Generosity the foundation for new bocce court at Chimes

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A ribbon cutting Thursday commemorated the completion of the new bocce ball court at Chimes Delaware’s Irv and Phyllis Levin Employment Center in Millsboro.

MILLSBORO – Bocce is a popular activity among participants in programs at Chimes Delaware, one of the largest nonprofit providers for people with disabilities in the First State.

Now, they have their very own court.

A ribbon cutting Thursday afternoon officially christened the official bocce ball court at Chimes’ Irv & Phyllis Levin Employment Center on U.S. 113 in Millsboro.

The regulation size 12-foot by 60-foot court was made possible through the generous donations from Corrado Construction and the Knights of Columbus Star of the Sea Council 7297 in Rehoboth.

Bocce is a game of strategy and skill played by 300,000 Special Olympics athletes around the world.

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Eddie Drake celebrates a point-winning attempt in a friendly competition at Chimes Delaware’s new bocce ball court. Looking on are Grant Dorman, left, and Sherman Carter.

It is a staple in Special Olympics Delaware’s programs.

“They compete in the Fall Sports Festival and they compete in the Summer Olympics Games,” said Irv Levin, who teams with wife Phyllis as co-venue directors for bocce at both the summer and fall events.

The sport of bocce is an excellent outlet for people with disabilities to participate and compete. With assistive devices, it can be played by anyone, no matter how severe their disability may be.

“Even someone in a wheelchair,” said Mr. Levin.

The new court will provide a practice/training venue for major events, as well as friendly competition.

“Now, they can practice. They don’t have to travel somewhere,” said Mr. Levin.

“It is also used by our enrichment program (at Chimes),” said Bill Drake, a member of Chimes Delaware’s board of directors.

Through the donations from Corrado Construction and the Knights of Columbus the court was installed for about half of the projected cost.

In bocce, each player is given two balls (called boccia). Players take turns rolling or lagging the ball toward the pallino ball, a smaller ball initially rolled onto the court.

Players earn points for the balls that wind up closest to the pallino ball.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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