Boccia Sports Clinics: Game on for All Abilities

John Arbino, Program Manager, Paralyzed Veterans of America

Everyone enjoys it because it’s not a physical sport; it’s a strategy. Once you get hooked into the strategy, you love it.

Similar to the Italian game of Bocce, Boccia is a Paralympic sport practiced in more than 50 countries, most frequently by individuals with spinal cord injuries or neurological disorders requiring a wheelchair.

For a long time, Boccia was known as a leisure activity until it was introduced as a competitive sport in the 1984 Paralympic Games in New York. At the London 2012 Games, 104 athletes competed in seven medal events.

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While Paralympic Boccia competition is open only to quadriplegics, Paralyzed Veterans of America welcomes veterans with all types and levels of injuries to our Boccia clinics. Able-bodied veterans can participate in the clinics by using a wheelchair to compete.

Join a sports clinic for one of our fastest growing sports

Two-day clinics include brief classroom training, two hours of personal instruction on techniques and strategies, a round-robin-style tournament, and a bracket tournament. Since the introduction of Boccia Clinics in December 2014, Paralyzed Veterans of America has hosted numerous events nationwide.

Currently, Boccia is one of Paralyzed Veterans of America’s fastest-growing sports. Join us at an upcoming event. Everyone's welcome.

To find out more or to sign up for a Boccia Clinic, contact John Arbino at or 202-416-6463.

St. Lous, MO -  Gateway Boccia Tournament (Oct 18-20, 2018)
Richmond, VA - Mid-Atlantic Boccia Tournament (January 12-13, 2019)
Gulfport, MS - Bayou Boccia Tournament (February 1-2, 2019)
San Diego, CA - Cal-Diego Boccia Tournament (Feb 19-20, 2019)
Phoenix, AZ - Arizona Boccia Tournament (Apr 6-7, 2019)
Brockton, MA - New England Combined Air Rifle and Boccia Tournament (Apr 26-28, 2019) Register