DEL MAR — It’s already that time of year again, when teams will be vying for a win at the Vigilucci’s Beach Bocce World Championship XXXI at Dog Beach in Del Mar July 16.
Proceeds from the bocce-packed day will go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad.
Last year, the event netted almost $70,000. Although the tournament has existed for 31 years, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad have been the recipients of some generous donations for a handful of years.
“To date, over $650,000 has been raised for local Boys & Girls Clubs and the last five years have benefited Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad,” said Pat Maldi, director of Marketing and Special Events. “In addition, a small portion of the proceeds are given to the Del Mar Lifeguard Association to thank them for all they do to make the championship possible.”
Maldi describes the day as the calmest competitive environment anyone could ever see and brims with a true sense of community goodwill and spirit. The event was sold out in only one week.
“There is no other championship of its type so we claim the rights to the world,” Maldi said.
Most players come from different San Diego neighborhoods, while others travel from Northern California and out of state.
More than 350 teams are participating in the championship. Each team is made up of two players. So far, the players list consists of 130 teams in the Mens Beginner/Intermediate Division; 160 in the Mens Open Division; 40 in the Mixed Division; and 30 in the Womens Division.
A few hundred spectators are expected to drop by this year. Even if people aren’t on a team, Maldi said, they can still support the Boys and Girls Club through bidding on auction items, buying raffle tickets and making donations.
“All proceeds go directly to the operational support of Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad,” said Maldi, adding how its annual budget is just over $1 million. Although its members only pay a $25 annual fee, she said, the real annual cost is closer to $1,000.
“The funds raised at the championship bridge that gap,” she said.
For more information about Vigilucci’s Beach Bocce World Championship XXXI, call (760) 729-0207 or visit beachboccce.com. Complimentary parking will be at the Del Mar Racetrack and shuttle rides will be available throughout the day.