San Mateo Bocce Club Hopes to Keep Tradition Alive

Mar 10, 2014 1123

The sport of bocce ball is played all over the world. In Northern California, it has traditionally been an Italian game, but as the community of Italian immigrants continues to shrink, one San Mateo social club is struggling to keep the tradition alive.

On Wednesday nights it's league play at the Peninsula Italian American Social Club. Two dozen people fill the echo-prone hall that houses the club's two bocce courts. One wall is painted to look like the view from a Tuscan veranda -- with stone archways and rolling hills. The other is covered with team photos dating back to the '70s when the bocce league first got started.

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