Special Olympics Volunteer Interest Form -New River Valley (Area 9)      
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Special Olympics New River Valley! Special Olympics Volunteer sign up on this page below is for all programs active this season and throughout the year.  If you are a Special Olympics Athlete please go to: https://tinyurl.com/athlete9area to sign up.

1. If you are new, please complete the volunteer form found here:  https://tinyurl.com/VolFormA
2. Please complete the Covid Waiver form https://tinyurl.com/WaiverInfectiousDisease
3. Sign up for the opportunities you are interested in below.  
4. Watch for more details in your email and see you at the first practice or the training scheduled for your sport.

Unified Sports is an exciting inclusive program that brings together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities in a setting where all are challenged to improve their skills. Special Olympics in the NRV is lead by local volunteers in coordination with many community partners. 

TRACK & FIELD - Mar 10-Apr 28
Track & Field - SPRING GAMES - April 21, 2024 
BOCCE - March 10-April 28
SOFTBALL - April - June
SWIMMING - Sept-Nov.and Feb - April. 
WALKING Club - Jan 15-Apr 15
BOWLING LEAGUE- Fall and Spring Feb 15-Apr 18
VOLLEYBALL - Sept.-Oct. 2024
FLAG FOOTBALL - Sept.- Nov. 2024

Info and updates, including INCLEMENT WEATHER MESSAGES can be found on our Facebook group "Special Olympics Virginia Area 9" AND follow our NEW page "Special Olympics Virginia Area 9".  

Dress appropriately for your sport because we will play the first date. (Athletic shoes, Volleyball and Basketball - court shoes and gym shorts. Swimming - swim suit and towel for the pool.  Bowling - socks are needed.)

For dates of more upcoming events check our website. www.specialolympicsva.org
If you have any questions, email southwest@specialolympicsva.org.

Please use the form below to let us know your volunteer interests. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Track and Field
Track and Field will begin on Sunday, March 10 - April 28, 2-4 p.m. Christiansburg High School track.  Track and Field Spring Games will be on Sunday, APRIL 21. Please check the Facebook pages (listed above) for cancellation of track practice due to weather.
Track and Field: SPRING GAMES
Track and Field Spring Games-April 21. Christiansburg High School. A great day for athletes to compete in track and field events. Volunteers are needed to plan and assist with the events.

Volunteer Positions needed

Escorts = lead the athletes from the event’s staging area to the start line, or from the finish line to the awards area.
Buddies = help one on one with an athlete to ensure that they arrive at their event’s staging area on time. Cheer them on, and make sure they have water and their provided lunch. This is an all day volunteer position, but is very rewarding.
Games management = assist with staging, time keeping, and other duties to run the track meet.
Unified Bocce
Bocce will begin on Sunday, Mar 10 - Apr 28,  2p-3:30p at Christiansburg High School Track. A fun sport suitable for any skill level and age. Please check the Facebook pages (listed above) for cancellation of practice due to weather.
Unified Softball 
Softball will begin on Tuesday, April 2 - June 4, 6:30p-8:30p at Harkrader Field, 1209 Buffalo Dr, Christiansburg, right behind Christiansburg Middle School. Players will be placed on teams of similar age and ability. Coaches and players/partners of all skill levels are welcome.
Swimming is on Wednesday nights Feb 7 - April 24, 7p-8p, Blacksburg Aquatic Center on Patrick Henry Dr. This program partners individuals with intellectual disabilities with a partner for individualized instruction. You will be in the pool so wear your swim suit.  
Unified Bowling League
Bowling is on Thursday nights Feb 15-April 18, 6:30p-8p at the NRV Superbowl in Christiansburg. Shoes and ball rental $5/week and please wears socks. NO Bowling on March 7.
Unified Bowling League Team Requests
(If applicable, request to be with team members from previous seasons etc. )
Unified Walking Club
Walking is on Monday nights, Jan 15-April 15, 6:30-7:30 pm  at the Uptown Christiansburg Mall.  All members of the Special Olympics community (coaches, partners, family members, volunteer groups and caregivers) are welcome to join! This activity is led by Coaches Matt and Jill Wheeler. Walk with a partner for fitness and fun! 
Unified Volleyball League
Volleyball is on Tuesday nights, Sept -Nov, 7p-8:30p at the Blacksburg Community Center, 725 Patrick Henry Drive. This league combines people with and without intellectual disability into teams of equal ability.  New volunteers must attend the volunteer orientation, dates and times TBD in the Fall of 2024.
Unified Basketball League
Basketball is on Tuesday nights, Nov-March, 7p-8:30p at the Blacksburg Community Center, 725 Patrick Henry Dr. This league combines people with and without intellectual disability into teams of equal ability.  The league begins at the end of November-Dec & continues Jan - March.  New volunteers must attend the volunteer orientation, dates and times TBD in the Fall of 2024.
Jr. Basketball
Junior Basketball is for athletes ages 8-18 & is beginner friendly for our younger players, Jan.-Feb 10:30a-11:30a at Christiansburg Middle School.  The team will attend the SW Basketball Tournaments in Feb 2025 
Basketball Tournaments February 2025
If you would like to volunteer on the Management Team or committees for any of the basketball tournaments, please check below.  SW Regional Basketball Tournament is at Cassell Coliseum, February 2025
Alpine Skiing (Downhill)
This program partners individuals with disabilities with a partner/coach for individualized instruction. We have limited slots in this program. Volunteers should be competent on skis. The group typically skis at Wintergreen. 
Unified Cheerleading
Cheerleading is open to days and times. We are currently looking for qualified Cheer coaches. Please sign up if you are interested in coaching.
Running Group
Join the Unified running group. The goal of the group is to run/walk a 5K , 3K or a 1 mile. FOR MORE INFO email nrvspecialolympics@gmail.com. The group meets for approximately 1 hour on a weekday evening or a weekend day.   Dates TBD
Unified Flag Football
Unified Flag Football at the Virginia Tech Recreational Fields and/or Fieldhouse. Nov-Dec dates and times TBA.
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