Bocce originated in Italy and is also known as “Boules”, which is similar to bowling. It has become increasingly popular among Special Olympics North Carolina. 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.
Did you know?
- Bocce became a Special Olympics North Carolina official sport in 1991 at Summer Games in Greenville.
- 1992 marked the first year Bocce moved from Summer Games to Fall Tournament.
- In 1992, bocce had the largest increase in participation of any sport – from 40 athletes in nine local programs in 1991 to 108 athletes in eighteen local programs in 1992.
- Dare County hosted the first Bocce Training Camp in Manteo in September 1991 with 25 coaches from six local programs participating.