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- Boccia is an international paralympic sport.
- Open house with game demonstrations on Tuesday August 12, and Wednesday, August 13, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Come to watch, come to join!)
- Similar to Bocce, it was originally intended for players with cerebral palsy but is now open to a larger community of participants who have some neurological impairment and use a wheelchair.
- Competitors can use their hands, feet or head along with assistive devices to play the game.
- Boccia is currently used in therapy at Nemours but the new league will be open to the public.
- It was introduced at the New York 1984 Paralympic Games as a competitive sport and is now practiced in more than 50 countries.
- The game is played on a hard surface, and the goal is to throw game balls so that they land as close as possible to the “jack” — a special target ball.
- The Delaware league will be open to players of all abilities, ages 8 to 21, and will be a recurring weekly event by the Fall of 2014.
“This is a competitive sport for an underserved population. It is a chance to compete in a sport of their own, regardless of disability.”
— Brie Sheppard,