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.
Special Olympics is dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.
In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability. That makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away.
Starting in 2016-17, Mt. Lebanon School District is proud to announce the formation of a Special Olympics Unified Bocce Team. Our Bocce team will compete in three matches - at home against Avonworth on January 30th, at Moon on February 21st, and finally in the Allegheny County Interscholastic Unified Indoor Bocce Championships at Baldwin High School on March 7th - six schools from Allegheny County will be present for a chance to compete and advance to the championship tournament held in Hershey, PA.
For more information on Unified Sports, visit www.playunified.org.