This past fall, the Special Olympics Pennsylvania approached the Central High School about forming a Unified Bocce team. Together students with and without intellectual disabilities learned how to play this unique sport.

Bocce is an Italian sport where you roll heavy balls towards a target. Unified bocce is typically a winter sport program that brings students together to encourage social interaction, team work and physical activity.

Twice a week, these students practiced together to gear up for upcoming matches.

This team is already receiving so much positive support from staff and students. Stacy Kuster, the athletic director, stated after attending a match, “It was like no other sporting event I have attended. Everyone in the gym had a smile on their face.”

The Blair County Unified Bocce Championship took place on February 25th where Central High’s team took first place. Pictured below: 1st row (left to right) – Aaron Hoover, Brandon White 2nd row (left to right) – Coach Jody Seiler, Ben Kurtz, Abram Mellott, Morgan Kennedy, Tyler Thompson, Riley Layton, Zach Kopco, and Coach Shelly Claycomb.