The Bocce Bros breathe new life into an old sport

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It is a sport that goes back several generations and is synonymous with Italian culture. Now, a group of Youngstown natives are taking what some might call a game from older generations and breathing new life into it. “We were the young guys. We noticed it was a really good wa

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 3:35 p.m. EDT

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It is a sport that goes back several generations and is synonymous with Italian culture. Now, a group of Youngstown natives are taking what some might call a game from older generations and breathing new life into it.

“We were the youngsters. We noticed it was a really good way to compete for ex-college athletes, ex-high school athletes, so we wanted to educate young people our age who could have a lot of fun with it. , ” says Carmen Marinucci, member of The Bocce Bros.

And from there, a brand was born.

Carmen, Anthony, Chris and Dante make up the Bocce Bros and what started as an age-old love for the sport has turned it into full-fledged coverage of local leagues and tournaments.

“By playing all these petanque tournaments there is a sense of community and that’s what we were trying to bring with The Bocce Brothers in general,” says Dante Lovell of The Bocce Bros.

The group has covered tournaments locally at the Pacentro Club, St Anthony’s and the MVR to tournaments as far away as Cleveland, Columbus and Lexington, Kentucky. Even catching the attention of actor Mario Lopez.

“Just like us, Mario Lopez happens to be the bocce advocate. He caught wind of one of our Youngstown bocce sweaters, one of his assistants contacted us, and the next thing you know wear it and he sent us a personalized video,” Dante adds.

The Bocce Bros and Youngstown Bocce have gone from participating in bocce tournaments to hosting them and now a blog is on the horizon along with how-to videos, all to grow the sport of bocce locally and beyond.

“Right now, again, he’s continuing to build the community and reach out to not only other petanque bars or clubs, but to combine our efforts and make sure this sport is heard and seen,” says Chris Lovell of The Bocce. Brothers.

The Bocce Bros and Youngstown Bocce are hosting their next tournament this Sunday at the MVR.

For more information and information on how to register, contact 330-318-2587 or 330-718-7853. The deadline to register is Friday, October 23.

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