NOTICE: After further review by the Council with guidance from SOVA, ALL in person Area 26 Winter Sports programs have been cancelled (Due to COVID risk).
Online Area 26 activities and programs are ongoing
Please stay safe, healthy, and at home.
The COVID Waiver form is now available and must be completed BEFORE any athlete, coach or volunteer will be eligible to return to play. See details in the Athlete or Volunteer Sections
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: Bernie Woolfley
Athlete Representative: Max Hershberger
IT Coordinator: Jay Hoffmeier
Volunteer Coordinator: Bruce Fingerhut
Volunteer Recruiting & Group Home Coordinator:
School Outreach: Chuck Adkins-Blanch
Referee Co-Coordinator: Open
Class A & Unified Partner: Open
Fundraising Chair: Patrick DeLapp and Katherine Martin
Medical Coordinator: Open
Spring/Summer Sports Director: Nancy Julia
Fall/Winter Sports Director: Elaine Tilton
At Large: Jeff McGiboney, Nancy Robbins
Senior Director Potomac Region: Veronica Jennings
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 new 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.
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