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Volunteer to Cheer at Special Olympics Virginia Basketball Championships, March 15-16

Did you know that 6 out of 10 people with intellectual disabilities will be bullied at some point in their life? In an effort to reverse the bullying epidemic, we're actively seeking community volunteers of all ages to help cheer Special Olympics athletes to victory at our upcoming Basketball Championships, presented by GEICO. More than 800 athletes from across the state will go for gold in full-court, half-court and basketball skills competitions March 15-16 at various Stafford County middle and high schools. Visit to sign up to be a fan. In the first few moments of experiencing Special Olympics, you will see that our athletes are extremely deserving of your applause, support and admiration.

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 enthusiasm. 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

It's March Madness Special Olympics Virginia-style! Don't miss a moment of the annual Basketball Championships in Stafford, including the GEICO All-Star Friday Night Opening Ceremony, starting at 7 p.m. March 15 at Mountain View High School and featuring a GEICO vs. Special Olympics basketball challenge, athlete and coach shootouts and the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron. Skills, half-court and full-court action run from 9 am to 2:30 pm Saturday, March 16 at eight Stafford middle and high schools. For a full schedule, visit Basketball Championships is one of Special Olympics Virginia's seven state-level competitions. 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 and sign up today!

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Special Olympics Virginia is an accredited state program of Special Olympics Incorporated. Special Olympics is an international organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports everyday around the world. Through work in sports, health education and community building, Special Olympics is addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society. Visit us at Engage with us on Twitter @solympicsva;; and

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Pouches Visits the Past


If Pouches' experience at History Camp is any indication, your son or daughter will enjoy joining Washington Heritage Museums and the George Washington Foundation for History Camp in Fredericksburg. The week-long day camp will be held June 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day.

Young historians discover American history with hands-on experiences as they walk in the footsteps where the history of Fredericksburg, and a budding America, was created. The camp complements the history taught in classrooms with activities such as soap making, code breaking, colonial crafts, penmanship and much more.