When it came time to donate the old uniforms, Tony Black from the College-wide Student Life and Athletics Office searched the Internet for possible programs.
“During my search, one program kept coming up and it was Special Olympics,” Black said. “I made the call to see if they even needed or wanted the uniforms, and they were excited to receive our old uniforms.”
NOVA Athletic Department was able to donate soccer, basketball and volleyball uniforms to the area Special Olympic athletes.
“The jerseys are a big help in keeping our athletes in uniforms that they are proud of and that are similar to what their brothers and sisters wear on school teams and youth leagues,” said Chairman of Area 26 Special Olympics Virginia Tom Ingoldsby. “Many thanks to you and the NOVA community for the donation of the jerseys.”
“When they came to pick up the uniforms they were excited to see so many bags,” Black said. “Special Olympics is such a great program and I’m glad the athletes can use the uniforms.”
“As a council member, it makes it easier to provide nice uniforms without having to raise as much money to purchase them,” said Nancy Julia, Northern Virginia area coordinator for Special Olympics Virginia. “This is big for an all-volunteer group. And these uniforms are a much higher quality than we usually buy as the top brands are cost prohibitive for us.”
Julia also said the volleyball team has picked Nighthawks as their team name.
Special Olympics Virginia, Northern Virginia serves all of the communities of Arlington County, City of Alexandria and Fairfax County. Special Olympics Virginia, Northern Virginia is known as Area 26 and is accredited by Special Olympics Virginia.