Our 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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photographs courtesy of baskervillephotography.com
Please 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.
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.
Special Olympics Virginia has a few changes to the Athlete medical and volunteer policy starting in 2016.
- 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
- As of January 1, coaches must take the concussion training courses available to complete their Class A Status.
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
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