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Bocce

This page draws together bocce-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics bocce.  View the Bocce Fact Sheet

Bocce is an Italian game. The basic principle of the sport is to roll a bocce ball closest to the target ball, which is called a palina. Bocce as a Special Olympics sport provides people with special needs the opportunity to have social contact, develop physically and to gain self-confidence. Next to soccer and golf, bocce is the third most participated sport in the world.


Bocce Stories and News


May 01, 2015 | Latin America: Mexico

Bocce Camp

By Paola Martinelli

The Bocce Camp was part of the preparation of the team for the World Summer Games in Los Angeles.View Story Puebla and Merida in Mexico had a Bocce Camp as part of the preparation of the team for the World Summer Games in Los Angeles. This was to help make the team better known and to improve some techniques and mistakes of the athletes. During the camp, talks were given by gymnasts and the psychologists of the Sports Institute of the State of Yucatan.

About Paola Martinelli:National Director of Communications and Marketing
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December 18, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Latvia

President of Latvia honours Special Olympics Athletes

By Galina Kanejeva

The Latvian Special Olympics delegation who represented their country in the 2014 European Games in Antwerp, Belgium last September were invited to meet the President of the Republic of Latvia Mr Andris Berzins. He congratulated each and everyone on their achievements.View Story The Latvian Special Olympics delegation who represented their country in the 2014 European Games in Antwerp, Belgium last September were invited to meet the President of the Republic of Latvia Mr Andris Berzins. He congratulated each and everyone on their achievements. In his speech President Berzins emphasized the role of sport in building confidence, strength and courage in life and work. The President was curious about sport "Bocce" as he has little knowledge about it. Bocce Silver medalists Janis Vitols and Janis Sneiders explained the rules of the game. In conclusion the President pointed out that the accuracy, analytic approach and strategic thinking developed in the game are skills that can also be useful in studies and in adult life. He also committed to attend Special Olympics Latvia national games in the next future. Latvia participated in five sports: football, athletics, table tennis, swimming and bocce.

About Galina Kanejeva:I am National Director for Special Olympics Latvia.
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December 17, 2014 | Middle East North Africa: Egypt

Champion Mariam Naeem

By sanaa monir

On the medal stand

Mariam Naeem is 15 years old. She does aquatics and equestrian as well as bocce. She also works as a TV hostess for a program about intellectual disabilities and also does volunteer work.View Story Mariam Naeem is 15 years old. She does aquatics and equestrian as well as bocce. She also works as a TV hostess for a program about intellectual disabilities and also does volunteer work.

About sanaa monir:I am Mariam Naeem's mother, Sanaa.
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Bocce Events


Date

Event

Location

Sep 11 - 12 2015

Upper Peninsula Regional Bocce & Golf Tournament

Come and cheer on our athletes as the demonstrate their grit and determination in bocce and golf competition. This event will be held on September 11th at Boulder Creek Golf Course in Bessemer, Michigan. Dinner, opening ceremonies and the dance on Friday with competition on Saturday. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
For more information
Barb Siira
Email:[email protected]
Phone:906-229-5168
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Boulder Creek Golf Course
N11868 Heron Lane

Bessemer, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 12 - 13 2015

State Soccer and Bocce Competition

Join us September 12-13 in Grand Forks, North Dakota as our athletes compete and show their skill in soccer and bocce competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
For more information
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Special Olympics North Dakota
Phone:701-746-0331
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Grand Forks, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

September 13, 2015

State Soccer and Bocce Competition

Join us September 13th in Olathe, Kansas as our athletes compete and show their skill in soccer and bocce competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Kansas
Phone:913-236-9290
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Olathe, Kansas
UNITED STATES

September 19, 2015

Bocce/Softball Competition + EKS Celebration

The Special Olympics Texas: Greater Dallas Area Bocce & Softball Competition is an area-wide competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities. This event is hosted by the City of Farmer’s Branch. EKS Day celebrates the life of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and is a global call for people to commit actions of inclusion, acceptance and unity for and with people with intellectual disabilities. Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s actions helped open the minds and hearts of all people to the gifts and talents of individuals with intellectual disabilities. As the founder of Special Olympics, she demonstrated that one person could make a difference and change the world… and she certainly did just that.
For more information
Alex Hubbard
Email:[email protected]
Phone:214-943-9981
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Oran Good Park
13401 Tom Field Road

Farmers Branch, Texas
UNITED STATES

Sep 24 - 26 2015

Area Bocce Competition + EKS Day Celebration

Special Olympics Texas – Area 14 is holding their Bocce Competition on September 24, 2015 (Thursday), September 25, 2015 (Friday) and September 26, 2015 (Saturday) at the location listed below. This event will begin with Opening Ceremonies at 9 a.m., followed by competition. During the competition, we will also honor the memory of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
For more information
Luann Chastain
Email:[email protected]
Phone:325-677-3200
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Centennial Park
2501 Maple St.

Abilene, Texas
UNITED STATES

Sep 25 - 27 2015

Missouri State Outdoor Games

The 2015 State Outdoor Games will be held in Fort Jefferson City, Missouri from March 27-29. Competition will begin at 8 a.m. on September 25th and go until 5 p.m. on March 27th. Athletes will be in competing in bocce, flag football, golf, softball, and tennis. Come and cheer on our athletes as they show off their determination and skill.
For more information
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Susan Shaffer
Email:[email protected]
Phone:573-635-1660
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Jefferson City, Missouri
UNITED STATES

September 26, 2015

Area Bocce Competition + EKS Day Celebration

The Heart of East Texas Area Bocce Competition on September 26, 2015 is for all athletes in the Heart of East Texas area participating in Bocce. During the competition, we will also honor the memory of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
For more information
Norm Arias
Email:[email protected]
Phone:512-491-2935
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Veterans Park and Athletic Complex
3101 Harvey Rd

College Station , Texas
UNITED STATES

Sep 26 - 26 2015

Education and Fun Day

Join us September 26th at Independence Park in Kingston 6, Jamaica as we celebrate EKS Day with day of Unified Sports, bocce, football and basketball. For more details please use the contact information below.
For more information
Lorna Bell
Email:[email protected]
Phone:876-906-0752
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Independence ParkKingston 6
JAMAICA

September 26, 2015

Bocce Competition + EKS Day Celebration

The Gulf Coast Area Bocce competition will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Dulles High School Football Fields in Sugarland. During the competition, we will also honor the memory of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
For more information
Pam Hollaway
Email:[email protected]
Phone:281-218-6024
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Dulles High School Football Fields
550 Dulles Ave.

Sugar Land, Texas
UNITED STATES

Sep 27 - 28 2015

Bocce Competition + EKS Day Celebration

Special Olympics Texas – San Antonio Area will hold their Bocce Competition on September 27 and September 28, 2014 at the location listed below. This event will begin with Opening Ceremonies at 10:30 a.m., followed by competition. EKS Day celebrates the life of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and is a global call for people to commit actions of inclusion, acceptance and unity for and with people with intellectual disabilities. Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s actions helped open the minds and hearts of all people to the gifts and talents of individuals with intellectual disabilities. As the founder of Special Olympics, she demonstrated that one person could make a difference and change the world… and she certainly did just that.
For more information
Shawn Britt
Email:[email protected]
Phone:210-530-9898
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Burbank High School
1002 Edwards

San Antonio, Texas
UNITED STATES

September 27, 2015

Kansas State Soccer & Bocce Tournament

Join us on September 27th at Lone Elm Park in Olathe, Kansas as our athletes compete in 5-a-side soccer, bocce singles, bocce doubles and bocce team. Cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. We hope to see you there! For more details please refer to the link and contact information below.
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Tim Rehder
Email:[email protected]
Phone:913-236-9290
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Lone Elm Park
21151 W 167th St

Olathe, Kansas
UNITED STATES

Oct 8 - 10 2015

2015 Fall Classic

Come and cheer on our athletes during our Fall Classic Games as they demonstrate their courage and determination for 2 days of aquatics, bocce, golf and softball competition. This event will be held October 8-10 at various locations throughout Bryan-College Station, Texas. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
For more information
Sidny Harker
Email:[email protected]
Phone:512-835-9873
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Various Locations
Bryan-College Station, Texas
UNITED STATES

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2014 European Summer Games

The Special Olympics European Summer Games featured 10 sports and 58 delegations, making the 2014 Games one of the largest ever. See stories and results


2014 Canada Summer Games

The Special Olympics 2014 Canada Summer Games was the largest Canadian Games ever. See results and teams.


2014 Southern California Summer Invitational Games

Special Olympics athletes from Southern California and from around the world competed in Los Angeles. See results and teams.


2013 Asia Pacific Games

Athletes from 30 Asia Pacific and East Asia regions compete in the inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games. Get schedules and results.


2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


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