The other week I was talking to Councilman Nick Della Volpe on the finer points of Icantrememberwhat, when he told me that he had to go, that he was in line at the library.

He called back within moments, saying that he was there to brush up on bocce rules. Bocce. According to United States Bocce Federation, “Beginning with Emperor Augustus, Bocce became the sport of statesman and rulers.”

I didn’t think much of it at the time, but then I see Donila’s blog about this release – from Knox County:

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will participate in an inaugural game of bocce ball at the first framed, public bocce ball court in Knox County. The court is officially opening just in time for the long Memorial Day weekend.

The game will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 24 at Strickland Park located at 4618 Asheville Hwy. Mayor Burchett will be joined by Knoxville City Councilman Nick Della Volpe, CEMEX representatives who have adopted the park and members of the community. Other elected officials may be in attendance.

The recently-framed bocce ball court at Strickland Park is the first of its kind in Knox County. The court and bocce sets, which can be checked out next door at the Burlington Library, are free and open to the public.

The sport of statesmen and rulers, indeed. Mayors and councilmen too. Remember that when you’re hanging with your family this summer at the beach, hurling big shperes at little white balls.


About Gerald

A journalist in Knoxville, TN. Work (mostly) inside and play (mostly) outside. I'm a part of the X or the Y generation. None of us claim the other.
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