Region I Bocce – CANCELLED

Bocce is an ancient sport invented during the Roman Empire. The game combines the skills of bowling with the accuracy of darts. Players try to get their Bocce balls closer to the Pallina (target ball) than their opponents. Individuals can participate in Bocce as a traditional single player or as part of traditional doubles or team. Unified Bocce is available in doubles and team formats. Unified sports combine a Special Olympics athlete with a non-disabled peer as partners or on teams for competition.

As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.

Athletes in Illinois who participate in Bocce compete locally at a Region Qualifying event.

Bocce Events Offered in Illinois


  • Singles competition
  • Doubles Competition
  • Team Competition


  • Doubles competition
  • Team competition


This event is a bocce game day that will allow our athletes to learn the game of bocce and prepare for our 2021 Fall Bocce competition.

We will be utilizing a green open space as you come into the East side of Lytle Park located next to the amphitheater. We will have 8 bocce courts set up, there is a parking lot next to the green area and bathrooms will be available.

Volunteers – please sign up here:

Volunteer Registration


9am-9:30am – Registration
9:30am – Volunteer Training
10am – 12pm – Bocce begins (each athlete will play a minimum of 2 games).

Teams should bring their own chairs and/or blankets and water bottles. We will be outside so prepare for a cold morning.

No awards.


Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world.  Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 13,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities.  Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life.  Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.


Masks must be worn: at tournament central, team staging areas, entering the facility to use the restrooms, in the restrooms, staging areas, during the competition and at any time or place when social distancing is not an option. Special Olympics will not be providing masks.  Athletes and coaches must bring their own.

To make sure we abide by the in-person maximum set by the IDPH, parents and spectators are unfortunately not allowed to attend and only registered athletes, coaches and partners are allowed at the event.  It is very important you relay to all parents and guardians the importance of only allowing registered persons into the event.

Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible. While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority. All of our in-person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines. 


Apr 24 2021


9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Lytle Park
Western Ave & S 32nd St, Mattoon, IL 61938
Jackie Mendoza


Jackie Mendoza
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