Swansea, SC - Swansea High School (SHS) hosted the Area 7 Special Olympics Bocce Tournament at Doug Bennett Field Friday, October 4. Students in grades 1 through 12 throughout Lexington County gathered for the competition, which Swansea has hosted for the past seven years.
Health Science Clinical Students, JROTC Cadets, and SHS Peer Tutors assisted Lexington Four teachers and staff in making the day run smoothly. Health Science Clinical Students ran a first aid station to provide athletes with water and help with minor first aide treatment, allowing them to put into practice what they have learned in their coursework. JROTC Cadets kept records of official scores and were at each court to ensure game rules were followed. SHS Peer Tutors, students who work with many of the student athletes on a daily basis in the classrooms, provided support at the occasion, ensuring the students had a fun day competing, dancing, and participating in arts & crafts at the tournament.
Special Olympics Athletes had the opportunity to play Bocce against students from Lexington High School, Sandhills Middle School, and Pelion Middle School. They also enjoyed face painting, coloring, and dancing. First, second, and third place ribbons were given out at the awards station. This event could not have happened without the assistance and dedication of the many volunteers and organizations at Swansea High School.