Registration for Fall Sports

Registration for Roller Skating is now closed.  Registration for Special Olympics fall sports in Chesterfield County is now closed for soccer and volleyball.
To register for fall sports in other Area 6 locals, please contact your local coordinator to see if registration is still open.

Bedford Moose Softball Tournament for Special Olympics

IMG_3723-Joe-Cook-Pitching-for-Tigers IMG_3726-Joe-Running-to-First-Base-to-get-Out IMG_3733-Cathy-Cook-at-Third-Base-with-RunnerOur weekend at Bedford was cut short, but we had a great time while it lasted! Sunday’s games were rained out, so we had the medal awarding ceremony at 9am Sunday morning before everyone headed home. Here are some of the results for Area 6.

We would like to thank the Bedford Moose Lodge along with all the other Bedford resources that volunteered and provided everything for this wonderful event.

If you have better pictures or pictures that are missing from here, please send them to

(Please feel free to send any pictures and/or stories you would like considered for postiong on this website to this same email address. Pictures and stories will be considered if they are relevant to Area 6 activities and events. Be sure to include the name and date of the event. For Example; ‘Bedford Moose Softball Tournament, April 29-May 1, 2016.’)


Chesterfield Mavericks 2nd Place Medals

Salem Barracudas 2nd Place Awards


3rd Place Medals


Chesterfield Wildcats 3rd Place Medals


Chesterfield Blaze 4th Place Medals

Chesterfield Tigers 4th Place Awards

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!

Area 6 Awards at the Powhatan Basketball Tournament 2016

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.


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 2016

Photographs courtesy of

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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

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