LASALLE — The ninth annual Special Olympics District Bocce competition will be held at the L_P High School Howard Fellows Stadium in La Salle on April 26, 2014. Approximately 215 athletes from throughout the Northwestern and Central part of Illinois are expected to compete. Participating agencies from the Starved Rock Area are: Dimmick School, Horizon House, Ottawa Eagles, Ottawa Friendship, and Special Connections. Opening Ceremonies will begin at 9:00 AM. The culmination will be the lighting of the Flame of Hope.
Competition will begin at 9:30 AM and conclude by 5:00 PM. Athletes will participate in a variety of events that include: Traditional Singles, Doubles, Team and Unified Doubles and Team competition. Over 100 local volunteers will assist with the event. The public is invited to attend. There is no entry fee.
Individuals and businesses from the community are encouraged to drop off unwanted cell phones and used ink jet cartridges during the bocce competition to help raise funds for the local Special Olympics program. A collection box will be available near the Family Table.
Special Olympics Starved Rock Area is a notforprofit organization and provides sports opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities ages 8 years and older. For more information or to volunteer call 815-220-8128.