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After a snow delay which pushed the third annual Elementary/Middle School IUS Bocce Championship back a week, the championship was held on Tuesday, January 16th at Jefferson University‘s Gallagher Recreation Center. This year, Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia welcomed the largest amount of school teams to date with three elementary schools and five middle schools bringing a total of 15 teams to compete. Elementary schools in attendance included Juniata Park Academy and Penrose School. Middle schools in attendance included Andrew Hamilton, Hill-Freedman World Academy, Middle Years Alternative School (MYA), Penrose School, and Universal Daroff Charter School.
Executive Director, Health, Safety, Nutrition and Physical Education, Bettyann Creighton, and Manager of Interscholastic Partnerships, Alex Christy, kicked off the day by welcoming all teams to the championship and wishing them the best of luck during the competitions. As the competition got underway, there was excitement in the air as each team brought their A-game to the championship. There was excitement in the air. After each student rolled, they were met with high-fives and if it was a particularly great roll, a loud cheer from their school.
Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia would like to extend a huge thank all the coaches who have helped their team train and be competition ready, the chaperones for assisting with the event and Jefferson University athletics for providing volunteers. Without all of their support, this event would not have been possible. Thank you! Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia is excited about next year’s Elementary/Middle School IUS Bocce Championship!
The Third Annual Elementary/Middle School IUS Bocce Championship ended with awards being given to all of the athletes and partners based on the order of finish. In the middle school division, Hill-FreedmanTeam 2 took first, Penrose Team 1 took second, and Middle Years Academy Team 1 took third. In the elementary school division, Juniata Park Team 1 took first, Penrose Team 1 took second, and Penrose Team 2 took third.
|JP1 (5) v PE1 (4)||PM1 (6) v AH1 (5)||HF1 (4) v MYA1 (5)||PM2 (6) v AH2 (2)||HF2 (9) v MYA2 (3)|
|PE2 (5) v JP2 (3)||MYA1 (1) v PM1 (7)||AH1 (2) v HF1 (2)||MYA2 (1) v PM2 (7)||AH2 (2) v HF2 (3)|
|PE1 (6) v PE2 (6)||HF1 (3) v PM1 (4)||AH1 (3) v MYA (6)||HF2 (7) v PM2 (2)||AH2 (5) v MYA2 (2)|
|JP2 (3) v JP1 (4)||MIDDLE FINAL||MIDDLE 3RD/4TH||MIDDLE 5TH/6TH||MIDDLE 7TH/8TH|
|M1 winner v M2 winner||Runner-Up M1 v Runner-Up M2||3rd Place M1 v 3rd Place M2||4th Place M1 v 4th Place M2|
|PR1 (4) vs HF2 (5)||MYA1 (4) v PR2 (2)||AH1 (2) vs AH2 (5)||HF1 (5) v MYA2 (4)|
|PE2 (0) v JP1 (6)||PE1(5) v JP2 (3)|