PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s nothing like a game of bocce ball to bring out the competitive spirit. The Phillies’ front office staff on Wednesday teamed up with Special Olympics Pennsylvania to hold a game of bocce ball at Citizens Bank Park.READ MORE: Stella The Pit Bull, Gloucester County Animal Shelter's Longest Resident, Adopted
The organization hosted students from Northeast High School as part of its month-long initiative to give back to the Philadelphia community.
About 16 kids participated in the game Wednesday. The kids also received a tour of Citizens Bank Park and met the Phillie Phanatic.READ MORE: 'This Is Do Or Die': Congressman Dwight Evans' Urgent Message For President Biden, Philadelphia Mayor Kenney On Gun Violence
“We have regular ed and special ed kids working together,” Chris Riley, a bocce ball coach, said. “Working together and just the camaraderie with each other, it breaks down a lot of barriers.”
Savannah Ayala, 17, is certainly going to be taking home some bragging rights.
Win or lose, though, this experience for the kids is priceless.MORE NEWS: Candidate For Pennsylvania Governor Says He Did Not Cause Fatal Accident
“I just wanted to show people that I’m the best and that I can do what I can do and never give up. I did what I was supposed to do and didn’t give up.”