Area26 news & updates

April 2022 | Issue 32
Let me win, but if I cannot win,
Let me be brave in the attempt.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Per current COVID spread rates and infection counts, all sports are currently allowed to resume. We are now operating in GREEN status, so masks are optional for the fully vaccinated. Screening protocols as previously arranged.
Season Scrimmage Play

Due to the lack of most tournaments being possible this year, several teams did get together as the COVID situation lightened for some scrimmage play. The teams involved are: Eagles Gold, GMU Gold Rush, Mighty Titans, GMU Green Machine and some of the Eagles Red roster. Here are some highlight photos...
(Credit to Mark Fowler and Martha Merz for content...)
Miramount Tournament (Mar 27th)

As the mandates began to lift, Marymount University offered a limited invitational tournament to a few teams to welcome the return of sport. Chantilly United, Eagles Gold, Fairfax Bulls, GMU Green Machine, Legends, Lightning, Mighty Titans and Timberwolves participated. The very special crew at Marymount did a wonderful job of showcasing inclusion and putting on a big show in the process - highlights follow...
Paul VI Tournament...(also March 27th...)
While the 8 teams above were dueling it out at Marymount, another group of court warriors made their way to the beautiful new Paul VI campus in Area 14 to compete there... GMU's Mason Nation, Pride and Stars joined White Oaks Teams 1 and 2 and the Loudoun County Gophers (Red AND Blue) teams joined host Paul VI in a day of hot matchups...
Thank you to both Marymount and PVI for giving many of our athletes a wonderful experience - your contributions are truly a blessing!
Cannons fired their last shot of the season...

From Coach Dick Schneider...The Cannons celebrate their 2022 basketball season with a pizza party at Anthony's Restaurant in Falls Church. Following our pizza and soft drinks, each athlete was recognized and presented with a framed team picture. Team family members cheered their athletes.
Swimming Time Trials...(March 26th)

Area 26 Swimmers began their formal season with the annual time-trial event at Claude Moore Recreation Center. Over 140 athletes from the Potomac Region participated to begin the qualification for competition in the pool.

A work celebration...

Athlete Ben Fowler was recognized for his first work anniversary at The Fresh Market. Manager David Treherne took a moment to honor the occasion. Thanks are due for supporting a diverse workforce and inclusion!!
Area 26 extension squad...

Council member and Coach Patrick DeLap now spends much of his time in Florida, where he coaches a local team, the Plant City Raiders. We consider them an extension of our Area 26 family, so here they are...
Athletes Corner
  • by Max Hershberger
Hello Area 26!!!!!
Hope you’re all doing well & Staying safe. Are you all enjoying March Madness? Best of luck on your Brackets. I put down Arizona winning all the Marbles (oops) !!

Just letting you all know the Cherry Blossoms are out at the National Mall. When you have a chance go out and enjoy it. Cherry Blossoms will be March 20th to April 17th.. Take some good photos and send it to us for the Next Article- thank you 

- I encourage you to keep on staying Hydrated during the day, exercising daily ,! eating good healthy meals and getting good hours of sleep 

As a Fit 5 member, I do the Youniquely Fit workout schedule on zooms at 6 pm on Tuesday Wednesday & Thursday whenever I can. if you are interested on doing it please contact Mike Frew.

Reminder- Best Buddies walk will be on April 30th at the National Mall. The walk is 5k (3.1 Miles) Go Register if you’re interested and hope to see you all there….

Fun fact- I recently joined some friends at the Globetrotter event at Eagle Bank Arena at Mason. So entertaining and enjoyed some fancy tricks.

Hopefully you’re enjoying your spring sports and working hard on them. I am sooo ready as well. I am doing Track & Field this season for the GMU Patriots….. My events are the 5000 & 3000 meter run… I love a long distance running.

Keep on training during the week on your own or with your teammates to Prepare for the sports events. For me I trained with David Kellett Forsyth this month & we went Fairfax High to run some laps. Athletes and Coaches keep up with your hard work. Team work makes the dream work going

For your Spring Sports, remember unvaccinated will not be able to participate in overnight or away events... Please get your shots and your booster if you can that way we can make the season safe and enjoyable. Let the games begin!!! 
Talk to you next month

Max Hershberger
Athlete Update
-by Billy Duquette
Hi Area 26...On March 26 at the University of Loyola in Baltimore, Maryland. My sister Michelle participated in a swimming tournament for the Paralympics. She competed in 200-meter freestyle, 500-meter freestyle, and a relay where she was pair up with two other blind swimmers that would produce as a world record for that tournament. She had good times in all of her races.

Next month, Max and I will be starting a column of athlete profiles to let more of Area 26 know what we are up to!

Talk to you then,
Virtual Activities...
Hi Athletes,

As always, details and schedule can be found on the online resources page on the Website.
Spring Sports Have Begun - Area 26 Participation Policy...
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All athletes, volunteers and coaches must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Additionally, SOVA Policy requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all athletes, volunteers and coaches participating in overnight or away events. This includes any local, regional, state or national invitational events. Proof of vaccination must be sent to SOVA and Area 26.

Athlete families, please verify with your coaches that your paperwork has been approved before arriving for practice or events. The coaching and volunteer staff cannot accept the forms in person and grant immediate access, as SOVA has the approval authorization.

NOTE: When you submit the athlete paperwork via the email address (and volunteer packages to the address) they go both to the Area AND to SOVA for processing.

-- See the article below for links to all forms --
Ongoing Reminder - Return to Activities Resources

  • Each athlete and Volunteer will have to complete a COVID Waiver Form. The link is now to an updated copy which adds vaccination status - (button #1). 

  • Athletes with an expired Medical Form will have to submit updates to all forms. The package now contains 8 pages - please complete and submit the full package (button #2).
Athletes, please email completed athlete forms AND front/back images of Vaccination Cards to: (this will deliver them to both the Area AND to SOVA - only the one email address is required)

See the button below for Volunteer Class A Certification Process on the Area 26 website. 

Volunteer Class A, and coach certifications must be updated every 3 years. Many certifications have expired, and many are due to expire. All volunteers are also required to have a COVID19 Waiver on file (button #1 above... ).
Volunteers, please email completed volunteer forms, certifications AND front/back images of Vaccination Cards to: (as with the athleteform email, this will deliver them to both the Area AND to SOVA - only the one email submission address is required)
Stay Healthy, Stay Active!!
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Area 26 Points of Contact
Area 26 Council

Elaine Tilton

Chuck Adkins-Blanch
Patrick DeLapp
Billy Duquette
Jeff Eskridge
Christine Fowler
Max Hershberger
Jay Hoffmeier
Veronica Jennings
Nancy Julia
Abby Lacy
Katherine Martin
Jeff McGiboney
Tejas Patel
Nancy Robbins
Bernie Woolfley
Area 26 Special Olympics |
Season Directors
Elaine Tilton, Fall/Winter

Nancy Julia, Spring/Summer

Barry Tilton

Volunteer Coordinator
Tejas Patel

Athlete Representative
Max Hershberger

Medical Coordinator
Christine Fowler

Senior Director, Potomac Region
Veronica Jennings
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