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Special needs residents to play bocce ball starting July 12

July 28, 2014

Adaptive Rec Bocce BallJohns Creek Recreation and Parks Division is hosting bocce ball activities for Johns Creek residents with disabilities and their families two Saturday mornings a month from July 12 through Nov. 8 at Newtown Park.

"Bocce ball is easy to play and it's not physically demanding," said Kirk Franz, Johns Creek recreation manager. "The real benefit is the camaraderie, the social aspects of being around other people and having fun together."

A cross between bowling and croquet, the object of bocce ball is to bowl balls at a white target ball. Rolling the ball closest to the target earns points. There are numerous techniques people with disabilities can use to bowl. The City also has a low, easily aimed ramp with rails that a ball can be rolled down.

The handicapped-accessible bocce ball courts are located next to the Park Place senior activity center, located at Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Rd.

The hour-long, free activity starts at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome, although drop-offs are not allowed.

To volunteer, contact Kirk Franz at 678-512-3261 or email him at Kirk.Franz@JohnsCreekGA.gov.

What: Bocce ball matches for Johns Creek residents with special needs and their families
Where: Courts are next to the Park Place senior activity center, located at Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Rd.
Cost: Free
When: 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
July 12
July 26
Aug. 9
Aug. 23
Sept. 13
Sept. 27
Oct. 11
Oct. 25
Nov. 8