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Promoting inclusion for all through the unified sport of bocce

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Promoting inclusion for all through the unified sport of bocce

Publication type

Journal Articles

Publisher

Palaestra

Year

2016

Palaestra

The 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles coincided with the 25th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), and served to promote the theme of “Inclusion for All.”

One of the key components within Special Olympics is unified sport. Unified sport was established to enhance meaningful involvement within competition and social settings (e.g., social inclusion). Social inclusion was not ignored during these Games. The growth of unified sport within Special Olympics, since its inception in 1999, has been slow and steady.

At the 2015 Special Olympic World Games, one of the better examples of this growth was evidence from the unified sport of bocce. These games showcased 34 partners from 20 countries in the unified sport of bocce, a significant increase from previous competitions.

Four short vignettes share the experiences of former athletes turned officials in a unified sport setting.

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Author

Cheng-Chen Pan & Ron Davis

Published

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 23:00