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Special Olympics VA Area 26

NOTICE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, ALL in person Area 26 Fall Sports activities have been cancelled. 

Online Area 26 activities and programs will begin shortly.

Please stay safe, healthy, and at home.

Stay Fit, Stay Active

Follow these links for online programs from Area 26 and from Special Olympics during COVID

Area 26 Programs

We offer a number of ways to stay fit and in touch

Area 26 Online Programs

Special Olympics VA Programs

Fit5 and others

SOVA Online Programs

Special Olympics International

SOI activites and web programs.

SOI Activities

Who We Are

Special Olympics Virgina  (SOVA)  provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.  Area 26 services SOVA in Fairfax County, Arlington and Alexandria as part of the Potomac Region.

Area Council 

Chair: Elaine Tilton
Secretary: Abby Lacy
Treasurer: Bernie Woolfley
Athlete Representative: Billy Duquette
IT Coordinators:  Jay Hoffmeier and Paul Tierney
Volunteer Coordinator: Bruce Fingerhut
Volunteer Recruiting & Group Home Coordinator:
 School Outreach: Chuck Adkins-Blanch
Referee Co-Coordinator:  Open
Class A & Unified  Partner:  Open
Fundraising Chair: Open
Awards: Open
Spring/Summer Sports Director: Nancy Julia

Fall/Winter Sports Director: Elaine Tilton
At Large: Jeff McGiboneyPatrick DeLapp,  Nancy Robbins
Senior Director Potomac Region: Veronica Jennings

Sports and Coordinators

Greetings from the Chair

Welcome to our community website! My name is Elaine Tilton, and I am  both the Chair and the Director of Fall and Winter Programs for  Area 26.

Locally we offer 23 sports to more than 2500 athletes year round. We are always in need of volunteers who are willing to share their time and skills with our athletes.  They will surely show you that they possess the same level of excitement and interest that you have.  

If you are already involved, please take a look around the new site as there is an abundance of information available. I would appreciate your comments and suggestions. 

                                  Sincerely,
                                      Elaine Tilton 

Revealing the Champion in all of us

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


Area 26 is the local organization managing Special Oympics teams, athletes and events in Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria.  We support over 3500 competitors in sports year-round.

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Newsletter Archive

For more information about our activities, past editions of the newsletter are available here

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July

A message from Tim Shriver.  Still more stay-at-home activities.  Torch Run results.  Featured Sport:  Bocce

July 2020

June 

More stay-at-home  activities.  Virtual Torch Run.  

June 2020

May

More adventures at home.  Photojournals of athletes and Coaches/Volunteers staying fit and active.  Featured sport, powerlifting

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April

COVID-19 Stay at Home edition.  Home fitness photojournal, Unified Wizards Game, Featured Sport:  Swimming

April 2020

March

Fitness Video, Basketball, Speedskating States,
Special Featured Sport:  Swedish Test Skating, 

March 2020

February

The Mosaic Polar Plunge, PVI Basketball Clinic and Bash Boxing.  Featured Sport: Speedskating

February 2020

January

Basketball Season starts.  Hayfield BBall Clinic,  NBA Cares Event. Featured Sport:  Skiing and Snowboarding

January 2020

December

NIRSA Flag Football, and Golf NIT.  Featured Sport, Basketball

December 2019

November

News on Marine Corps Marathon and Law Enforcement Golf Fundraiser.  Featured Sport, Cross Country Skiing

November 2019

October

First online edition of new email.  Featured Sport, Cycling

October 2019

September

This issue is only available as a PDF.   Featured Sport, Volleyball. 

September 2019

Special Editions

Besides the normal Monthly edition, we have published several special editions for events that stand on their own.  These can be found by clicking their links here:

2019 Fall State Games
2020 NBA Cares with Chris Carter
2020 Basketball State Games
2020 Athletes at Home Edition



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