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Welcome to Area 11 Special Olympics Virginia

Special Olympics is a year-round international program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Virginia (SOVA) is the state program of Special Olympics Incorporated. Area 11 of SOVA serves the City of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George and Caroline Counties.  Please take a moment to read about our programs and feel free to contact us for more information.

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Current Events and Announcements

2014 Polar Plunge Winter Festival


Friday, February 7, 2014 (All day) - Saturday, February 8, 2014 (All day)

Pack your dancing shoes for Friday’s biggest beach party. Flex your athletic prowess at the Plunge 5K or inaugural beach volleyball tournament. Then prove you’re the coolest of the cool when you take your icy dip into the Atlantic – in costume if you so dare.

Whether you run, plunge or play, we leave that to you. Come chill with us!

Support the Area 11 plungers by donating today!

Be a Fan of Dignity

r-word.orgThis year, Special Olympics celebrates 40 years of changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through sport, along with building more inclusive and engaged communities around the world - places where each person, regardless of ability or disability, is accepted and welcomed and where every individual contributes to the strength and vibrancy of the whole.

Leading the way in promoting acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics opposes prejudice and discrimination continuously working to dispel the negative stereotypes associated with this population — the use of word r-word (retard) being one such stereotype. In a world that has worked to eliminate racial and ethnic prejudicial language such as the N word, among others, the r-word is gaining popularity.

Our choice of language frames how we think about others.
It is time to respect and value people with intellectual disabilities.
It is time to accept and welcome them as our friends and neighbors.

ACT NOW - - pledge your support to eliminate the demeaning use of the r-word.

As we celebrate 40 years we must also speak out against speech that perpetuates the negative stereotypes that face people with intellectual disabilities every day. No matter how ugly the r-word is its use continues to gain in popularity as we were appalled to see in the new Ben Stiller movie, Tropic Thunder. Area 11 is proud to join one of Richmond's own athletes, John Franklin Stephens, in speaking out by sharing his poignant commentary as it was published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Please join us in reading  The Term 'Retard' Is a Big Deal to People Like Me.


Special Olympics Young Athlete Program

Special Olympics Young Athletes logo

Special Olympics is piloting a new and exciting program called the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program.  In  the past Special Olympics has only served athletes from the age of 8 and up. Our Young Athletes Program will serve athletes between the ages of 2 - 7 years of age whom have been previously been left out of our traditional program. The Young Athletes Program will also place more emphasis on play and social interaction rather than the sport and competition emphasis of our traditional program. The idea is that the skills that are practiced and developed during our Young Athletes Program will serve as a  stepping stone and will ease the transition process into our traditional program once the Athlete turns 8 Years old.

The Young Athlete Program will resume in the spring and will meet at Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School located at 150 Duffy Drive, Stafford, VA 22556.  Stay tuned for upcoming information!! 
If you are interested in participating in this program as either a Volunteer or Parent/Athlete participant please contact Area Coordinator, Tim Doyle or our Young Athlete Coordinator Lisa Sanchez












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To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

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To help bring all persons with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens.

Click here to view the current Constitution and By Laws Ratified July 2005.

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Training for Life

For our athletes, the training never stops and the benefits last a lifetime. A 1995 Yale University study proved it:  Special Olympics athletes do better at school, at work and at home than their peers not involved in our year-round sports program.  We like to call it "Training for Life" - providing persons with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to become physically fit, develop cooperation and social skills, and increase their self-esteem, all while competing in an Olympic-type sports program.

Sports participation for our athletes is truly "Training for Life," and Special Olympics Virginia gives everyone a chance to keep that spirit alive. To find out how you can get involved with Special Olympics in Area 11, please email us at
Area 11 SOVA or call us at (540) 891-0099.

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Sports Programs

Area 11 currently offers programs in the following sports.  Please visit our Sports page for more details and information.

  • Alpine Skiing

  • Aquatics

  • Basketball

  • Bocce' Ball

  • Bowling

  • Cheerleading

  • Equestrian

  • Golf

  • Power Lifting

  • Soccer

  • Softball

  • Tae Kwon Do

  • Tennis

  • Track

  • Volleyball


Click the filmstrip to see the difference Special Olympics makes!

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Join Us - Monthly Meetings

All volunteers are invited to join us!  Area 11 conducts monthly meeting the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. The meeting location rotates each month.  Check the monthly calendar for details. 

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Updated 01/26/2014

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