Veterans Boccia Ball Tournament

Over the weekend, a new tradition got underway in Gulfport.

The Bayou Gulf State’s chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America hosted their boccia ball tournament. The chapter assists veterans in need from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Boccia ball is one of several adopted games by the PVA and is very popular.

World Champion and Program Director John Arvino traveled to the Gulf Coast to support the tournament and to teach the game. “Boccia Ball is the Paralympic version of boccia that’s played outside. We’ve adapted this sport with a little smaller court and softer balls and we’ve adapted it to any disability.”

Bayou Gulf State’s Chapter President Cheryl Lewis said, “There’s no limitation to boccia or our sports because every sport for paralyzed veterans has been adapted. You can participate whether you’re a quadriplegic, paraplegic, or ambulatory, it doesn’t matter.”

Lewis says that the chapter plans on bringing the tournament back to Gulfport next year.

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