Find Out Why Volunteering and the Senior Games Go Hand in Hand

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RSVP-Northern Virginia and The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics are again partnering to offer Northern Virginia seniors an outstanding opportunity to make new friends and stay both mentally and physically active while inspiring others to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Carol is shown during one of her dives in the 2018 NVSO

RSVP volunteer and NVSO gold medal diver Carol Mackela is featured in a new Fairfax County Channel 16 video released today in which she discussed the benefits of both being a volunteer and a competitor in the games which run Sept. 14-28, 2019.  You can view the video here.

You can sign up as an NVSO participant by visiting All online registrations must be completed by Aug. 31. There will be no event day registration for any NVSO competition. 

To register as an NVSO volunteer, please visit  and click on the big green button. You can also register to volunteer with the NVSO by calling RSVP at 703-403-5360. All residents 16-years-old are encouraged to volunteer.

rsvp-photo-leadRSVP outreach and marketing specialist Rob Paine, also featured in the video, explains why RSVP and the NVSO are such a great match.

“Volunteering and being in the NVSO offer seniors a perfect opportunity to stay in shape while helping others,” Paine says. “Like RSVP, taking part in and volunteering with the NVSO is all about flexibility, having fun,  doing what you want to do and making a difference. “

To participate in the NVSO you must be at least 50 by Dec. 31, 2019. To join RSVP, you must currently be 55 or better.

RSVP’s next free info session will be held at JA Finance Park  in Fairfax, Aug 20. To register please call 703-403-5360.

The NVSO includes more than 60 events taking place at 25 venues spread across Northern Virginia, most taking place during hours when traffic is not a major factor, according to Paine.  Many of NVSO’s volunteers (including Mackela) are also competitors.

The NVSO which began in 1982 features games that exercise the mind as well as the body.

RSVP-Northern Virginia is a program of Volunteer Fairfax, Volunteer Alexandria and Volunteer Arlington.

RSVP would like to thank the talented team from Fairfax County Channel 16 for the great job on this video piece. To view more Fairfax County Videos, please click here.

RSVP also would like to express its appreciation to  Jane H. Anzilotti, volunteer manager at Oak Marr RECenter, a Fairfax County Park Authority park, and to the entire management of Oak Marr for making the RECenter available to us for the taping of this video. 

If you would like to be a volunteer at Oak Marr, please contact RSVP at 703-403-5360. Oak Marr Park is again the site for the NVSO miniature  golf tournament.


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