Season: March - May
Traditional event categories only (no skills events)
Unified Partner Events?: Yes
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Bocce is a game that originated in Italy. Bocce is often played on a court with short walls and a firm or packed surface, but can be played on any level, reasonably uniform surface such as grass. The basic principle of the sport is to roll a bocce ball closest to the target ball, which is called a pallina. Bocce ball has grown in popularity over the last few years. It can be a very competitive game with skilled athletes. But it also is a lot of fun.
Bocce as a Special Olympics sport provides people with special needs the opportunity to have social contact, develop physically and to gain self-confidence. In Special Olympics, Bocce is played on grass athletic fields in a rectangular court made of strips of vinyl. The matches are played between two teams with two competitors on each team. In the traditional version, each team consists of 2 athletes while in Unified bocce, each team consist of one athlete and one unified partner.
Rio Rancho Rockets
Special Olympics, Rio Rancho, NM
Special Olympics Rio Rancho is a delegation of Special Olympics New Mexico. We are a non-profit organization that provides athletic training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Our athletes enjoy camaraderie and gain a sense of pride and accomplishment through participating in our events.
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