Ms Howlett said the tournament’s Unified Sports approach sees athletes with and without intellectual disabilities playing together on the same teams.
She said the unified bocce scene was steadily growing in Minnesota and annual events like the one-day Minnesota Unified Bocce State Tournament were a great way to introduce the sport to new players and raise its profile.
Packaworld’s portable bocce courts have recently been used at national and state games in Europe, USA and Oceania and are setting the quality standard across the rest of the world.
Packaworld Chief Executive Peter Roberts said the courts were ideal for community and school-based program because of their portability. Bocce was a perfect fit for unified sport because of its accessibility to people of all ages.
“Minnesota is really flying the flag for inclusive sports for students. The tournament clearly demonstrates the huge scope and potential of Unified Sports where players of all abilities can team up to enjoy the thrill of competition, build friendships, and learn from each other.”
According to Special Olympics, there are more than 1.6 million Unified Sports players competing in more than 30 sports around the world.
Bocce is a close relative of bowls, with its roots in games played back in Roman times. It is rapidly rising in popularity and has the fourth highest participation of all sports played in Special Olympics program globally.
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