Bocce Tournament Brings Spirit of Competition

St. Albans, Vermont -

120 bocce teams packed the Collins-Perley Sports Complex in Saint Albans Thursday.


They were there for the fifth annual Special Olympics Vermont Unified Champion Schools State bocce tournament.


Students from 25 elementary, middle and high schools across the state participated.


It’s considered one of the largest Special Olympics events of the year.


Organizers say this tournament is about more than a competition.

"It's just a great event.” Said Lisa DeNatale, President, and CEO of Special Olympics Vermont. “I think for one thing it's much more casual than some of our other events, so there's more downtime and more opportunity for people to talk and get to know each other, socialize a little bit, but of course they are all still very competitive and they all want to win."


Their fifth year at Collins-Perley will be their last. Next year, the tournament is moving to UVM.


There were many winning teams from different divisions. Congratulations to all the participants! 

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