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More than a game: Special athletes compete alongside peers


Central Bucks East High School took first place in the Bucks County Unified Bocce Championship March 3 at Bristol High School. Pennridge came in second. Families and fans packed the stands, waving posts and pompoms to cheer on the participants.

“Unified Champion Schools” is a Special Olympics program that, according to its website promotes social inclusion by bringing together students with and without disabilities to train and compete as teammates. Sports is the program’s foundational element, but participating schools also commission a club composed of both students with intellectual disabilities and their typically developing peers to work together to improve the school environment through youth-led activities that promote acceptance, respect and community.

The Bucks County competition was a precursor to Tuesday’s SE PA Regional Unified Bocce Championships, where teams from Bucks County compete with students in Chester, Montgomery and Delaware counties. A state championship meet looms later this month in Hershey.

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