2019 SOPA/PIAA Unified Sports Indoor Bocce Championship Results

2019 Bocce State Champions

Students with and without intellectual disabilities participated in the Unified Sports Indoor Bocce Championship prior to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Boy’s and Girl’s state basketball championships on Thursday, March 21, 2019. The Championship took place from 8:30 am – 11am at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA; and, awards were presented during halftime of the PIAA Basketball game from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Eight high school teams, who are a part of the Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Unified Champion Schools program, advanced to the finals held on Thursday morning.

Congratulations to the following counties/areas and schools that were represented:

  • Centre County – Bald Eagle Area High School (State Champions pictured above!)
  • Area M – Columbia High School (2nd Place)
  • Delaware County – Sun Valley High School (3rd Place)
  • Bradford/Tioga – North Penn - Liberty High School (4th Place)
  • Mercer/Lawrence/Butler – Ellwood City Jr./Sr. High School (5th Place)
  • Beaver County – Beaver Area High School (6th Place)
  • Chester County – Henderson High School (7th Place)
  • Clearfield County – Moshannon Valley High School (8th Place)

Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Unified Champion Schools program is aimed at promoting social inclusion through intentionally planned and implemented activities affecting systems-wide change. With sports as the foundation, Unified Champion Schools follow a three component model: Interscholastic Unified Sports, Youth Leadership and Advocacy, and Whole School Engagement. Interscholastic Unified Sports is a fully-inclusive co-ed high school sports program that brings together a proportional number of students with and without disabilities on teams for training and competition. Whereas, youth leadership, advocacy and whole school engagement promote school climates where students with disabilities feel welcome and are routinely included in, and feel a part of, all activities, opportunities and functions.

Unified Sports® is the one Special Olympics program which helps schools fulfill the requirements of the Department of Education guidance letter reminding schools of the federal law (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) protecting the rights of all students with disabilities to have equal access to athletics activities.