'Bocce' tournament raises money for special olympics

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)--Teams gathered at the USC field across from Thirsty Fellows for the 5th Annual Joe Strong Bocce Tournament.

The event is sponsored by the Richland County Sheriff's Department and raises funds for the Special Olympics.

The tournament is named after Captain Joseph Pellicci, previous sheriff for the Richland Sheriff's Department, who passed away from cancer. The tournament was started in his name since he took a special interest and dedication to the Special Olympics in his lifetime.

Over 20 teams paid an entry fee of $200 for the event, and competed for the first place medal and bragging rights.

Bocce is an Italian sport similar to lawn bowling.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Special Olympic athletes in some way, through training, equipment, and so forth.

South Carolina has almost 25,000 athletes that participate in the Special Olympics.

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