May 22 (Powhattan), and June 5 (Area 31).

Having Fun at the 2012 SOVA State Games

Having Fun at the 2012 SOVA State Games

Chesterfield Athletics (Track and Field) begins Monday, March 21. Register Now!

Chesterfield Athletics (Track and Field) starts Monday March 21, 2016 at 6pm. Practices will be held on Mondays at 6pm until June 6th except for School Holidays. Check the calendar for dates. More information is available here: http://www.calendarwiz.com/calendars/calendar.php?crd=area6sova&cid=111146&cid=111148&cid=111149

Select here for the Registration Form

Area 6 Awards and Powhatan Basketball Tournament

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.


Upcoming Dates for SOVA Area 6… Don’t Miss Them!

Check the Calendar or Click on the Event Below for more information.

February 20 – Saturday – Area 6 Powhatan Basketball Competition at Powhatan High School.

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 29 – Friday – Area 6 Summer Games – Track, Field and Tennis at LC Bird High School.

April 30 – May 1 – Saturday and Sunday – James River Regional Softball Tournament at Bedford VA sponsored by the Bedford Moose Lodge. Chesterfield Athletes, partners and coaches leave Friday night, April 29.

May 15 – Sunday – SOVA Area 6 Swim Meet at GRAP (Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership)

May 20 -22 – Friday through Sunday – SOVA Appreciation Weekend at the 2016 Powhatan County Fair. More information to come.

May 22 – SOVA Area 6 Powhatan Softball Tournment.

June 10-11 SOVA Summer Games at University of Richmond and satellite venues.

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


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.


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


Khloe Taylor Waving to her ‘Fans’!


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.


Athletes waiting in the Warming Tent for the Plunge to Start


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


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.


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


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


Vinny, Paul Marretti and Lily Kuhn Heading into the Water


Sidney Jones, Ready to Get Wet.

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Rollerskating Competition at SOVA Fall Champs

Photographs courtesy of baskervillephotography.com

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Christopher Worsham and Geoffrey Baskerville at the Start Line






Join Us in Congratulating Nick Zweerink, a Global Messenger for SOVA

2016-Nick_ZweerinkPlease join us in congratulating Nick Zweerink for being selected as a Global Messenager for Special Olympics, Virginia. Nick is an active Athlete with SOVA Area 6. He participates in Basketball, Soccer and Swimming and was a USA Games competitor in 2014.

Select here to view Nick’s bio from the SOVA website.

Congratulations Nick!

Global Messengers are Special Olympics Virginia Athletes who help spread the message and vision of the movement as well as the benefts gained by participation in Special Olympics.  Global Messengers deliver a powerful message of respect, inclusion, unity and attitudinal change.