Boccia (BOCH-Ə) is a precision ball sport, similar to bocce – a sport common in Europe today. Boccia is sport for wheelchair athletes.

The rules governing boccia include a sophisticated classification system that matches athletes based on their level of disability. Boccia is contested at local, national and international levels.

In 1984 boccia became a Paralympic sport, and by 2008 was being practiced in over fifty countries worldwide. Boccia is governed by the Boccia International Sports Federation, (BISFed) and is one of only three Paralympic sports that have no counterpart in the Olympic program. USA Boccia is the nonprofit high-performance maintenance organization for boccia in the USA.

Mission

In its pursuit of competitive excellence, USA Boccia provides athletes with physical disabilities the opportunity to compete and excel in the sport of Boccia on the local, regional, national (USA Boccia Nationals) and international level (BISFed, Parapan American, & Paralympic competitions). USA Boccia seeks to promote and grow the sport of Boccia in the United States.

History

Chariots of Fire was initially incorporated November 9, 2004 in New York and supported athletes with disabilities for over 10 years. Formerly, Chariots of Fire promoted the sport of wheelchair indoor soccer. The sport declined nationally, and Chariots of Fire has been inactive for the past several years.

Executive Director, James Thomson, a long-time participant in the Paralympic Sport of boccia recognized a need to promote boccia in the USA to increase national involvement, competition and exposure for athletes. After gathering passionate volunteers represented by athletes, coaches, family members and boccia technical advisors, new bylaws and mission statement were written.

On February 3, 2015, a name changes from Chariots of Fire to USA Boccia, Inc. was filed with the State of New York. A five-person Board of Directors was assembled with expertise in, and dedication and commitment for, the sport of boccia. USA Boccia, Inc. is actively involved with athletes and supporters of the boccia across the United States and its Board of Directors currently has representation from New York, Kansas, Illinois and Florida.

On February 26, 2015 USA Boccia, Inc. was officially recognized as a 501C3 organization.

Board of Directors

2019-2020 USA Boccia Board of Directors:

  • James Thomson (NY) – President
  • Mark Flora-Swick (KS) – Vice President
  • Patrick Parkes (MI) – Treasurer/Athlete Representative
  • Tim Dalton (AR) – Secretary
  • Fiona Allen (TX)

Lorin Fiehler

Administrative and Compliance Manager
lorin.fiehler@usaboccia.org

Committees

Nominating and Governance Committee

Chair – Lucy Berry

Michelle Lynch
Sam Williams
Lee Lobmeyer

Classification Committee

Chair – Sam Williams

Matthew Mayer
Johanna M Paniagua
Julie Bye
Bruce Ashby
Cornelius Oatis

Ethics & Judicial Committee

Chair – Melanie Yules

Kathy Brinker
Charlie Brown
David Christopher
Elizabeth Flora Swick
Caroline Lacombe
Nick Taylor
Sarah Walton-Kinney

Referee Committee

Louis Mitchell
Cornell Markham
Harold Johnson
Jennifer Smith-Mugnaini
Troy Berry
Cathy Drobny, alternate

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Contact Us

USAboccia@gmail.com
631-388-6164
1398 Penataquit Avenue Bay Shore, NY 11706

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