Bocce Tournament Raises Funds for Cancer

Petch bowls during a heated match of bocce

On Saturday, June 11 Cindy and Mike Canevari hosted a Backyard Bocce Tournament at their home to benefit the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). The tournament featured 17 teams who competed against each other for the title of champion.

The ACS CAN is a non-profit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials to make and keep cancer a national priority. They are the leading nationwide grassroots movement that advances the cancer community’s interests at all level of government; local, state and federal.

A survivor of both breast cancer and bladder cancer, Cindy understands the importance of keeping the issues related to cancer in front of the minds of legislators and decision makers. As State Ambassador for ACS CAN, Cindy has been involved for years raising funds for cancer research and developed this event, with her husband Mike, to raise awareness and understanding for the disease.

“[Bocce] is what we play on the weekends at our house so we thought it would be fun to invite some friends for an exciting afternoon for a great cause,” commented Cindy.

Bocce is played between two teams on a 16’ natural or asphalt court. The game is started by one player throwing a smaller ball, the Jack, to the opposite side of the bocce court. The objective for the players is to bowl their bocce balls as close to the Jack as possible. The team that is closest to the Jack is the only team that can receive points in that frame. The scoring team receives one point for each of their balls that are closer to the Jack than the closest ball of the opposing team. Games are typically played to a score of 7, 11 or 13 depending on the house rules.

Cindy and Mike’s Backyard Bocce Tournament was a double elimination tournament with two individuals on each team. The event also included delicious Italian food, music and movies to celebrate the Italian culture and the Italian American community.

This year will be the 10th anniversary of ACS CAN. Since 2001 has helped states to pass cigarette tax laws, increase funding for cancer and medical research and supported access to quality, affordable health care. During the week of September 18 ACS CAN will be holding a celebration of their tenth anniversary across the nation. For information about ACS CAN visit