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Bocce tournament shows `what Baldwin’s all about’

Paige Crawley, Prudence Nowicki, and Patricia Esposito

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Baldwin welcomed athletes from Elizabeth Forward today for a unified bocce tournament in the gym.

Students from the Partners PE program and Special Olympics Club participated in the event.

Tim Laughlin, co-sponsor of the Special Olympics Club, said the bocce tournament shows Baldwin at its best.

“This is a great day to showcase what Baldwin’s all about,” Laughlin said. “We teach tolerance and accepting and understanding.”

Today’s event was the equivalent of a “regular season” game for the teams, Laughlin said. Later there will be a county tournament, and some teams from that event will advance to a state tournament in Hershey.

Baldwin won the state championship at Hershey last year, but Laughlin said there is a greater goal.

“The competition is fun but it’s more than that. It’s about spreading awareness and having fun,” he said.

Junior Claire Plunkett, an officer in the Special Olympics Club, agreed.

“I love anything with Special Olympics,” Plunkett said. “We make it fun for the athletes. It’s a fantastic cause.”

Sophomore Alyssa Raynovich echoed that sentiment.

“It’s super fun,” she said

 

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Paige Crawley, Photo Editor
Photo Editor Paige Crawley is a junior and second-year staff writer.  She probably likes lizards and her Canon 80D more than she likes you.  She also probably spends more time playing with Photoshop than doing her homework.
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Prudence is a junior and a second-year copy chief. She enjoys editing pictures and videos, and in her free time can mostly be found playing Kingdom Hearts or writing fan fiction.
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