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 for all programs active this season.  If you are a Special Olympics Athlete please go to: https://tinyurl.com/athlete9area to sign up.

NOTICE-UPDATE COVID 19

Under advisement from Special Olympics Inc. and in cooperation with the Center for Disease Control (CDC)  Special Olympics has released new guidelines for Return to activities. We continue to follow the guidelines to reduce risk and encouraging EVERYONE to get vaccinated against Covid 19. When a high percentage of vaccinated participants is achieved, we are able to do more sports, including team sports.

In order to create the safest environment for all participants a COVID-19 VACCINATION IS REQUIRED for participation in winter indoor sports--INCLUDING BASKETBALL,  BOWLING AND SWIMMING. Due to the direct threat that COVID-19 poses to the health and safety of our athletes, there will be no exemptions or exceptions to this vaccine requirement.

Vaccinations ARE NOT required for OUTDOOR SPORTS.

Masks and social distancing will be encouraged and required at some facilities.  Only fully registered athletes and volunteers will be allowed in the activity areas. (Family members and spectators must remain in a separate area)  

So much has happened since we were all together.  So let’s get ready to return to Special Olympics sports.
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. Send a copy of your Covid 19 vaccination record to southwest@specialolympicsva.org.  This record will be filed securely with your Special Olympics Volunteer forms.
4. Sign up for the fall opportunities you are interested in.  You MUST SIGN UP IN ADVANCE to be eligible to attend.  We will confirm your registration.
6.    Watch for more details in your email and see you at the first practice.  

We look forward to seeing everyone as we safely to return to activities!

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. Join us for a sport soon.
 
SWIMMING - Sept-Nov. and Feb - April.
TRACK & FIELD - March - April.
SPRING GAMES-TRACK AND FIELD Saturday, April 23
SOFTBALL - March - June
BOCCE-  April- May at St. Mary's Church in Blacksburg and Sept-Nov dates TBD
FLAG FOOTBALL - Sept.- Nov.
VOLLEYBALL - Sept.-Oct.
CHEERLEADING - TBA
RUNNING CLUB -TBA.
WALKING - Feb.- March.
BOWLING LEAGUE- Fall and Spring
BASKETBALL - Dec.-March.
Jr. BASKETBALL- Jan.-Feb.
BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS - Feb.-March.
Downhill Skiing Dec-March

Info and updates, including INCLEMENT WEATHER MESSAGES can be found on our Facebook page "Special Olympics Virginia - Southwest" and group "Special Olympics Virginia Area 9".  We encourage you to follow these pages, as often group emails might end up in spam folders.  Check your spam folder, be sure to mark us as "not spam" so you can get important details. Remember if Montgomery schools are closed for inclement weather, the programs will not meet that day.

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 at specialolympicsva.org/calendar.
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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First Name *
Last Name *
E-mail address-- *
Please remember to check your spam folder and keep an eye on our facebook pages and website.
Organization Name
if applicable
Phone Number *
Please include area code
Are you fully vaccinated against Covid 19? *
Dates of your Covid 19 shots--please email a copy of your record to southwest@specialolympicsva.org to be filed with your medical form.
or the final shot date.
Age Group *
Unified Bocce
Sundays April 3, 10, 24 and May 1, 15, 22.  2-4 p.m.  NEW LOCATION-St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1205 Old Mill Rd, Blacksburg, VA. Parking is left of the church, and we will meet behind the church on the open fields.  A fun sport suitable for any skill level.  
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Track and Field: Saturdays, March - April
APRIL 2 ALTERNATE LOCATION AND TIME--OLD BLACKSBURG HS TRACK 625 Patrick Henry Dr, NOON- 2 PM.  ALL OTHER practices SATURDAYS, 10 a.m. to 12 noon.   MARCH 26, APRIL 2, 9 & 16 AT BLACKSBURG HIGH SCHOOL TRACK off Prices Fork Rd.3401 Bruin Lane, Blacksburg.  .  SIGN UP FOR MORE INFO.  Track and Field Spring Games APRIL 23.  Please keep an eye on the Facebook pages for cancellations due to rain. www.facebook.comSpecialOlympicsVASWRegion or www.facebook.com Special Olympics Area 9.Track and field Spring Games--Cupp Stadium, Radford University--April 23. A great day for athletes to compete in three track and field events. Practices SATURDAYS, 10 a.m. to 12 noon.   SIGN UP FOR MORE INFO. Please check the Facebook pages (listed above) for cancellation of track practice due to weather.  THERE IS NO SHELTER OR BATHROOMS AT THIS LOCATION.
Unified Softball: Tuesdays, Beginning April 5
Players will be placed on teams of similar age and ability. Coaches and players/partners of all skill levels are welcome. Practices are TUESDAY EVENINGS -6:30-8:00 pm, April - June at Harkrader Fields, 1209 Buffalo Dr, Christiansburg. VA
Swimming-Wednesday nights
This program partners individuals with intellectual disabilities with a partner for individualized instruction. You will be in the pool so wear your swim suit. Wednesday swimming -- Beginning April 6, Blacksburg Aquatic Center: 625 Patrick Henry Drive, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Unified Bowling League--NOW FULL
WE HAVE HAD A GREAT RESPONSE FROM VOLUNTEERS AND THE PARTNER SLOTS ON THE TEAMS ARE CURRENTLY FULL.  PLEASE JOIN US FOR ANOTHER SPORT OR FOR BOWLING AGAIN IN THE FALL.  A weekly league at the NRV Superbowl in Christiansburg. We hope to continue Bowling when it is safe on Thursday evenings. 7-9 pm beginning Feb 24. Shoes and ball rental $4/week and please wears socks. New Volunteers must attend a required training via Zoom Feb 10 7pm
Unified Bowling League Team Requests
(If applicable, request to be with team members from previous seasons etc. )
Unified Flag Football
Unified Flag Football at the Virginia Tech South Recreational Fields and/or Fieldhouse. dates and times TBA.
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Unified Volleyball League: Sept-Nov
This league combines people with and without intellectual disability into teams of equal ability.  The league runs Sept 21-Nov 2. Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Blacksburg Community Center, 725 Patrick Henry Drive. New volunteers must attend training on Tuesday, Sept 14-7pm Zoom link will be sent via email.
Unified Basketball League: Dec - March
This league combines people with and without intellectual disability into teams of equal ability.  The league begins in Dec. and then Jan.- March. Practice will be on Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Blacksburg Community Center, 725 Patrick Henry Drive. New volunteers must attend training via Zoom Date/Time TBD.  All participants must be fully vaccinated against Covid 19.
Jr. Basketball
Junior Basketball is for athletes ages 8-18 & is beginner friendly for our younger players. Jan.-Feb.  Times and locations TBD. The team will attend the SW Basketball Tournaments listed below in Feb. All participants must be fully vaccinated against Covid 19.
Upcoming Basketball Tournaments
If you would like to volunteer on the Management Team or committees for any of the 3 basketball tournaments, please check below.  SW Regional Basketball Tournament is at Cassell Coliseum, Feb 2023.
Unified Walking Club
Walk with a partner for fitness and fun. Walking is 7:15-8:15 pm on Tuesdays, Feb. - March. University Mall on University City Blvd, Blacksburg. New volunteers must attend the volunteer orientation date/time TBD.
Polar Plunge VOLUNTEERS.  
WE CAN USE A FEW GOOD VOLUNTEERS AT NEW RIVER POLAR PLUNGE. Plunge will take place February 2023 - be on the lookout for more information about how to sign up as time gets closer!  www.polarplunge.com to create a team for our local program by adding "area 9" to the team name.
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.  Contact Stan Norris for more information stannorris@comcast.net
Unified Cheerleading
The Unified Cheer Team will meet again on Jan.-Feb.  Details to be sent.
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