BU student group hosts Pa.’s biggest Bocce Bash; Event benefits Special Olympics

For immediate release: Oct. 12, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC), along with the Columbia Montour Special Olympics, will host the fourth annual Special Olympics Bocce Bash Invitational, Saturday, Oct. 27, at 9 a.m. in BU’s Nelson Field House.

Bocce is an Italian variety of lawn bowling and BU’s annual tournament is the largest bocce event in Pennsylvania, according to Caitlan Siggins, president of SCEC. The invitational will feature 54 bocce teams from nine counties throughout Pennsylvania, with a total of 119 athletes, including 11 skills athletes. Skills athletes are individuals who do not compete with a partner but, instead, practice their bocce skills and work on precision.

Siggins, a senior special education/elementary education major from Temple, said the event is organized by students and several BU student groups will volunteer to help with the event throughout the day.

Craig Nelson, Golden Gloves boxing champion, will be the special guest this year. A free child identification program will be available to athletes and families, and free eye examinations and glasses will be offered to the athletes.

Nine full bocce courts will be open, as well as an Olympic Village for athletes when they are not playing. In the family area, athletes and their families will be able to win baskets containing various gifts and items donated by BU student organizations.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.