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Growing support for bocce and unified sports
Roberts said bocce was undergoing a “renaissance” in New York, due to its social nature and the support of high profile funding partners.
Late last week worldwide hospitality giant Delaware North partnered with Special Olympics New York to grow Unified Sports in Western New York schools, committing $100,000 over four years to support the participation of students in inclusive sports like bocce. The funding aims to help grow unified sports competitions, which see athletes with and without intellectual disabilities playing alongside each other in the same teams.
Earlier this year New York City Public Schools joined forces with Special Olympics New York to co-fund a $350,000 initiative to bring unified sports to students at more schools in the city. Bocce’s accessibility to people of all ages and abilities has made it a poster child for inclusive sport and a star performer in the unified sports programme, with Vance Toure, Special Olympics New York Director of Program for Unified Sports UCS and Community Engagement, saying the sport was “catching like wildfire”.
Roberts said Packaworld’s inflatable Packabocce courts made it easy for competition organisers to bring the game to “just about any flat surface they might choose to play on”.
Unlike conventional rigid courts, Packabocce courts can be transported easily, set up and packed away quickly, and are also wheelchair accessible due to an entry gate, allowing them to welcome all athletes.
The high-quality courts are fast becoming a mainstay of Special Olympics community bocce programs and major competitions, including the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin earlier this year.
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