Bringing the Community Together at Unified Bocce
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor
Every year, the Massachusetts Special Olympics organization hosts an Unified Bocce Tournament. This past Sunday, Jan. 29, was the second consecutive year RHS has hosted this event.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. At the event, 15 schools participated in the tourney and 15 others came to support and cheer on the Special Olympians.
In total, the MASC and the Massachusetts Special Olympics organization sponsored event had 40, four person teams participating from all over Massachusetts.
At the event hosted by our SGC president, Hannah Murphy, attendees could buy items from concessions, raffles, an Olympic village, and lunch which were all provided by Rockland Student Government. In the end, all proceeds went back to the Special Olympics.
At the Opening Ceremony, RHS Special Olympian, Anthony DiNino carried in the torch and was accompanied by school resource officer, Ethan Schnabel.
Here, Patti Doherty, the Massachusetts Director of Schools and youth engagement reminded students councils about the upcoming Polar Plunge. All proceeds will go to Special Olympics and the set goal is to raise over $50,000 at the event.
Doherty concluded at the close of the event, there was over 500 attendees to the event, marking it to be the largest Bocce Tournament to be held by the Special Olympics. Also stating, “we are lucky to have had Rockland host the tournament the last two years.”