The Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia this fall will sponsor the first football league for individuals with special needs in the Northern Virginia area.
"We are proud to bring this opportunity to individuals with special needs in Northern Virginia," said Brian Ray, president of DSANV. "This league is about the entire football experience--the excitement of the sport, the unity of a team, the support of the fans, and the reward of players pushing themselves to achieve. But most importantly, it's about transforming disabilities into abilities and achievements."
DSANV created this league to give young people with a physical or intellectual disability the opportunity to participate in the popular American pastime. The friendly games will be played in a non-contact, modified flag football style in order to encourage team work and inclusivity.
The league will kick-off its inaugural season with its first game on Saturday, Sept. 10, and will run until Saturday, Nov. 12. Games will be played at noon on Saturdays at Freedom High School in South Riding.
There is no registration fee and participation is open to the public. Upon registration, each player will receive a team jersey.
Midway through the season, DSANV plans its 7th annual Buddy Walk fundraiser, which will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 fat Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville. The proceeds raised from this event allow DSANV to continue offering programs that promote understanding and acceptance of people with Down syndrome. To register for this year's Buddy Walk, please visit buddywalk.kintera.org/.
For additional information about the league or to register for participation, please contact Maureen Buckley at (703) 621-7129 or firstname.lastname@example.org.