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1,000 "Fan-atics" Needed at Special Olympics Virginia Basketball Championships

If you've ever played sports, you know what it's like to be cheered on by a crowd. The applause, the shouts of encouragement, the adrenaline rush. Now imagine that same swim meet, that same soccer tournament, that same football game - but without the fans.

We believe it's truly not as special without the fans - and that goes for any sports competition, including Special Olympics. So we need you to "Volunteer to Cheer" at this year's Special Olympics Virginia Basketball Championships, set for March 19-20 at various venues in Stafford. Spend two hours - or all day! - showing your enthusiasm for more than 800 athletes from across Virginia who will go for the gold on the courts.

We need you to fill the stands and cheer, because competing without cheering fans is truly not as special. We promise you will see that our athletes are deserving of your applause and support. Sign up today at

Check-in will be at the "Volunteer to Cheer" tables located at each competition venue. Here, you will be able to make posters and signs and hopefully meet some athletes face to face. Feel free to dress up in your most fanatic costume or paint your face to show your spirit. Everyone who comes out to cheer also will get free "cheer sticks" to help them get into the spirit!


About the Special Olympics Virginia Basketball Championships

Celebrate March Madness when more than 800 Special Olympics Virginia athletes from across the state compete in basketball skills, full court and half court basketball competitions at several Stafford high and middle schools. The event kicks off with the GEICO All-Star Friday Night Opening Ceremony at Mountain View High School, featuring a series of basketball skills contests for athletes and coaches, and a Special Olympics Virginia vs. GEICO basketball game. The championships begin on Saturday morning and continue throughout the day at the various school locations. For a full schedule, visit This year's event is presented by GEICO. Additional sponsors include American Family Fitness, Stafford County Public Schools, Sheetz and the Free Lance-Star.


For more information on Basketball Championships, please contact Holly Claytor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 804-726-3025. To "Volunteer to Cheer," visit, sign up today!

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Pouches' Community Corner

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