PLAYED EVERY SATURDAY 10:30-11:30 / TUESDAY 10-Noon
Boccia – can be pronounced as botch-ya or botch-ee and also spelled as bocce – is a game throwing a ball towards a target, first played by the ancient Egyptians with polished rocks.
Boccia can be played indoors or outdoors on a hard, flat surface in either individual or team play, socially or competitively, up to the Paralympic level. With assistive devices, boccia can be played by anyone, no matter their ability.
Boccia was practiced for many years as a leisure activity until it was introduced at the New York 1984 Paralympic Games as a competitive sport.
In Paralympic competition, it was originally presented as a sport for athletes with cerebral palsy (CP) but is now open to male and female athletes with severe locomotor disabilities of a cerebral or non-cerebral origin, including individuals with CP, stroke, traumatic brain injury, high-level spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and arthrogryposis.
Description courtesy of Disabled Sports USA