Region J Bocce Qualifier for 2024 Summer Games

What Is Bocce?

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 Illinois athlete with a person without an intellectual disability as partners or on teams for competition.

As in all Special Olympics Illinois 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. Gold medal winners are eligible to advance to state championship held at the Summer Games held in Normal in June.

Bocce Events Offered in Illinois


  • Singles competition
  • Doubles competition
  • Team competition


  • Doubles competition
  • Team competition

Competition Information

Open court format. Once a court is open we will call the next match. Singles, doubles, teams, Unified doubles and Unified teams competitions are available.

Facility Information

Parking available next to the field. Overflow parking is available at the rec center which is a short walk away. Restrooms are located in park pavilion. Event space is roped off on the soccer field. Spectators may set up lawn chairs around the event space.

Event Details

Please check back closer to the event for more information.

Volunteer Information

Please click on the button below to register as a volunteer.


Athletes should bring a refillable water bottle. Lawn chairs are strongly encouraged. Bleacher seats are very limited or not available.


Awards will be given based on place in each division in each event.


Bottled water and Powerade will be available. Lunch will be served for athletes and coaches.

Special Guests

Athlete Leaders from the region will be on-hand to help with key portions of the event.

Supporting Documents

To see a complete list of all state championship competitions, click here.

To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, which supports Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.

Who We Are

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports to a community of more than 55,000 traditional athletes, Young Athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and more. It strives to be a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development. 

If you are interested in being a part of Special Olympics Illinois and its vision, contact your local region, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website. Follow Special Olympics Illinois on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok and X.  


Apr 13 2024


8:00 am - 6:00 pm




Glik Park
12525 Sportsman Rd, Highland, IL 62249
Steve Whitlatch


Steve Whitlatch
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