Bocce Bash raises money for the Special Olympics

DANIEL ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Hundreds of people made their way to Daniel Island Saturday morning to play bocce ball for a good cause.

The 12th Annual Bocce Bash benefiting the Special Olympics was held at Blackbaud Soccer Stadium today, May 19. The event kicked off at 9 a.m. as 128 teams of four began a bracket-style tournament.

Bocce Bash is one of two major fund raising events for the athletes and programs of Special Olympics in the Lowcountry.

The soccer field was transformed into a giant bocce ball complex. 32 bocce courts were taped down along the sides of the field, and tents and lawn chairs crowded the center as teams ate snacks, poured drinks and socialized.

The rules of bocce are simple. A player throws a small white ball, the jack, down a narrow, rectangular shaped court. Opposing players then take turns throwing their bocce balls down the lane, trying to get them as close to the jack as possible. Points are added up for the team whose bocce balls are closest.

Some of the four person teams featured Special Olympic athletes, while many others were groups of friends, business partners, or club members.

Philip Castengera and his rotary club made their "fifth or sixth" straight appearance at the tournament, despite a gloomy day that held a possibility of rain.

"Its a lot of fun, a great event, beautiful venue," said Castengera as he waited for his Daniel Island Rotary Club team's turn to play. "The sun is cooperating and its a wonderful day right now."

Had the weather not held up, Bocce Bash would've been moved to May 20.