Powhatan Basketball Tournament, Saturday February 20, 2016

Come join us for the Special Olympics Area 6 Basketball Tournament at Powhatan! The tournament will be held at Powhatan High School, 1800 Jude’s Ferry Road in Powhatan on Saturday February 20, 2016. (If there is a cancellation or delay for any reason it will be posted here.) If you are not a player or volunteer you are welcome to come cheer on our teams and see what Special Olympics is all about. Our Athletes love having cheering sections!

Starts at 9:15. Athletes, Partners, Coaches and Volunteers must be in gym by 9:30 so we can start on time. Athletes and partners may change after the opening ceremony if they do not get to the school in time to do so before opening. We will be finished by 2pm. Lunch is provided to volunteers and Athletes. The concession stand will be open for others to purchase food. Olympic Town will be in the cafeteria. Awards will be given in the cafeteria upon completion of each division of play.

9:15 Registration begins (Teams that need to change into uniforms arrive early)

9:30 All teams report to the Main Gym

9:40 Opening ceremony

10:15 Half-court referees meeting on court D

10:15 Full Court games (A & B) / Skills competition (C)

10:45 Half-court (C & D)

11:00 – 1:00 Lunches

2:00 All games completed

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.

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

June 10-11SOVA 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.

Select here to register and join us for the RVA Polar Plunge on our SOAKIN’ 4 AREA 6 team! Read and accept the waiver, then you will be brought to the registraton page for this team.

In addition, if you just don’t want to get too cold plunging, your are welcome to support Area 6 by making a donation to a plunger our teams! Many of our Athletes and their families plunge, as well as supporters of our Area 6 efforts. We appreciate all your support as this enables us to provide all the athletics and competitions for our Athletes. Area 6 is an entirely volunteer organization covering Amelia, Chesterfield, Goochland, New Kent and Powhatan and we do not charge Athletes and partners to participate. Hope to see you at one of the plunges, and if not, thank you for your donation!

Pictures of the Virginia Beach Polar Plunge will be posted here soon!

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.

SOVA Changes to Athlete Medical and Volunteer Policy in 2016.

Special Olympics Virginia has a few changes to the Athlete medical and volunteer policy starting in 2016.

Athlete Medicals

  • All Athletes MUST switch to the new medical at the next time their medical needs updated.  The old medical will no longer be accepted after December 31, 2015.
  • This new form must be filled out every three years.
  • Check with your local coordinator if you need to know when your form expires.

The direct link to the new Athlete medical is: SOVA Athlete Medical Form

Volunteer Eligibility

  • As of January 1, coaches must take the concussion training courses available to complete their Class A Status.

The concussion training can be completed here and certificates should be emailed to Ellen Costlow at volunteer@specialolympicsva.org.

Speed Skating Training Started January 13. Registration is Closed.

Registration is now closed for Speed Skating Training to be held Wednesdays, January 13 – March 16. 

Richmond Ice Zone, 636 Johnston Willis Dr., N Chesterfield VA 23236

Bowling started January 15 and 16. Registration is Now Closed

Bowling started January 15 and 16. Registration is Now Closed

Competitive Bowling started Friday, January 15
Bowl America Southwest, 11532 Hull Street Road, Midlothian VA 23112 US

Bowling for Fun Started Saturday, January 16, 2016
Holiday Bowl, 11400 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Richmond, VA 2323

SOVA Fall Games… A Great Time was had by All!

We are looking for additional stories and pictures to post about the Fall Games. If you have anything you would like to add, please email web@area6sova.org with pictures and or stories.

Our Powhatan Volleyball team won a Gold Medal at the Fall Games. Great job everyone, including coach Pat Fowler!


Chesterfield 7 on a Side soccer team won a Silver Medal. Great job guys!

2015-Fall-Games-Soccer-Silver-Medal-Small2015-Fall-Games-Soccer-Silver-Medal-Travis-Hunter Travis Hunter receiving his ribbon.

Chesterfield’s Bowling Team with coach Tracy Cade.


A fitting end to celebrate all the hard work our Athletes put into their practices and competitions was the Dance.



Powhatan Soccer and Bocce Tournament at Fighting Creek Park

Local Area 6’s Powhatan held a Soccer and Bocce Tournament on Saturday, October 23 at Powhatan’s Fighting Creek Park. Everyone did a great job and had fun.

Harry Hancock, our Events Director, started off the Opening Ceremonies with Marjorie Loya  presenting the SOVA Area 6 ‘Path to Independence Award’ to Doug Chaffins, a dedicated and hard working volunteer and coach from the Powhatan Local Area. Thank you Doug for all your help in making our program successful!
Oepning-Ceremony-Everyone-0825-webNext, Rachelle Hope led the Athletes, coaches, volunteers and guests in the pledge of alliegence. This was followed by Area 6’s very own World Champion Bocce player, Mary Davis, saying the Athelete Oath and Cornelia DeWitt saying the prayer to start the games. page monitor Finally Tommy Harrison ran the torch around the field (though the torch was missing, so pretend!). After that Harry said “Let the games begin!” and everyone went to their field/court to start the competition.

The tournament included many Bocce Players, competing in teams. Below some of the players are pictured.


Soccer teams represented included 5-a-side teams Chesterfield Kickers, Chesterfield Blue Crush, and Henrico Bulldogs; and Area 31 Youth and Chesterfield Force 7 aside teams.







And last but not least, we would like to pay tribute to all our volunteers that make these competitions possible. We really appreciate the help from students from Blessed Sacrament who acted as referees and score keepers. And we would like to thank our coaches and board members for all their work on behalf of our Athletes.Volunteers-and-Coaches-Led-by-Marjorie-Loya-Working-Out-Details-0846-web