Area 6 – Special Olympics Virginia

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 (, 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 . For more information on how to support, volunteer or get involved with Special Olympics Virginia, contact Sean Monahan, at

Area 6 Fall Sports Registration Now Open! – New Kent Bocce and Powhatan Changes

Note: New Kent Bocce Start date changed to August 23rd!

Note: Powhatan Volleyball Start date, day of week and location have changed. Please review the information below. 

Mondays, beginning September 9, 6:30 PM
(new) Powhatan Middle School

Use the correct form below to register for the sport you are interested in. Click on the link and fill out the form. Be sure to select the county, location or session you will participate in if there is more than one.

Bocce Registration Form

Chesterfield Community
Sundays, September 8 – October 27, 3:00 PM
Rockwood Park
3401 Courthouse Road
N Chesterfield, VA 23235

Goochland County – Mondays
August 26 – November 4, 3:00 – 4:15 PM
Goochland Elementary School
3150 River Rd W,
Goochland, VA 23063

New Kent County – Fridays
August 16 – October 25 6:15 – 7:15 PM
Quinton Park
Quinton Park Trail
Quinton, VA

Bowling Registration Form

Friday Night Bowling
6 PM September 6 – November 8
Bowl America Southwest
11532 Hull Street Road
Midlothian, VA 23112.

Saturday Morning Bowling
10 AM September 7 – November 9
Holiday Bowl
11400 Jefferson Davis Highway
Chester, VA 23831.

Flag Football Registration Form

Training Sundays 2:00 – 3:30 PM on
September 8 – October 27
Ironbridge Church
10900 Iron Bridge Rd
Chester, VA 23831

All Special Olympics athletes and partners should attend one skills assessment and uniform fitting session prior to being placed on a team. These sessions will be held on Sundays, August 18 and 25 at Ironbridge Church 2:00 – 3:00 PM.

Golf Registration Form

Chesterfield Community
Dates and times TBA
Windy Hill (Tuesdays)
irkdale (Mondays)
Providence (Tuesdays)

New Kent County
Tuesdays, August 20 – October 29 6:15 – 7:15 PM
The Club at Viniterra
8647 Angels Share Dr.
New Kent, VA 23124

Roller Skating Registration Form

Chester Skateland
9:45 AM (Arrive at 9:30, leave by 10:45)
Skate time 9:45 – 10:30

Chester Skateland
10:30 AM (Arrive at 1015:, leave by 11:45)
Skate time 10:30 – 11:15ish

11:45 AM (Arrive at 11:30, leave by 1:00 – preferably closer to 12:45)
Skate time 11:45 – 12:30ish

Soccer Registration Form

Chesterfield Community
Saturdays, September 7 – October 26 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Hensley Soccer Complex
13851 West Hensley Road
Midlothian, VA 23112

New Kent County
Sundays, August 11 – October 27 1:30 – 2:30 pm
4331 Wakema Rd.
West Point, VA 23181

Volleyball Registration Form

Chesterfield Community
Wednesdays, September 4 – October 30, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Swift Creek Middle School
3700 Old Hundred Rd S,
Midlothian, VA 23112

New Kent County
Mondays, August 12 – October 28 6:30 – 7:30
James City County Recreation Center
5301 Longhill Rd.
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Powhatan County
Mondays, beginning September 9, 6:30 PM
(new) Powhatan Middle School
4135 Old Buckingham Road
Powhatan, VA 23139

New Kent Special Olympics Fall Sports Starting August 11, 2019

This is a tentative schedule for New Kent Area 6 Special Olympics Fall Sports. More information to follow.


Sundays – 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
4331 Wakema Road
West Point, VA  23181
Starting 8/11/19 – Ending 10/27/19


Mondays – 6:30 pm- 7:30 pm
James City County Rec Center
5301 Longhill Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Starting 8/12/19 – Rnding 10/28/19


Fridays – 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Quinton Park,
Quinton Park Trail
Quinton, VA 23141
Starting 8/16/19 – ending 10/25/19


Tuesdays – 6:15 pm-7:15 pm
The Club at Viniterra
8647 Angels Share Drive
New Kent, VA 23124
Starting 8/20/19 – ending 10/29/19

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!




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

2019 Area 6 on Ice (or NOT!) Solar Plunge June 8!

That’s right; we know how much you enjoyed last year’s Solar Plunge so Special Olympics Virginia is bringing it back! The 2019 Solar Plunge returns to Summer Games at the University of Richmond on June 8th!
SOVA is making it even easier for our Athletes, their families and other volunteers to plunge during the Summer Games. The Plunge has been moved to Saturday June 8th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm so everyone has a chance. So play your sport, plunge, and then come join us at the Plunge Party Dance!

Register Today!

And get your fun-raising on so you can earn the COOLest Solar Swag and incentives! What are you waiting for? Be sure to join our Area 6 on Ice  (ok they will be melting in June!) team to ensure a portion of the proceeds go to your local Athletes.
Register to Join our team Area 6 on Ice  here:

Don’t want to plunge?

(Even though it’s warmer than February?), Donate to support one of our Area 6 On Ice Athletes that is plunging. Be sure to select our Area 6 on Ice team (ok they will be melting) to ensure a portion of your donation goes to your local Athletes.

Donate to our team Area 6 on Ice or a specific Area 6 Athlete here:
We are looking forward to some great competition and lots of fun at the 2019 Summer Games! Come join us!

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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