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Two local Bocce players headed to the National Special Olympics

Posted at 10:59 PM, Jun 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-19 16:50:01-04

MISSOULA – Special Olympics are huge in the state of Montana, with over 2,000 athletes from 65 communities. And the National Special Olympics Games are right around the corner. Two competitors from Big Arm are heading to Seattle to see what they can do on the big stage.

Chance Hoover and Michael Vergeront will travel to Seattle to compete in the Special Olympics USA Games. They’ll be playing for the gold medal in Bocce, facing competitors from all 50 states.

More than 4,000 participants will be at the games, and Chance and Michael are two of 23 athletes selected from the state of Montana. The duo have been partners for a while and don’t just enjoy the game, but being around each other as well.

“We just pick on each other and throw it back at each other. We just have a good time doing it,” said Vergeront.

“He’s just a very positive person. I can feel like I don’t have to use negativity at all, he just makes me a more better person,” said Hoover. 

Hoover says although the competition matters to him, being able to hold on to friends through the game is the best part.

“I’m just excited to be able to continue to my relationship with people in Polson and other places, you know what I mean?” he said.