2011-09-22 / Sports

Special Olympics Holds Bocce Tournament

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Luther Murray, a student at the Southern Fulton School studies the court before releasing his ball at the recent Special Olympics Celebrity Bocce Ball Tournament in McConnellsburg. Luther Murray, a student at the Southern Fulton School studies the court before releasing his ball at the recent Special Olympics Celebrity Bocce Ball Tournament in McConnellsburg. Special Olympics Pennsylvania held its first Bocce Ball tournament at Mc- Connellsburg Lions Club Thursday evening, August 11. The tournament was quite successful with more than 60 in attendance. There were many local “celebrities” who came out to join in the fun.

Bocce ball will be played competitively in all three county schools and at least one community location. Anyone interested in coaching this sport, or volunteering, contact local manager, Mindi Graham at 717-485- 4054

Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities; a cognitive delay, or a development disability, that is, functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills.

These athletes, who may or may not have a physical disability, represent programs from more than 175 countries from all the major continents.

Special Olympics operates on funds raised at the international, national, state and local levels from corporations, individuals, special events and grants.

Special Olympics is sports, competition and socialization, meaning that the benefits include not only fitness coordination and cardiovascular improvements but also confidence, discipline, self-esteem and fun.

From the start, Special Olympics has made training the priority and has established strict guidelines to ensure that every athlete receives quality training before competing. To improve the quality of training, Special Olympics instituted a program of coaches training curriculum and certification in 1981.

Every athlete who competes in Special Olympics events will compete against athletes of similar ability, since athletes are placed in competition divisions according to previous times or scores, age and, where appropriate, gender.

Special Olympics serves the needs of athletes of all ability levels, including those with more severe mental retardation or closely related disabilities in addition to mental retardation and highfunctioning athletes who may be able to move into mainstream sports or participate in Unified Sports.®

Special Olympics has or- ganizations in place from the local level right up to the international level. Every state (chapter) and National Special Olympics program has its own staff, its own board of directors and its own network of area, provincial and local programs.

Special Olympics Inc. is officially recognized and endorsed by the International Olympic Committee and is the first organization other than a National Olympic Committee to be recognized.

Special Olympics is endorsed and supported by the National Governing Bodies of the sports that it offers, and competitions are conducted according to the rules of those bodies, with appropriate adaptations. These rules are in the Official Special Olympics Summer and Winter Rules books.

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