Friday, May 16, 3pm:
Photo at Mayor’s office w/law enforcement.
Tuesday, May 27, 7pm:
Presentation to the City at City Council meeting by Robert Tadlock Insurance, Inc. of permanent Bocce Courts for Mariner’s Wharf Park, (bocce ball sets to be at Groupers for check-out by tourists and residents).
Friday, May 30, 6pm:
Mayor throws first ball at newly installed Bocce Courts at Mariner’s Wharf Park.
Friday evenings in June 6, 13, 20, 27, 5pm-8pm:
Practice at Bocce Courts at Mariner’s Wharf Park, if no conflict with other scheduled events.
Friday, July 18th:
5pm-10pm: Mariner’s Wharf Park. Bocce Ball practice with teams & judges.
7pm-10pm: Mariner’s Wharf Park. Live band and refreshments with City Wine Cellar.
Saturday, July 19th:
8am-9am: team check-in/practice
9am-9:30am: opening ceremonies
8pm-11pm: Dance at Waterfront Park.
History of Bocce Ball:
Bocce Ball has evolved over a very long period of time. The basics of the game however, can be traced back to similar games that were played in Egypt around 5000 BC.
Bocce Ball, best known in Italy, is one of the oldest of all lawn or yard games. It has recently gaining popularity in North America, particularly in East coast waterfront communities since it can be played by people of all ages and on a great variety of surfaces. Bocce is played between two players or two teams of up to four players on a team.
Just what is Bocce Ball?
Today’s version of bocce has elements of bowling, horseshoes, shuffleboard and billiards. The game can be enjoyed by players of all ages and athletic abilities.
To play bocce, a white ball the size of a golf ball called the pallino is rolled onto an 8’x60’ grass court. This ball becomes the target. Players roll larger balls to see who can come closest to the pallino. Players can move the pallino with their balls or knock opposing balls further away.
Why Special Olympics?
This is the 40th Anniversary of Special Olympics. 1300 special needs North Carolinians participate in the Special Olympics games each year. The goal of Special Olympics is for all persons with intellectual disabilities to have the chance to become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected in their communities.
NENC has not participated in the Special Olympics torch run for several years and we are excited that there is such a regionally co-operative effort by our area’s law enforcement agencies to participate once again.
All funds raised will be credited to our area law enforcement agencies and passed directly to Special Olympics.
I encourage everyone to get involved in helping our area law enforcement assist those with special needs who face life obstacles that most of us never will.