The Wiscassett Newspaper published the following article on my fellow Team Maine bocce player:
Christy Hopkins, 23, who lives on Westport Island with her granmother, Sandy, is trying to raise $500 to attend the 2006 National Special Olympics in Iowa. "I was proud and excited when I first learned that I had been selected," she said in an interview this week. She was selected to compete in the Special Olympic Natinal Games in Ames, Iowa from July 2 to July 7 by her coach. Only 35 Maine athletes were chosen from the 3,500 athletes competing, In addition, 2,000 coaches will be attending the event, which is expected to attract 30,000 spectators, 12,000 family and friends and 8,000 volunteers. Christy, who also competes in swimming, cross country skiing and track events in the Special Olympics, will compete in team bocce ball. Bocce ball is a game played with up to 8 players. Each player must roll two large balls towards a smaller ball which has already been thrown onto the field. The players are given points for the number of bocce balls thrown closest to the smaller ball called a pellino ball. Although this is Christy's first trip to the national games, she has been competing in Special Olympics for 10 years. she will get a chance to compete against other athletes at a three-day training camp at Camp Tall Pines in Poland, ME. To raise money for her trip, Christy will host a car wash and bottle drive at Shaw's Supermarket, where she works.