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In 1995, a group of bocce enthusiasts from the John Pirelli Lodge in Dayton Ohio, decided to host a small tournament on their grounds in an effort to promote the game and their Italian heritage to the surrounding community. The first tournament, played on five clay courts sported over 40 teams and was sparsely attended by those not familiar with the game. Little did Ed Guerriero, Pat Mosconi and Mike Longo know, that this little tournament would become the unofficial "Ohio State Championship" and introduce thousands to their favorite pastime.
Since those days, The Bocce Classic has grown into an annual 3 day event played with over 60 teams and attended by thousands of spectators. There are now six synthetically covered courts with a lighting system that allows play well into the evening hours.
Each year we get bigger and better, but every effort has been made to keep the flavor of the original tournament, while expanding its appeal to a wider range of persons in the community. Pasta and steak dinners, authentic Italian food and other to be announced events will serve as bookends to a great bocce tournament.
A significant portion of the net proceeds from the tournament go to local charities in the Dayton area.