Special Olympics Virginia - Tidewater Region

Special Olympics Virginia - Tidewater Region Respect.Inclusion.Unity "Let Me Win, But if I Cannot Win, Let Me be Brave In the Attempt!" "By using sport as a vehicle for social change, Special Olympics Virginia strives to create opportunities for meaningful interaction and self-discovery for everyone.
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The organization’s goal is to open the heart and mind of every Virginian to the value and abilities of persons with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Virginia is the state program of Special Olympics Incorporated."


-Special Olympics Virginia Website

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🚨GIVEAWAY TIME🚨Are you signed up for next week's 2021 Torch Run? If so, we want to know how many miles you plan to run! ...
06/03/2021

🚨GIVEAWAY TIME🚨

Are you signed up for next week's 2021 Torch Run? If so, we want to know how many miles you plan to run! Comment on SOVA’s post and we'll randomly select a winner to receive a FREE LETR polo.

www.specialolympicsva.org/2021-torch-run

🚨GIVEAWAY TIME🚨

Are you signed up for next week's 2021 Torch Run? If so, we want to know how many miles you plan to run! Comment below and we'll randomly select a winner to receive a FREE LETR polo.

www.specialolympicsva.org/2021-torch-run

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05/17/2021
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Come connect online with other esports athletes!! Check out the details on our Discord channel below:

Check out the SOVA Esports community on Discord - hang out with 19 other members and enjoy free voice and text chat.

Torch Run is back!! Registration is now open for the 2021 Torch Run. Help us cover 22,000 miles for the athletes of Spec...
04/26/2021

Torch Run is back!! Registration is now open for the 2021 Torch Run. Help us cover 22,000 miles for the athletes of Special Olympics Virginia.

Register and find more information here: https://impact.specialolympicsva.org/2021TorchRun

Run with us.

Torch Run is back. Join thousands of members of Law Enforcement and the community as we run, walk, and bike 22,000 miles across the state in celebration of the Special Olympics Virginia Summer Series.

Learn more and register at: https://www.specialolympicsva.org/2021-torch-run

We are excited to announce that it is time for ROUND 2 of the Summer Series Rocket League Tournament!! Mark your calenda...
04/22/2021

We are excited to announce that it is time for ROUND 2 of the Summer Series Rocket League Tournament!! Mark your calendars for April 30th at 8pm.

Here are some important details & links:
1. For anyone that is new to the sport, check out the quick start guide and login walkthrough on our website: https://www.specialolympicsva.org/esports?locale=en

2. Registration is due by April 28th. Visit https://specialolympicsva.wufoo.com/forms/z19075dc1rvedev/ to sign up!

Ready.. Set... GO!!!!!

We are excited to announce that it is time for ROUND 2 of the Summer Series Rocket League Tournament!! Mark your calendars for April 30th at 8pm.

Here are some important details & links:
1. For anyone that is new to the sport, check out the quick start guide and login walkthrough on our website: https://www.specialolympicsva.org/esports?locale=en

2. Registration is due by April 28th. Visit https://specialolympicsva.wufoo.com/forms/z19075dc1rvedev/ to sign up!

Ready.. Set... GO!!!!!

Today’s highlight is our very own Kami!! See the post below to read Kami’s story and also check out the amazing voluntee...
04/21/2021
Kami Lannetti

Today’s highlight is our very own Kami!! See the post below to read Kami’s story and also check out the amazing volunteers we are highlighting this week.

Thank you to all of the fabulous volunteers that help to keep our programs running!! #NationalVolunteerWeek

Kami has been involved with Special Olympics Virginia for over 10 years as the Area 2 coordinator. Herself, her husband and all of her children have volunteered and coached at numerous events in the Southeast. At the first soccer tournament she attended she was asked to be a coach, and she hasn’t....

#NationalVolunteerWeek is an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tac...
04/20/2021
Marcus Leggett

#NationalVolunteerWeek is an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle one of society’s greatest challenges, to build stronger more inclusive communities.

Today we are highlighting Coach Marcus from Area 2. We are so grateful for Coach Marcus and all of the amazing Tidewater Region volunteers that help keep our programs running!

Check out the story on Coach Marcus and read about the other volunteers we are highlighting this week: https://www.specialolympicsva.org/marcus-leggett?locale=en

Marcus, whose son is also a Special Olympics Virginia athlete, has been with Area 2 for 15 years as the local coordinator in Virginia Beach and as a coach of multiple sports year round. After being called coach at the first event he attended, he knew he was locked in.

If you are participating in the Rocket League Tournament tonite, please be sure to read the Quick Start guide at:https:/...
04/02/2021
Esports

If you are participating in the Rocket League Tournament tonite, please be sure to read the Quick Start guide at:

https://www.specialolympicsva.org/esports

You must have the game downloaded on your PC or console.

Special Olympics Virginia is getting in the game. That's right, we're excited to enter the world of esports. Esports is a form of organized, multiplayer sport competition using video games.

Attention Esports fans!! Tomorrow (March 31) is the deadline to register for the Esports tournament on April 2 at 8pm. V...
03/30/2021
Esports

Attention Esports fans!! Tomorrow (March 31) is the deadline to register for the Esports tournament on April 2 at 8pm.

Visit https://www.specialolympicsva.org/esports?locale=en for more details and to register. It's going to be a blast!!

Special Olympics Virginia is getting in the game. That's right, we're excited to enter the world of esports. Esports is a form of organized, multiplayer sport competition using video games.

Special Olympics + Esports = AWESOMENESS!!! That's right - Special Olympics Virginia is now offering Esports! Join us fo...
03/24/2021

Special Olympics + Esports = AWESOMENESS!!!

That's right - Special Olympics Virginia is now offering Esports! Join us for a one day tournament on April 2nd at 8pm. Come play Rocket League with us on your PC, PS4, Xbox or Switch!!

Visit www.SpecialOlympicsVa.org/esports for more information and to register before March 31st. Have questions? Message us!!

Special Olympics + Esports = AWESOMENESS!!!

That's right - Special Olympics Virginia is now offering Esports! Join us for a one day tournament on April 2nd at 8pm. Come play Rocket League with us on your PC, PS4, Xbox or Switch!!

Visit www.SpecialOlympicsVa.org/esports for more information and to register before March 31st. Have questions? Message us!!

Looking for something to send to family and friends when asking for donations to your Polar Plunge page? Use this!Only 1...
01/26/2021

Looking for something to send to family and friends when asking for donations to your Polar Plunge page? Use this!

Only 11 more days until the virtual Polar Plunge celebration! Make sure you are following Plunge Virginia on Facebook so you can stay up to date and watch the celebration with us live on Saturday Feb. 6th!!

Share this with your friends and family and shame them into donating to your fundraising page.

01/05/2021
Plunge Virginia

Daniel is BACK with the Coolest Minute in Plunge! Check out this awesome video for the latest Plunge updates.

Still frozen and haven't created your fundraising page yet? No worries! Go to www.PolarPlunge.com to get started.

Daniel Morales. The man, the myth, the legend is BACK for the Coolest Minute in Plunge. Each week, he'll provide you a 60 second update on everything Plunge.

www.PolarPlunge.com

Have you created your Polar Plunge fundraising page yet? Well, if you haven't don't panic. Below you can find details on...
12/07/2020

Have you created your Polar Plunge fundraising page yet? Well, if you haven't don't panic. Below you can find details on where to go to sign up and some more information on Polar Plunge 2021.

We hope you will #PlungeYourWay with us this year!!

Here is how to participate in the 2021 Polar Plunge:

1. Register yourself or your team at www.PolarPlunge.com.

2. Raise funds for Special Olympics Virginia by reaching out to family and friends. The more you raise the more incentives you earn!

3. #PlungeYourWay during Plunge week (Feb 1-6), take advantage of all of our Plunge Perks, and share your experience online.

11/06/2020
Special Olympics Virginia

POLAR PLUNGE IS BACK!! See below for more details about the online event. Check out https://polarplunge.com/ to register and create your fundraising page today!!

Our largest fundraiser is BACK! That's right, the 2021 Plunge registration is here and this year, we want you to plunge it your way.

So what does that mean? Well, do you want to take an icy dip in your neighbor’s pool? Go for it! Rather take the year off and lounge in a hot tub? You do you.

We need your support now more than ever and we promise we won't judge.

www.polarplunge.com

11/05/2020
Special Olympics Virginia

Tune in THIS Saturday Nov. 7th at 10 am for the Virtual Fall Fitness Combine Celebration!! And don't forget to stick around for the dance party right after.

See you then!!

This Saturday, join us right here LIVE on Facebook for our Virtual Fall Fitness Combine Celebration at 10AM. Right after that, we'll be hosting our Virtual Dance Party. You don't want to miss it!

11/01/2020
Plunge Virginia

Stay tuned for some exciting announcements about Polar Plunge 2021!!

Happy Halloween. Announcement coming soon.

Looking for some safe & socially distanced fun? Well, you found it! There are still spots available for athletes age 2-7...
10/15/2020

Looking for some safe & socially distanced fun? Well, you found it! There are still spots available for athletes age 2-7 to join the Young Athletes program at Camp Gromm every Saturday from 10-11 until Nov. 3rd.

Check out some pictures from the last practice below!! Visit the link on the flyer or message us if you know a Young Athlete that would like to get involved.

REMINDER! We still have a few spots open for the Young Athletes program hosted at YMCA Camp Grom. Every Saturday from Oc...
09/24/2020

REMINDER! We still have a few spots open for the Young Athletes program hosted at YMCA Camp Grom. Every Saturday from Oct. 3 - Nov. 21st athletes ages 2-7 can come play, practice and work on important skills.

Message us with any questions. We hope to see you there!

We still have a few spots left in our new Young athletes program!!
09/21/2020

We still have a few spots left in our new Young athletes program!!

09/08/2020
Special Olympics Virginia

Daniel Morales is back to remind you that tomorrow (Sept. 9) is the last day to register for the Fall Fitness Combine. It’s going to be a blast and we want you to be a part of it!!

Register and find tips, videos and other resources here: https://www.specialolympicsva.org/2020-fitness-combine

Athlete, Global Messenger, fit athlete, and all around talented guy Daniel Morales is back again. This time, he's taking on the Fall Fitness Combine. He wants everyone to know that if he can do it, so can you.

The extended registration deadline is only 1 day away. Head to https://www.specialolympicsva.org/2020-fitness-combine to get registered!

Happy Monday everyone. We want to remind you about some exciting opportunities we have coming up!1. YMCA & Special Olymp...
08/10/2020

Happy Monday everyone. We want to remind you about some exciting opportunities we have coming up!

1. YMCA & Special Olympics Virginia presents Young Athletes. This unique sport and play opportunity, for athletes age 2-7, will be held every Saturday Oct. 3 - Nov. 21 at YMCA Camp Grom. There are still 4 spots left!

2. The 2020 Fitness Combine will be starting in less than 3 weeks! Visit the link below for more information and to register.
https://www.specialolympicsva.org/2020-fitness-combine

In case you missed it: The 2020 Fitness Combine has officially been launched!! Click the link below for important detail...
07/31/2020

In case you missed it: The 2020 Fitness Combine has officially been launched!! Click the link below for important details, how to register and even break down videos for every exercise you'll be doing. Have questions or need help getting started? Message us!

Details here: https://www.specialolympicsva.org/2020-fitness-combine

We are excited to announce the 2020 Fall Fitness Combine that will begin August 30th. Check out the information below fo...
07/28/2020

We are excited to announce the 2020 Fall Fitness Combine that will begin August 30th. Check out the information below for details and how to register!

https://www.specialolympicsva.org/2020-fitness-combine

Introducing the 2020 Fall Fitness Combine!

The goal of the 2020 Fall Fitness Combine is to provide athletes and partners with a training program and virtual competition platform that will increase strength, flexibility and overall physical performance. The program can be done at home or at a team practice.

Will you accept the challenge? Learn More at: https://www.specialolympicsva.org/2020-fitness-combine

In case you missed it, see below for an important update about Return to Activities that was posted last week on June 29...
07/07/2020

In case you missed it, see below for an important update about Return to Activities that was posted last week on June 29th. Continue staying safe & healthy everyone!

Return to Activity Updates from Special Olympics Virginia

June 29, 2020

The health and safety of our athletes and volunteers continue to be paramount. Special Olympics Virginia will adopt the Return to Activities (R2A) Plan as designed by Special Olympics Inc. In order to provide all the information necessary for safe return as well as appropriate volunteer and coach training opportunities, Special Olympics Virginia will begin the first phase of return to activities August 1, 2020.

In July, Area leadership, coaches and volunteers will receive the Return to Activities Plan and will be provided dates for training opportunities. The Return to Activities start date of August 1, 2020 includes any event (sports, fundraising or social) that involve athlete participation. Guidelines regarding fundraising events that do not include athletes also are being developed and will be shared soon.

We appreciate your patience as we work through this and look forward to having our athletes active again. If you have any questions, please contact Dave Pawlowski.

Rick Jeffrey, Special Olympics Virginia President

Please see the new flyer for Young Athletes at  YMCA at JT's Camp Grom as the dates have changed.
05/07/2020

Please see the new flyer for Young Athletes at YMCA at JT's Camp Grom as the dates have changed.

04/14/2020

Everyone go follow Special Olympics Virginia Virtual Fitness and share your daily fitness activities with all your fellow athletes!!

Show us how you’ve been staying active!
03/26/2020

Show us how you’ve been staying active!

Athletes, what have you been doing to stay active at home? We're so proud of so many of our athletes for committing to staying positive and healthy during this difficult time.

Head on over to our new Facebook group, Virtual Fitness, and show us what you've been up to.

➡️💪: https://tinyurl.com/SOVA-Fitness

Urgent news!!! Please be safe everyone!
03/12/2020

Urgent news!!! Please be safe everyone!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Special Olympics Virginia is entering its spring season and with growing concern over the coronavirus in the United States, it is important to address our upcoming competitions and events for the health and safety of everyone involved. Please read the following update: https://buff.ly/2Q8jSBT

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03/09/2020

Special Olympics Virginia - Tidewater Region's cover photo

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03/04/2020

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Greetings SOVA athletes, I have an exciting offer from the Princess Anne Onelife Fitness facility! For the month of March, 2018, Onelife Personal Trainer, Corey Garner, is offering free personal training sessions at their Princess Anne Road facility to all Special Olympics athletes. Learn new ways to exercise and have fun! Athletes will be responsible for their own transportation and any training after March. The training spots are limited so please call or text Coach Wade Crawford at 757-739-0207 to schedule your free training sessions or with any questions. Please note that this is not a Special Olympics event but an offer provided to Special Olympics. Onelife Fitness 3809 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456 Gym Hours Mon - Thurs: 5 AM - 11 PM Fri: 5 AM - 10 PM Sat: 7 AM - 8 PM Sun: 7 AM - 8 PM
Good luck to all