When Special Olympics bocce practice begins Thursday, June 3, they will be playing on new courts.
YMCA groundskeeper Darren Lichty and 16 volunteers built the first four frames for the bocce courts at the YMCA, with funding provided by Special Olympics Alexandria. Two more frames are yet to be built.
The frames will be filled to make a hard surface and the courts will also be available for community use at no charge.
The Alexandria program will have 30 athletes competing this season.
Volunteers included Terry Mays, Bob Friederichs, Jeb VanEps, Nate Keller, Tucker Reishus, John Waage, Kathy Kiger, Bruce Rieland, Jan and Bill Zarbok, Alicia and Tim Kostecka, Anna Munnell, Ross Thompson, Betty Johnson and Levi Paradee.