A special page for and about our athletes
This page will be regularly updated with any changes to information and with updates from our Council's Athlete's Representative and Global Messengers. To recieve more information about our offerings, please fill out this FORM
Who is Eligible to Participate in Special Olympics?
To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, you must be at least 8 years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions:
intellectual disabilities, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required
specially designed instruction.
Participation is completely free to athletes and families.
Register as an Athlete
The Special Olympics Virginia website has all of the information on what paperwork and steps are required to become a Special Olympian. Once the process is complete, Area 26 will become involved in finding teams and placement for local members.
NOTE: When complete and signed by a physician, all Medical Paperwork must be submitted to [email protected]. If you want to update your contact information for the medical system (email, phone, etc.) Fill out this FORM.
**NEW for ALL** COVID Waiver
Before return to play, ALL Athletes, regardless of their current medical eligibility status must complete and submit the new COVID waiver to the medical staff at email [email protected]
Proof of Vaccination
Area 26 Policy requires all athletes must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination if participating in close contact and/or team sports. SOVA Policy requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for any individual participating in overnight events. This includes any local, regional, state or national invitational events. Proof of vaccination must be sent to SOVA and Area 26, by sending an email of the picture of your vaccination card to [email protected]
Area 26 Athlete Representative
Max Hershberger our current Athlete Representative. He acts as the voice of the athletes in Council votes and discussions, and writes the Athlete's Corner column in the Area Newsletter. Jeff is a multi-sport athlete who participates in Basketball, Track, Football, and Volleyball,
If you have questions about what it is like to be a Special Olympian, or want to talk about Area 26, you can...
Global Messenger Annie Eplee
An Area 26 Global Messenger speaks about her track experience