Bocce Ball Lessons at Villanova Prep in Ojai Sept. 10
Back by popular demand, Villanova Prep will host another morning event called Beginner’s Bocce Day on Saturday September 10 from 10 am to noon to introduce the fun and easy-to-learn sport to family and friends. Participants will receive group instruction to learn to play and get ready for the Bocce for Books tournament set for October 8th. The October tournament will fund scholarships for local area day students.
The first Beginner’s Bocce Day on August 13, attracted about 40 people who paid a $5 entry fee per person for group bocce instruction. A delicious “Bon Appetit” catered luncheon will once again be available for purchase after the lesson.
RSVP by calling 805-646-1464 ext. 126.
“Villanova is committed to admitting all qualified students, regardless of income, and assisting them in meeting the financial responsibilities of a private Catholic education,” says Fr. Greg Heidenblut, O.S.A. “We are pleased to introduce the sport of Bocce to Villanova particularly because it can be played by all ages.”
Heidenblut is Villanova’s president and the captain of the Holy Rollers Bocce team that will be competing in the tournament. Father Tom Davis, OSA, Associate Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Ojai is also on the Holy Rollers team.
Bocce is one of the world’s oldest sports, discovered over 5,000 years ago and played ever since, starting with Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Bocce is truly an international sport, played all over the world in various forms and was brought to the United States primarily by Italian immigrants after the first World War.
October 8, 10 am to 3 pm is the Bocce for Books Tournament and Italian Festival. Villanova has booked a great Italian band called TammurriataRock to play during lunch.
The entry fee starts at $500 per 4-person team and goes up to $3,000 for the fabulous Villanova Gold sponsor package. The teams will enjoy a delicious catered Italian Lunch, olive oil and wine tasting, and prizes. Lunch/tasting tickets only are $30 per person for adults, $15 for children under 12.