Area 4 Special Olympics athletes will be back on the bocce court for their annual bocce tournament on Saturday. This will be the first-time athletes have competed in bocce since 2019 due to COVID.
Opening ceremonies for the tournament will start at 10 a.m.
The National Anthem will be sung by local athlete Micah Hutcherson.
Thirteen teams will compete. These teams will be comprised of athletes from all over the area including athletes from Hixson High School, Keith Care, Special Friends of North River and Exceptional Enterprises of Grundy County.
The competition will take place at the Unum Atrium and is open to spectators.
Area 4 includes athletes from Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie counties.
Special Olympics Tennessee provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.