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NYC Annual Citywide Bocce Tournament


Each September, New Yorkers come from all over the city and surrounding areas to participate in Parks’ annual Citywide Bocce Tournament.

Each September, New Yorkers come from all over the city and surrounding areas to participate in Parks’ annual Citywide Bocce Tournament.

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  • 1. Citywide Bocce Tournament Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30, 2007
  • 2.
    • 85 teams registered to compete – 340 players – one of the largest
    • tournaments in the country.
    • Manhattan added as a 5 th site for preliminaries
    • Media coverage by NY1, the Daily News , Queens Courier , and the
    • Times Courrier Life among others.
    • Prize money for first place increased to $1,000
    The 13 th Annual Citywide Bocce Tournament was the largest tournament to date in Parks history, and our most successful.
  • 3. Bocce Tournament Preliminaries Saturday, September 29, 2007
    • 10 teams advanced to the Finals:
      • Bronx Queens Manhattan
      • Ranaqua The Devils American Bocce
      • Carrol Park Adriatica
      • Brooklyn Staten Island
      • The Good Guys The Bocce Bee Stingers
      • Brooklyn Proud Pastosa
      • Marine Park
    • Players received breakfast, lunch and a gift bag
    • Sandwiches were generously provided by Hormel and drinks by Nestle
  • 4. Bocce Tournament Preliminaries Saturday, September 29, 2007 Perennial favorite Tyson’s team did not make it to the finals this year. Pelham Bay Park played host to the Citywide Finals in 2006. Pelham Bay Park, Bronx Marine Park, Brooklyn Above right : The Bocci . Top : Sponsor Robert Tracey’s team took third place in the preliminaries. Bottom : Marine Park’s three courts were in use all day. Marine Park came in second in the finals.
  • 5. Bocce Tournament Preliminaries JJ Walker Park, Manhattan Top : Measuring for victory – a millimeter is as good as a mile. Bottom : The top 2 teams – American Bocce and The Last of the Unplucked Gems. Juniper Park, Queens Bocce fans were treated to a display of various techniques for rolling.
  • 6. Bocce Tournament Preliminaries South Beach, Staten Island Left : John Anatole, president of the South Beach Bocce Club, is a fierce competitor in the field. Bottom: Fans – of all shapes and sizes – were enthralled by the competition.
  • 7. The Bocce Finals Juniper Park, Queens Sunday, September 30, 2007 Hundreds of spectators gathered around the courts throughout the course of the day. A new crop of younger bocce players joined the tournament this year, and even made it to the Finals.
  • 8.
    • 10 teams competed in double-elimination play
    • World-renowned PBS chef, restaurateur and
    • author Lydia Bastianich was a special guest.
    • Sponsors Columbus Citizens Foundation and
    • KTU were onsite giving away information and
    • goodies.
    • Lunch trays were generously donated by
    • Iavarone Brothers and Fortunata’s.
    The Bocce Finals Top : The crowd was riveted during play. Bottom : Winding up to blast the opponents’ balls away.
  • 9. The Bocce Finals Tournament play was riveting and fierce.
  • 10. The Bocce Finals Juniper Valley Park made a beautiful setting for the tournament.
  • 11. Top left : Angelo, captain of The Devils, shows off his winning form. Above and bottom left : Lydia Bastianich found time to take photos with fans (bottom left) and to play some bocce before presenting the winners their trophies. The Bocce Finals
  • 12. Above and top right : Queens teams took first and second. The Devils, shown above, took home first place. Bottom right : Manhattan’s American Bocce team came in third place. The Bocce Finals
  • 13. Advertising, Marketing & Media
    • Three ads in the NY Post (2+ million circulation)
    • Photo in TimeOut NY (140,000 circulation)
    • 21 (:30) second Radio PSAs on KTU (1.4 million listeners)
    • WKTU 103.5 website
    • Parks website (250,000 unique visitors)
    • Online listings and outreach to:
        • About.com Craigslist
    • Migente Meetup.com
    • Friendster Facebook
    • FlavorPill DailyCandy
    • Eventguide.com Nyc.com
    • Gothamist Freenyc.net
    • Nycvisit.com Newyork.going.com
    • 2 segments on NY1 – 1 on Manhattan, 1 on Staten Island
    • Coverage by the Times Ledger, Queens Courier , and Daily
    • News among others.
  • 14. Columbus Day Parade Bocce Float October 8, 2007