State hosts high school Bocce championship at Hershey

CBS 21/Michael Gorsegner (@MikeGorsegner)

It was a state championship of another kind Friday morning at the Giant Center in Dauphin County.

Eight teams were vying for the Special Olympics Interscholastic Unified Bocce State Championship Friday in Hershey. The competition partners kids with and without intellectual disabilities on the same court.

Besides the competitive nature of the sport, the kids learn teamwork and inclusion.

"I would say powerful to be a part of a good team. These are like my friends. They are like family to me. It's good to be a part of a good team. I love having these guys around," said Ziaire Teagle, who attends Carlynton High School outside of Pittsburgh.

The field was whittled down from 24 teams to eight through regional qualifying. Besides Bocce, The PIAA and Special Olympics host unified championships in track and field in the spring.

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