March madness is starting early this year as nearly 800 Special Olympics Virginia athletes shoot for gold at the annual Special Olympics Virginia Basketball Championships: a fun, family-friendly way to score points for respect and spread unity.
Special Olympics Virginia’s Basketball Championships take place Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various middle and high schools in Stafford County, including Colonial Forge High School (550 Courthouse Road), Dixon Smith Middle School (503 Deacon Road), H.H. Poole Middle School (800 Eustace Road), Stafford Middle School (101 Spartan Lane), Rodney Thompson Middle School (75 Walpole Street), A.G. Wright Middle School (100 Wood Drive), Brooke Point High School (1700 Courthouse Road), Mountain View High School (2135 Mountain View Road), and Gayle Middle School (100 Panther Drive). Competitions will take place all day and include full court games, half court games, individual skill drills and unified games, where players with and without disabilities play on the same team. Additionally, 12 of the teams competing will be local to the area.
Volunteers are needed to fill the stands with fans. Sign up today at volunteer2cheer.com. Check in will be at the “Volunteer to Cheer” table at each gym entrance. Fans are welcome to stay for as little or as long as they like.
Basketball Championships, presented by GEICO with additional support from Walmart, is one of many events offered year round by Special Olympics Virginia. In addition to Saturday’s action, GEICO also helps organize and stars in Friday’s All-Star Friday Night Opening Ceremony at Colonial Forge. The ceremony begins at 7:45 p.m. and features a unified basketball game, half-time activities and the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron.