FREDERICKSBURG, Va., March 17, 2011 – More than 700 Special Olympics athletes from across Virginia will kickoff March Madness by competing in state-level full-court, half-court and basketball skills competitions at various Stafford County middle and high schools.
The GEICO All-Star Friday Night Opening Ceremony will be held on March 18, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mountain View High School. The Opening Ceremony will feature a Pep Rally, the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron and a basketball game between GEICO’s Fredericksburg Associates and the Special Olympics of Virginia staff and volunteers. On Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Special Olympics championships will begin at various schools throughout Stafford County. For a full schedule, visit www.volunteer2cheer.com.
“GEICO is proud to be a statewide partner of Special Olympics,” said John Izzo, GEICO regional manager. “With more than 10,000 athletes in the Special Olympics program, this is a great opportunity for the athletes to compete, showcase their abilities and share in the camaraderie of fellow athletes.”
“In Special Olympics, it’s truly not as special without fans, and no one is a bigger fan than our friends at GEICO,” said Rick Jeffrey, Special Olympics Virginia president. “Cheering fans in the stands plus partners like GEICO make the Special Olympics Virginia Basketball Championships one of the best competitions for our athletes.”
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 18 at Mountain View High School and featuring a GEICO vs. Special Olympics’ staff basketball challenge, athlete and coach shootouts and the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron. Skills, half court and full court action run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at eight Stafford middle and high schools. Presented by GEICO, Basketball Championships is one of Special Olympics Virginia's seven state-level competitions.
For more information on Basketball Championships, please contact Holly Claytor at email@example.com or 804-726-3025. To “Volunteer to Cheer,” visit www.volunteer2cheer.com, sign up today!
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