Olympics Virginia Beach
Special Olympics Virginia Area 2
Plans for Fall 2020
Volunteers and Families
We hope that eveyone is staying healthy and continuing to exercise during the state of emergency. A
lot of you have been doing virtual workout with Coach Marcus and Coach Calvin. That is great and we encourage you to
continue to stay in contact with each other and find ways to stay active.
Special Olympics Virginia has released its Return to Activities Plan for all Special
Olympics programs in Virginia. If you would like to learn more about the Return to Activities Plan, SOVA has resources
on the Special Olympics Virginia website. Here is the link: https://www.specialolympicsva.org/return-to-activities-information-resources. The Area 2 Council has participated in webinars, reviewed the plans and the requirements that need to be in place,
contacted our facility and community partners and met as an Area 2 Council to discuss if and when Area 2 programs can start
Return of Activities.
No in person activities in Area 2 at this time
There have been a lot to consider. The safety and well-being of all athletes,
coaches and volunteers is the most important factor to consider at this time and that is what we will guide Area 2's decision
to return to in person activities. As of August 1, 2020, the COVID-19 rates in the Tidewater Region are very high and
it would not be safe to meet in person for Special Olympics events. Therefore, the Area 2 Council has decided that NO Special
Olympics activities may happen at this time. Coaches and Volunteers should not meet in person with athletes that are
not already part of their households. This includes social events. The Area 2 Council will reassess the conditions
in the Tidewater Region in September and decide if and when in person activities can start.
SOVA Fall 2020 Fitness Combine Competition
Although we will not be meeting in person at this time,
Special Olympics Virginia is offering a new Fall 2020 Fitness Combine competition that can be done in person or virtually.
This is an exciting new program that everyone can do at home or can join a team in their city and do virtually. Each
week athletes will work out and practice the nine Fitness Combine skill activities and then be tested to get their scores.
Scores will be sent to SOVA and, during the first week of November, SOVA will send out virtual ribbons based on the scores
that were sent in. The Fitness Combine activities are fun and challenging and you can go to the SOVA website to watch
the videos about the Fitness Combin. Here is the link: https://www.specialolympicsva.org/2020-fitness-combine.
To participate in the Fall 2020
Fitness Combine, athletes will need to register on line through the SOVA website or by letting their coach know that they
want to sign up. Registration is open until the end of August and then training will start virtually at the beginning
of Septtember. Everyone who signs up will get a Fall Combine t-shirt. If conditions improvein the Tidewater Area
and our facilities allow us to ccome back, the Area 2 Council will consider allowing in person practices to start up to work
on the Fitness Combine activities. Until tthat happens, we will be doing virtual workouts with the coaches or athletes
can workout on their own.
healthy and active! Sign up for the Fitness Combne andsign up for the virtual workouts in your city to learn more about
the Fitness Combine and stay connected with each other.
SOVA Area 2 Coordinator
ALL COACHES, ASSISTANT
COACHES AND VOLUNTEERS!
per our insurance company, all coaches and asst. coaches are required to complete the Concussion Training
in order to be able to recognize and properly proceed when
any head injury is suspected.
SHARE IT WITH THE COUNCIL!
The Local Council of Special Olympics Virginia
welcomes all ideas on gaining exposure for our
Athletes to assist in
Building a Bigger, Better Virginia Beach Community.
All coaches are expected to assist in raising funds to support their individual
We are looking for more coaches and
volunteers to join the Local Council as Members at Large.
Beach Council meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month
at 6:00 pm. at MSA, P.C., 5032
Rouse Drive, Suite 100 Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462.
Virginia Beach is proud to be a part of Special Olympics Virginia, Area 2.
Virginia Beach is the largest Special Olympics Virginia program within Hampton Roads with
over 500 active athletes and is continually growing. We also happen to be the
host city for many Local, Area, Regional and State Events. Additionally, many
of you may know that Virginia Beach is the host of the Annual Polar Plunge in Virginia
every year which is the largest annual fundraising event for our organization.
Please take some time to look at our site, view some photos of our athletes and coaches, and
most importantly, get involved today!
TO KEEP YOU UPDATED ON CANCELLATIONS, TRIP ARRIVAL TIMES, ETC.
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