Petanque is the game and friendship is the goal of this school competition

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Image via Pete Bannan, Daily Times.

Petanque was king Tuesday at Glen Mills School as 150 athletes from 16 different teams from nine local high schools showed up for the regional indoor petanque championships, writes Pete Bannan for the Times Daily.

This is the third year of the event. Hosted by Special Olympics Pennsylvania, the teams are a mix of student-athletes with and without developmental disabilities.

The teams promote a lot of school spirit and support.

In a previous competition for Penncrest, hundreds of students, parents, teachers, and the high school orchestra entered.

The bocce game begins with the throw of the smallest Pallino ball. Each team throws or rolls colored balls in an attempt to get closest to the Pallino.

Team mixing was introduced in the mid-1980s to add equality and inclusiveness.

“It’s a great way to be part of something bigger than yourself,” said coach Yasmeen Bates of Chester High School. Bates. “I have a fun group; they didn’t know each other at first but now they all know each other.

Garnet Valley and Strath Haven took the win on Tuesday. They will move on to the state championship later in March.

Find out more in the Daily schedules.

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