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Bocce can't play just one

Students and seniors bond over ancient sport

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July 28th, 2015
Riderwood bocce
Riderwood bocce

Rid... bocce club had a unique opportunity for intergenerational fun earlier this year. The club hosted eight students from Springbrook High School’s Special Education Program for an afternoon of friendly competition on Riderwood’s bocce courts, which were installed last year. 

“As part of our outreach, we’ve hosted folks of all ages to play bocce with us. This spring, we thought it would be fun to share our love of bocce with a local high school program,” says resident George Galasso, who spearheaded the bocce court installation. “The event with Springbrook High, though, really stands out for its pure enjoyment.” 

Squaring off

A Riderwood bus picked the students up from school on an afternoon in May, and the competition commenced shortly after classes let out for the day. The students formed teams of four to take on four opposing Riderwood retirees on the outdoor bocce courts. 

The students’ parents and other residents gathered to watch and cheer on the teams. 

The teens had been playing bocce in their school gym, but this was their first time playing on an official court. The young people were thrilled to have the opportunity.

“They were absolutely terrific with their enthusiasm and competitive spirit,” George says.

The sun was shining, and the sky was blue on the late spring afternoon of the intergenerational bocce tournament. After the games, Douglas Remer, a teacher from Springbrook High, presented year-end achievement awards to the students, making the day even more special for them.

“These young people warmed our hearts and showed us once again how bocce draws people together,” George says. “We can’t wait to do it again.”