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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.
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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.
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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

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.
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Susan Shaffer
Email:[email protected]
Phone:573-635-1660
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Jefferson City, Missouri
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

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Bocce Competitions

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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