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Athlete's Corner

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.   

Athlete Registration Resources

**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]


Global Messenger

The current NOVA Global Messenger is Kyler Reese. Kyler is a Senior in the GMU LIFE program, and has been a Special Olympian for 20 years. He is available for speaking engagements to advocate for inclusion and furthering the goals of Special Olympics.


Kyler's Bio

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...

Contact Max

Video Spotlight

Global Messenger Annie Eplee

An Area 26 Global Messenger speaks about her track experience

Athletes In Action

See the latest from your friends in Area 26.  

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(This section will be updated regularly throughout the year.