The 2017 SOVA Area 6 Summer Games were hosted by L.C. Bird High School on Friday, April 21. Close to 200 volunteers were provided by: Capital One, Legal Department; Murphy & McGonigle; PC Troutman Sanders LLP; Monacan High School Air Force JROTC and Polar Plunge Team; ECPI Physical Therapist Assistant Program; L.C. Bird HS student organizations; and Volunteers from the local community. Athletes participated from New Kent, Powhatan, and Chesterfield County. Participants trained at 14 schools and in community programs.
We would like to thank L.C. Byrd High School for hosting this event, and all the volunteers who made this terrific event possible for our Area Athletes. Many of these Athletes look forward to the Summer Games all year long and work hard to prepare. Without your help, this would not be possible. Thank you so much!
Every four years, thousands of Special Olympics athletes from around the world come together to showcase their athletic skills and celebrate the true spirit of competition through winter sports. Through the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games, Special Olympics athletes and coaches will transcend boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture and religion. The event was held from March 14, 2017 to March 25, 2017 in Graz, Schladming, Ramsau, and Schladming-Rohrmoos, Austria and will include 3,000 athletes and coaches representing 110 countries and over 10,000 family members, volunteers and spectators.
We are proud to announce that two of our Area 6 Athletes have won Medals in the World Games! They honor Area 6 with their hard work and determination. Congratulations Chrissy and Craig!
SOVA Area 6 World Athletes
Chrissy Dryer competed in Speed Skating in the 222M and 333M events. She won a Gold Medal in the 333M with a time of 01:38.478 and a Silver Medal in the 222M with a time of 01:03.658.
Please join us in congratulating Chrissy for her Medals and hard work and effort during the competitions.
Craig Licorish competed in Speed Skating in the 500M and 777M races. He won Bronze Medals in both events with times of 01:58.804 in the 777M and 01:19.394 in the 500M. Please join us in congratulating Craig for his Medals and hard work and effort during the competitions.
Manchester Moosel Lodge #699 is held a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, March 11 to benefit Special Olympics Area 6. The Moose Lodge is located at 11110 Trade Road, Richmond VA 23236. Thanks to the Moose Lodge, they have raised $1000 for Special Olympics Area 6. Thank you to all the Moose Lodge people that ran the event and to all the people who attended and chowed down on Spaghetti that night!
Area 6 Athletes and their chaparones were invited to attend the Pro Wrestling Show at West Point High School on March 11 2017. Before the show they took part in a meet and greet with the wrestlers, many Athletes obtaining autographs. After that they enjoyed the Pro Wresting Show. Seating was reserved and attendance was free for those registered with SOVA. Below are some pictures from this great time.
Area 6 Athletes competed in many events at the Special Olympics Virginia 2016 Fall Games in Virginia Beach. The sports our Athletes competed in were bocce, bowling, golf, soccer and volleyball. (If I missed anything, please let me know!).
Jayne Hancock, our fearless leader (local coordinator) from Goochland says it all:
“Had a great weekend at State Special Olympics Fall games in Va. Beach! Athletes, chaperones, and coaches had a great time. My athletes participated in bocce. I would like to give a special thank you to Charlotte that comes from a North Carolina to run this event. She works hard to follow the rules and meet the needs of all athletes. Sportsmanship was fantastic. Out athletes received first, second, or third place awards. The smiles say it all. Our Goochland bus drivers did an awesome job!”
Here are some pictures from the Fall Games. I will add more pictures as I receive/find them!
Chesterfield Community Basketball starts Monday, November 14 at Swift Creek Middle School at 6pm. Team selection should be completed after Monday November 21 . You must register to join a Special Olympics Area 6 Chesterfield basketball team. Registration is now closed. Please contact Karin Koch at SOVA.Chesterfield@verizon.net if you have any questions.
Location Details Full Court: Swift Creek Middle School
3700 Old Hundred Road South
Midlothian VA 23112 US
Location Details St. Mark’s Methodist Church
11551 Lucks Lane
Midlothian VA 23114
Goochland Basketball practice starts November 7 at 3pm for our Goochland Athletes. If you are interested in playing or partnering, please come to the Goochland Recreational Center at 3:00 pm on November 7. Please contact Jayne Hancock at Goochland@Area6SOVA.org if you have any questions.
Powhatan Basketball starts Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 pm at Pocoh0ntas Middle School. Please come and let us know you would like to play or partner with our Athletes. Please contact Pat Fowler at Powhatan@Area6SOVA.org if you have any questions.
Pocahontas Middle School
4290 Anderson Highway
Powhatan VA 23139 US
Local Area 6’s Powhatan is holding their second Soccer and Bocce Tournament on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Powhatan’s Fighting Creek Park. Everyone did a great job and had fun again this year!
Harry Hancock, our Events Director, will start off the day with the Opening Ceremony at 9am sharp. Below are pictures from last year’s tournament. Come out to play or come out to cheer, it’s a great time for all!
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.
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.
If you have better pictures or pictures that are missing from here, please send them to web@area6SOVA.org.
(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 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!