Lynchburg bocce tournament raises awareness of behavioral health issues

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Horizon Behavioral Health got things rolling on Saturday with the Roll Against Stigma Bocce Tournament at Lynchburg
Rivermont Park.

Horizon put their own twist on the game, by using it to raise awareness.

They're hoping to eliminate the negative stigma around people with behavioral health issues.

Horizon Behavioral Health CEO Damien Cabezas said, "The current portrayal is that they're violent and dangerous and all the research indicates the contrary. So we want to continue to raise awareness that these folks have more abilities than disabilities."

The fundraiser also had activities for younger kids as well as food vendors.