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For Immediate Release
News Date: August 24, 2021

Columbus Recreation and Parks Announces the Return of Jack Attack Boccia Tournament

COLUMBUS – Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is excited to announce the return of Jack Attack, the department’s annual Boccia tournament for adaptive athletes. Boccia is a game of strategy and accuracy that was originally designed to be played by people with cerebral palsy. The sport has grown into a Paralympic sport and includes athletes with impairments that affect motor skills and those without disabilities. Jack Attack is hosted by the Adaptive Sports Club of Columbus, part of the Therapeutic Recreation program.

Jack Attack Boccia Tournament
Aug. 27-29
Franklin Park Adventure Center
1755 E. Broad Street 

Friday: Athlete clinic and skills and drills training from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Referee clinic from 4-7 p.m.
Saturday: Competition from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday: Competition from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

A working lunch will be provided by Spaghetti Warehouse Columbus on Saturday and Sunday for all registered athletes, sports assistants, coaches and volunteers.

“We are excited to have the Jack Attack Boccia Tournament back this year,” said Paul Rakosky, interim director of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. “This event is a favorite of adaptive athletes in the sport, and is key to their preparation for competition on the national level.”

Eligible participants can register online at The deadline for athlete registration is Aug. 20. Those interested in volunteering at the event, either in a support role or as a referee, can register at

Accessible transportation will be available throughout the tournament, from the athletes’ hotel or residence to Franklin Park Adventure Center. Participants needing transportation must submit a request when they register.

The health and safety of participants and staff is a top priority, and strong safety protocols remain in place to ensure everyone’s safety. These include social distancing – staying six feet away from others – with an understanding of the challenges and limitations for social distancing with very young children and individuals with disabilities. Effective Monday, Aug. 16, all City of Columbus employees and visitors to city buildings are required to wear a face covering. Visit to find out more.