Our Program:

Come learn about and play the ancient game of Boccia-- a FULLY ACCESSIBLE sport for everyone combining wits, skill and strategy!

No experience necessary, this is an introductory level clinic to help develop this program. Paralympic boccia competition is open to male and female athletes with severe locomotor disabilities of a cerebral or non-cerebral origin, including individuals with CP, stroke, traumatic brain injury, high-level spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, ALS and arthrogryposis.

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About the Coaches:

Lewis Kessler has been playing the great game of boccia—a sport requiring skill, strategy, and teamwork-- for the past twenty years.  He passed his love of the sport on to his daughter, Isabel.  For the past four years, Isabel has competed on her high school’s varsity boccia team where she earned Divisional, County, and Maryland State titles.  Now that she has graduated, Isabel continues to both participate in the sport through Medstar NRH and by coaching her former high school team.


White Oak Community Center
1700 April Lane
Silver Spring, MD


  • January 18
  • February 15
  • March 21
  • April 25
  • May 16
  • June 27


10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.       

Register for free at the front door to get your access card.



Boccia was practiced for many years as a leisure activity until it was introduced at the New York 1984 Paralympic Games as a competitive sport.

It is practiced in more than 50 countries by those with cerebral palsy or related neurological conditions involving a wheelchair.

All events are mixed gender and feature individual, pair and team competitions.

The game consists of four rounds in individuals and pairs competitions and of six rounds in the team competition. It is played on a hard surface, and the goal is to throw the game balls so that they land as close as possible to a special target ball, which is called the “jack.”

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More Information

Contact Tanece James at [email protected]