RVA Sports Teams Are a Triple Threat at Solar Plunge

Saturday June 9, Special Olympics Virginia is holding its first-ever Solar Plunge and your favorite Richmond professional sports teams will be taking a swing (or kick or throw) at fundraising to benefit the program. The Richmond Kickers, Richmond RoughRiders and Richmond Flying Squirrels have each created their own fundraising teams and are competing to see who can raise the most money by June 9. And you can help them!

Fans of each team and of Special Olympics Virginia athletes are encouraged to join their favorite team in their fundraising efforts. Prizes for fans that raise the most money for their team may include in-game recognition, free tickets to games and autographed team merchandise. Nutzy & Nutasha, Kickeroo and Ritchie the Rider will be representing their respective teams at the event and will even be testing out the water first with inaugural dips into the Plunge pool!

“As an organization, one of our core values is to be impactful within the community, and we are honored to have created so many positive relationships and friendships with local nonprofits, including Special Olympics Virginia," said Flying Squirrels VP & COO, Todd “Parney” Parnell. "We are so happy to support all of the wonderful things Special Olympics does for this community and the state of Virginia, and we are really looking forward to the Summer Games right here in our hometown. And of course Nutzy & I are ready to once again take the Plunge!” 

Join Parney, Nutzy and the whole Flying Squirrels gang in their quest to hit fundraising out of the park by clicking here. To join Ritchie and RoughRiders on their mission to a perfect fundraising season, click here. Or, you can score your fundraising goal with the Kickers by clicking here.

For more information on each team and to view their 2018 season schedules, you can visit their websites at the following links: Kickers, RoughRiders and Flying Squirrels.

To join a team or create your own fundraising page at this year's Solar Plunge, visit