Dear Members:

We have instituted precautions to allow limited participation in Foundation Activities this Season following local guidelines including requesting all entering the building to wear face masks and checking temperatures.

We have resumed Special Events, Wednesday Night Dinners, Mah Jongg and Cards on Tuesdays and Fridays, Bocce Monday, Wednesday and Fridays as well as CoEd Bocce on Thursday evenings. Please check the calendar and come enjoy your home away from home.

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and staying healthy during these trying times.


NIAF Board of Directors

Special Olympics Awards Night NIAF  


At the initiation of our Special Olympics Bocce Program 15 years ago, Sue Palmer, Director of Special Olympics Collier County at that time, stated, "We asked the Naples Italian American Club, if we could simply use their bocce courts for our athletes, and, in addition, we found a group of dedicated, caring coaches who taught them the art of bocce."

On April 3rd we held our favorite event of the year, Special Olympics Awards Night.  We also honored four Special Olympics contributors:  Renato Stella, Ed Bernardi, Joe D'Annunzio (posthumously), and Tom Carlo (posthumously), the creator of the Special Olympics program.

Awards were handed out to all the athletes.   Bob Pascente is the director and largest supporter of our Special Olympics program for the past two years.  Special thanks go out to the additional bocce coaches:   Damien and Mary Rossi, Marie Pascente, Debra White, Lester and Dorothy Kinney, Luigi Funicello, Larry Griminger, Robert Frigoletto, Mary Ann Altobelli, Al and Carol Lenza, Rich and Millie Persichetty, Rocco D'Amelio.

Special Olympics of Collier County is one of the main charities that NIAF supports on a yearly basis.

The Collier Sports Insider was there to cover the story and placed photos of the event on its website:


Special Olympics