NOTICES: You can still donate to Area 26 through the
Mark Emery Memorial Golf Tournament Fundraiser HERE
If you would like to volunteer to help out with scoring, refereeing or admin support for a basketball tournament, click HERE
The 2024 Polar Plunge registration and donation page is open.
If you want to participate, PLEASE do so through the link below for Bill Creighton's Ice Dippers Team as that will guarantee that the Area gets a portion of the funds (50%).
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.
Chair: Elaine Tilton
Secretary: Abby Lacy
Treasurer: Jeff McGiboney
Athlete Representative: Kia Hill
IT Coordinator: Barry Tilton
Volunteer Coordinator: Tejas Patel
Referee Co-Coordinator: Jeffrey Eskridge
Athlete Registration Coordinator: Nancy Robbins
Fundraising Chair: Patrick DeLapp and Katherine Martin
Medical Coordinator: Christine Fowler
Spring/Summer Sports Director: Nancy Julia
Fall/Winter Sports Director: Elaine Tilton
At Large: Chuck Adkins Blanch, Jay Hoffmeir
Athlete Rep Mentor: Max Hershberger,
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 site as there is an abundance of information available. I would appreciate your comments and suggestions.
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.
If you have questions, feel free to contact us by clicking below.
For more information about our activities, past editions of the newsletter are available here
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