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CVU to Compete in Special Olympics VT Unified Champion Schools State Bocce Tournament

Posted by  Wednesday, 24 May 2017 02:37 PM

The Special Olympics Vermont Unified Champion Schools state bocce tournament will take place on Thursday, May 25 at the Collins Perley Sports Complex in St. Albans. Students from twenty-five elementary, middle, and high schools across the state will compete.

Unified Sports bring the power of the Special Olympics movement into schools. Using sports as the catalyst for change, students with and without intellectual disabilities compete together on the same teams, breaking down barriers, fostering tolerance, and building friendships. In bocce, Special Olympics athletes and partners (players without intellectual disabilities) play in teams of two or four.

“This will be our fifth year hosting the bocce tournament at Collins Perley,” says Justin Graham, Program Director for Special Olympics Vermont. “It’s a beautiful facility and our teams of volunteers from BFA St. Albans and the Elks Lodge help us put on a great event for 477 students.”

Tournament play is divided into morning and afternoon sessions. Teams will play a minimum of two games and awards will be presented as divisions finish.

Participating Schools:

  • Barre City Elementary and Middle School
  • Bellcate School
  • BFA St. Albans
  • Champlain Valley Union High School
  • Danville School
  • Edmunds Middle School
  • Essex High School
  • Essex Town School
  • Harwood Union High School
  • Main Street Middle School
  • Middlebury Union Middle School
  • Montpelier High School
  • Northfield Schools
  • Otter Valley Union High School
  • Rivendell Academy
  • Rutland High School
  • Rutland Intermediate School
  • Shelburne Community School
  • South Burlington High School
  • Spaulding High School
  • U-32 Middle and High School
  • Union Elementary School
  • West Rutland School
  • Williston Central School
  • Winooski Schools

Special Olympics Vermont is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy, and benefit from participation in individual and team sports. Special Olympics Vermont is part of a global movement that works year-round to foster acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities by using the power of sport to showcase their gifts and abilities.

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