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.
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 (www.specialolympicsva.org), 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 email@example.com . For more information on how to support, volunteer or get involved with Special Olympics Virginia, contact Sean Monahan, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Of Course… Winners with Medals! And All Our Athletes are Winners!
And the Weekend Ended with a Dance and Closing Ceremonies!
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
The SOVA Area 6 2018 Fall Games were held on October 14th at Fighting Creek Park in Powhatan. Competition was offered in bocce, soccer and flag football. Teams from Area 6 were joined by teams from Area 23 and Area 11.
A big thank you goes out to Powhatan County Parks and Recreation Department for their continued support of our Area 6 programs!