Bocce originated in Italy and is similar to bowling. It has become increasingly popular among Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) athletes.
SONC offers singles, doubles, Unified Sports doubles, team, and Unified Sports team competition. Depending on the event, players take a turn rolling a bocce ball toward the smallest ball (pallina), which has already been thrown onto the field. The players are given points for the balls thrown closest to the pallina.
State level bocce competition has become part of the SONC Fall Tournament hosted in Charlotte, North Carolina during the first weekend in November each year.
Athletes and partners also have the opportunity and are encouraged to participate in various local invitationals. Check the bocce sport calendar for upcoming invitationals being hosted by local programs.
Sport Development Team
These volunteers advise SONC staff regarding sport rule modifications, officiate at competition, and also train coaches in their sport! For more information on the bocce sport development team, contact one of the members below or Lauren Saulter, SONC staff liaison.
Cedar Point, NC