We are looking for 14 more volunteers to partner with our Chesterfield Athletes in playing Softball starting as soon as possible and ending the beginning of June. Skill not required! The smiles, positive atmosphere, exercise and fresh air is all free!
Due to the number of Athletes in Chesterfield interested in taking part in Softball, SOVA Area 6 has planned our teams with only a few volunteer partners on each team. Special Olympics National Rules requre teams being made up of ALL Athletes or one half partners and one half Athletes. We need more partners to qualify to participate in regional and state games, which are very important to our Athletes. Softball is a difficult sport to field Traditional Teams due to the skill required for pitching. For this reason we have Unified teams to provide pitchers on most of our teams.
Due to the popularity of softball with our Athletes, we have had to add two teams and are currently seeking 14 partners to fill out our Unified teams. Volunteers are welcome to bring a friend to volunteer with them and we will do our best to put them on the same teams. Family members are also welcome to partner with students. We have had many families volunteer as a group in the past. No previous skill is required. For their efforts the partners will get exercise, fresh air, community service hours, be surrounded by a lot of positive people and have a fun with our Athletes and other volunteers. Partners must be 16 in order to take part, or must have a parent or guardian with them if age 14 and 15.
The schedule for Softball is as follows:
Held at 1pm, 2pm or 3pm on Sunday afternoons with Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day off. Practice Dates are April 6 and 13 and May 4, 18 and 25. We practice at Bensley Park, 2900 Drewry’s Bluff Road North Chesterfield, VA 23237.(Near Chippenham and Route 1).
April 27 at Warbro Athletic Complex beginning at 8:30 am
June 1 at Bensely Park beginning at 1pm
Bedford, VA on May 16-18. The students could ride the bus with the chaparones and Athletes Friday night, returning Sunday afternoon, or they can come out for the preliminary games on Saturday and the tournament games on Sunday. Those staying the weekend will be provided chaparoned lodging, all meals, Opening Ceremony participation and access to the fireworks and a dance on Saturday night (Saturday dinner, fireworks and dance) are hosted by the Bedford Moose Lodge.
State Summer Games:
If their team is chosen to play in the state tournament, the tournament is held at the University of Richmond and the fields we usually play on are off Glenside Softball Complex in Henrico.
The calendar can be seen on our website www.area6sova.org. Select Calendar from the menu at the top, right. If you need any additional information please contact Karin Koch at 804 382-2637.
Here is an official description of the partner opportunity:
Team sports bring people together. Our Unified Sports® teams include people with and without intellectual disabilities in an effort to shatter stereotypes through positive interaction on the playing field. Join a Unified team today and play alongside the most inspiring teammates you’ll ever meet! To find out if Unified Sports are offered near you and become a Unified Partner, locate Special Olympics near you.