Virginia Victory Games
The Virginia Victory Games is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The annual sporting event is organized by a group of local Richmond volunteers who rely solely on contributions from businesses, organizations, and individuals to fund the Games and continue the tradition of offering eligible participants the opportunity to compete at no cost to them. Each year it costs thousands of dollars to put on the Games which includes the costs of liability insurance, the venue and t-shirts for the participants and buddies, awards, etc. If you would like to help support these athletes, there are several ways to donate.
Thank you for your generosity in helping to keep the Virginia Victory Games an annual Richmond tradition!
We are driven to provide a free, fun and competitive sporting event for children with physical, visual and/or hearing impairments throughout the state of Virginia.
Our goal is to enhance the self-esteem of each competitor and build friendships that will last a lifetime.
The Virginia Victory Games, formerly known as The Rainbow Olympic Games, was first organized in 1981 in Richmond, Virginia by a group of physical and recreational therapists. The idea was to give young people with disabilities the challenge of athletic competition similar to their non-disabled peers. The Games were an immediate hit and have been a success each year since. In 1992, The Rainbow Games (as it was called then) became a non-profit organization, relying on contributions from businesses, organizations, and individuals to fund the Games and continue the tradition of offering eligible participants the opportunity to compete at no cost to them.
Contact US if you would like to compete in the Alumni Bracket for 2017 games
Bobbie Needham -- Entertainment Coordinator
The Virginia Victory Games are open to all children, teens and young adults in Virginia meeting the eligibility criteria. In the past we have had as many as 100 participants, but we know that there are many more who could benefit from this opportunity. Our goal is to recruit more eligible participants from around the state, and encourage young people with disabilities to remain as active as possible. We hope to continue to make the Virginia Victory Games a fun experience, building positive self-esteem and friendships to last for a lifetime!
The Virginia Victory Games is a one-day sporting event held annually in Richmond, Virginia for children and adolescents (ages 6-21) with medically diagnosed physical, visual and/or hearing disabilities. These individuals are not eligible to participate in the Special Olympics because they do not have any mental impairments. In order to ensure fair competition, all competitors are classified based on their level of disability. The annual Games are held at St. Christopher's School and involved the following track and field events: softball throw, bowling, wheelchair slalom, 60M race, 200M race, and 800M race. Awards were given out at the end of the day based on the participant's performance within their age group and classification.