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.


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

August 19, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Israel

In Israel, Mothers Made Time for Children with Intellectual Disabilities After Leaving Air Raid Shelters

By Robi Dolev

Special Olympics Israel mothers and 120 families that have children with special needs living in the Gaza Strip war zone came to a summer vacation in the north of the country.View Story Special Olympics Israel mothers and 120 families that have children with special needs living in the Gaza Strip war zone came to a summer vacation in the north of the country. We offered to make art workshops. When I asked the Special Olympics families who was willing to volunteer, the response was overwhelming. We included Miki, the bocce coach, who requested to join us to play bocce. We eight mothers set off on Wednesday with the bocce coach. We operated through stations, and many people came to join in the activities. The families spent hours with us, crafting, laughing and simply enjoying. We saw mutual assistance between siblings: What love did they pile upon their special brother/sisters. Eight-year-old Noya fell in love with 3-year-old Meir, a remarkable child with Down syndrome. “Can I take him home as a gift?” she asked his mother. Meir’s mother responded with “Such a gift from heaven comes, but once in a lifetime, and I am not letting him go!” It was an unforgettable experience for all.

About Robi Dolev:My name is Tali, I am the family coordinator in Israel, i encourage each time the family members to share stories.
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August 01, 2014 | North America: Southern California

Determination Leads Lindsey to a Better Life

By Selena Devore

As an athlete with Down syndrome, Lindsey Newman knows she has limitations, but she accepts them and doesn't let them stop her from being the best that she can be.View Story As an athlete with Down syndrome, Lindsey Newman knows she has limitations, but she accepts them and doesn't let them stop her from being the best that she can be. Lindsey has worked as a courtesy clerk at Vons since 2007. Working at Vons has assisted her in developing better communication skills, learning how to think analytically, and becoming self-reliant. "I love working at Vons and like to see my friends," said Lindsey. "Everybody there is always very nice and supportive." When she is not working at Vons, Lindsey can be found competing in sports and dancing. Lindsey has been a Special Olympics athlete since 1998 and competes in basketball, tennis and bocce. Most recently, she proudly represented Southern California at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey. "Lindsey works, goes to school, and does all the things we do," said Don Newman, Lindsey's father. "We all have gifts. We all have talents. We all develop in different ways. Lindsey makes the most with what she has."

About Selena Devore:Communications & Social Media Specialist for Special Olympics Southern California
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June 25, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Special Olympics Southern California 2014 Summer Invitational Games

By Paola Martinelli

Los Juegos de verano de Special Olympics Sur de California 2014, se llevaron a cabo del 5 al 9 de Junio, en la Universidad del Sur de California.View Story The Special Olympics Southern California 2014, Summer Games took place from 5 to 9 June at the University of Southern California. With the participation of 1,200 athletes from 28 SO Southern California local programs and 150 athletes from 12 international programs including the following countries: SO Taipei China, Costa Rica SO, SO Egypt, Britain SO, SO Indonesia, Iraq SO, SO Macau, Mexico SO, SW Japan, SW Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates SO, SO Hong Kong. They participated in 6 Sports: Swimming, Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Gymnastics and Special Golf. Special Olympics Baja Mexico California represented our country in two sports, Athletics and Swimming, with a delegation of 23 athletes, 2 coaches, 2 assistant coaches, 2 auxiliaries 1 delegate and 1 assistant delegate. They return to Mexico with 11 Gold, 18 Silver, and 4 Bronze medals.

About Paola Martinelli:National Director of Communications and Marketing. 
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Bocce Events




Sep 16 - 17 2014

Recreational Unified Bocce

Join us on 16-17 September 2014 at Rattu in Ranchi, Jharkhand for two days of recreational Unified Bocce as athletes and Unified partners from the area compete on the court to promote social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. ESPN is the global presenting sponsor of Unified Sports.
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Ranchi, Jharkhand

September 25, 2014

Unified Team Bocce and Basketball Competition

Join us on 25 September 2014 at Gachibowli Stadium/Meridian School in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh for a day of Unified Team Competition in Bocce and Basketball as athletes and Unified partners from the area compete on the court to promote social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. ESPN is the global presenting sponsor of Unified Sports.
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Gachibowli Stadium/Meridian School
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

September 27, 2014

Special Olympics Idaho Area 3-4 Fall Invitational

Join us on September 27th for the Area 3-4 Fall Invitational. Sports will include: Unified, soccer, bocce, golf, and softball. Softball and bocce will be hosted at Ann Morrison Park, soccer will be hosted at Nampa Job Corp and golf at Ridgecrest golf course.
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Jenifer Gardner
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Area 3-4 Fall Invitational
Various Venues

Nampa, Boise , Idaho

Oct 10 - 11 2014

South Carolina Fall Games

Join us from October 10-11 at Pavilion Recreation Complex in Taylors, South Carolina as athletes from all over the state will be competing in Under 21 bocce, masters bowling, disc golf, flag football, volleyball, tennis, golf and soccer. Hope to see you there.
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Kelly Garrick
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Pavilion Recreation Complex
400 Scottswood Road

Taylors, South Carolina

Oct 10 - 12 2014

Special Olympics Bangladesh National Games

Special Olympics Bangladesh’s National Games will welcome an estimated 800 athletes and 100 Unified Sports® partners across Bangladesh. Ten sports will be played: athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, cricket, football, handball, swimming, table tennis and volleyball. The three day event will be held across different venues: Bangabandhu National Stadium, Army Stadium, National Indoor Stadium & Swimming pool and the Bangladesh Sports Education Institute (BKSP).
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Faruqul Islam
Phone:+880 1819 259844
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Bangabandhu National Stadium & other venuesDhaka

October 20, 2014

Special Olympics National Games 2014 Melbourne

The 10th Special Olympics Australia National Games will involve more than 1,200 athletes of all levels competing in 16 Olympic and demonstration sports and events. These Games offer the opportunity for athletes to be selected to represent Australia at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2015. For the majority of competitors, the National Games in Melbourne represents the culmination of four years of competing at local, regional and state level. Competing in the same world-class venues as their Olympic heroes, our Special Olympics athletes will perform in front of their proud parents, friends, supporters and the wider community. Athletes of all abilities will compete in 16 Olympic style sports including AFL and netball as demonstration sports across iconic sporting venues in Melbourne. Other special events include: Healthy Athletes Program, Young Athlete Program (2–7 year old), Athlete Leadership & Ambassador Program, Family Functions Social Outing, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Opening and Closing Ceremonies
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Robyn Cooper
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Lakeside Stadium & various venuesMelbourne

October 30, 2014

Bocce & Unified Bocce Competition

Special Olympics Texas will be hosting an Area Bocce Competition on Thursday, October 30, 2014. This event will start with the Opening Ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. followed by Competition. Entries are due to the area office by Friday, September 12, 2014 by no later than 5:00 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering for this event or other Special Olympics Texas Area events, please refer to contact information below.
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Maribel Santoya-Maciel
Phone:(956) 712-2144
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Laredo, Texas

Nov 8 - 9 2014

Virginia State Fall Championships

Fall Championships is one of Special Olympics Virginia's state level competitions, held at the end of the fall season in Virginia Beach. Approximately 1,000 Special Olympics athletes from across Virginia are selected to go for the gold in bowling, bocce, golf, volleyball, roller skating, and soccer competitions. Fall Championships also features a Saturday evening Opening Ceremony, where we light the Flame of Hope to "open" the Championships, followed by a Victory Dance - a favorite of both our athletes and volunteers!
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Gray Miller
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Various Virginia Beach Venues
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Jun 5 - 7 2015

2015 Maryland Summer Games

Join us 5-7 June 2015 at Towson University in Towson, Maryland as our athletes compete in 3 days of exciting summer sports competition. Events will include: Aquatics – traditional individual events and team relays, Unified team relays; Athletics – traditional and Unified track, mini-javelin, high jump, long jump, pentathlon, softball throw, shot put, standing long jump, tennis ball throw; Bocce – singles, doubles, Unified doubles; Cheerleading – traditional and Unified team competition; Softball – traditional team competition, Unified team competition, individual skills competition. For schedule details please refer to the link, below.
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Mike Czarnowsky
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Towson University
8000 York Ave

Towson, Maryland

Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California

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2014 European Summer Games

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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Special Olympics sports training, coaching and competitions go on in more than 170 countries around the world. You can get involved by getting in touch with the closest Special Olympics office.

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