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Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital Starts Boccia League

Open house August 12 and 13 from 6-8 p.m.

Friday, Aug 22, 2014

Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

The Center for Sports Medicine at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is starting a Delaware centered Boccia league for paralympic competition. The league will be located at the Center for Sports Medicine on the ground floor of Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.

Key Facts
  • 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,
physical therapist

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About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.