We like to think we’ve spent the past few years doing something special. We started by leasing a vacant Chicago lot and transforming it into a public bocce ball park. The lot had been forgotten about for over 30 years and was overwrought with waist-high weeds and garbage dumping. We leveled it by hand, laid down about 20,000 pounds of sand and oyster shell, added a grill and some picnic tables, and made a second home.
Since then we’ve built several other courts, hosted leagues and events for thousands of bocce players, and discovered that this simple sport has a powerful impact on peoples lives. Once we worked out all of the kinks, we realized that we were sitting on a contagious business model that maybe the four of us couldn’t handle all on our own. That’s when Wicker Park Bocce Club became American Bocce Co.
Not everyone reading this has been part of one of our bocce ball leagues. Well, first off, we’re trying to change that and, secondly, it’s difficult to succinctly capture the experience. The manner in which we provide the sport is highly social and allows for a special alchemy of camaraderie and competition. Leagues become communities and players become families. Feedback typically falls somewhere between “it’s the highlight of my week” and “bocce ball has changed my life”.
We echo the sentiments.
If you haven’t seen the affects of an American Bocce Co. league yet, you will soon. That’s our promise to you. American Bocce Company will be your host to the best social sport league in any city that will have us. If you’re familiar with us than you know what we’re talking about; there’s something beautiful about this sport.