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

- John Arbino
Program Manager, Paralyzed Veterans of America.

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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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.

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