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.

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.

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These are regular season rules, please check with the chapter on current local COVID policies.

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.

Upcoming Events


Event Dates Location Registration

Mid-Atlantic PVA Boccia Tournament




Vaughan PVA Boccia Tournament

Dates TBD

Fountain View Rec Ctr – Carol Stream, IL

Coming Soon

Kentucky-Indiana Boccia Tournament

July 17-18, 2021

Indianapolis, IN


Kentucky-Indiana Boccia Tournament

September 25-26, 2021

Bowling Green, KY


Buckeye Games

April 14-16, 2021

Geneva, OH

Coming Soon

Bayou Boccia

February 11-12, 2022

Gulfport, MS

Coming Soon

Mid-Atlantic Boccia

May 2022 dates TBD

Richmond, VA

Coming Soon


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