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Special Olympics hosts bocce tournament in Marlborough

By Dakota Antelman, Contributing Writer

A competitor throws a bocce ball.
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Marlborough – Teams of area Special Olympics gathered at ForeKicks sports complex in Marlborough July 21 for a high stakes qualifying tournament for the bocce tournament of champions later this year.

Sprawling across roughly a third of the ForeKicks facility for much of the day, the event attracted teams from across the region. For Special Olympics organizers, who run a variety of events throughout the year for people with special needs, the sport of bocce and events like the one in Marlborough, are a perfect fit.

“It’s a great game for abilities of all levels,” said organizer Vicky Dinatale. “It’s a low impact game which, especially for our older athletes, is good because it’s something they can do. It’s just a great game to get people out and moving.”

A competitor throws a bocce ball.
Photos/Dakota Antelman

Special Olympics of Massachusetts has held this qualifying event at ForeKicks for years, Dinatale said. This year, like those others, its top teams are excited to move on to the Tournament of Champions in August of this year.

For more information about Special Olympics Massachusetts, visit www.specialolympicsma.org.

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