The 14th Annual Joey O Bocce Classic will be held IN PERSON and VIRTUALLY ON April 24th, 2022.
Because the health of you and your families is our top priority, we have decided to move forward with 2 event formats. We will limit the in person event to 32 teams and take precautions in accordance with CDC guidelines. You’ll want to register quickly if this is the option for you! Our second option will be a virtual event on the same day! The virtual event was a great success last year, so this might be a better option for those out of town folks who may decide not to travel. We are all in this together. Be on the lookout for full details and registration info in the coming weeks!
Joe O’Connell lost his fight with Cystic Fibrosis in November 2009, at the age of 32. He had spent three months fighting in the ICU at Duke University Hospital. During this time his wife, Kristy, gave birth to their daughter, Piper Rose.
Those that knew Joe remember his positive spirit, infectious laugh and zest for life. He was quite the character, life of the party, and friend to everyone. We are inspired by his energy, and continue the march forward in the battle against Cystic Fibrosis.
Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus. In the 1950s, few children with Cystic Fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF.