Fight over bocce club allowing women to play - Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston

Fight over bocce club allowing women to play

Posted: Updated:
Bocce ball controversy Bocce ball controversy
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

69-year-old John Bourbakis drove trucks filled with raw meat for 32 years. Now, he plays a lawn sport with plastic spheres for up to eight hours a day.

"Some players over here don't like the women to play with us," Bourbakis said.

"I have a lot of fights with them," former Brooklyn bocce champ Maria Manzola said of some of the men with whom Bourbakis plays. "I put up with a lot of garbage. The other morning I wanted to play. All of them went home."

Bourbakis plans to put a stop to that trend. He's running for president of Brooklyn's Marine Park bocce club on a platform of inclusion and equality.

"We don't want anybody to discriminate," he said.

But Bourbakis seems unlikely to run unopposed. A bloc of his constituents would like to block the progressive bocce-ball he's set into motion."

"I can't stop it," club member Ron Coehn said. "I don't like it. But I can't stop it."

Coehn says women make the game less competitive, but he still respects the opinions of his club-mates who disagree with him.

Not everyone in the club feels the same.

"I want nothing to do with this nonsense these people are perpetrating," one player said. "Nothing."

Leave it to a 28-century-old lawn sport to start a shouting match between retired men in the park.

"We're like brothers," Coehn said. "We're here all the time."

But Bourbakis sees those unwilling to welcome some sisters to the family as behind the bocce ball. He says the club needs new faces and genders to keep the courts maintained and the club alive.

"We don't want the organization to go down," Bourbakis said. "We want it to progress."

And so, with election season just three months away, in Marine Park Anthony Weiner's past seems an afterthought to the bocce ball's future.

  • Brooklyn NewsBrooklyn NewsMore>>

  • Funeral for man who died after NYPD choke hold arrest

    Funeral for man who died after NYPD choke hold arrest

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:46:09 GMT
    An overflow crowd packed a church on Wednesday night for the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent choke hold. Eric Garner's relatives stopped in front of his open casket, some weeping and wailing. A preacher opened the service at Brooklyn's Bethel Baptist Church with a mix of solemn prayer and an organ-backed gospel medley.
    An overflow crowd packed a church on Wednesday night for the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent choke hold. Eric Garner's relatives stopped in front of his open casket, some weeping and wailing. A preacher opened the service at Brooklyn's Bethel Baptist Church with a mix of solemn prayer and an organ-backed gospel medley.
  • Bloomberg flies to Israel in show of support

    Bloomberg flies to Israel in show of support

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:12:27 GMT
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel via a commercial El Al flight despite an FAA ban on U.S.-based airlines flying to Tel Aviv. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Bloomberg on the tarmac outside the El Al jet Wednesday at Ben Gurion International Airport.
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel via a commercial El Al flight despite an FAA ban on U.S.-based airlines flying to Tel Aviv. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Bloomberg on the tarmac outside the El Al jet Wednesday at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Two babies get herpes during ritual circumcision

    Two babies get herpes during ritual circumcision

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:06:48 GMT
    The New York City Department of Health has issued an alert after two babies were diagnosed with neonatal herpes this month after undergoing a ritual Jewish circumcision called metzitzah b'peh.  In this type of circumcision the mohel sucks blood directly from the infant's cut penis.  The infants need to be hospitalized and treated with intravenous acyclovir.
    The New York City Department of Health has issued an alert after two babies were diagnosed with neonatal herpes this month after undergoing a ritual Jewish circumcision called metzitzah b'peh.  In this type of circumcision the mohel sucks blood directly from the infant's cut penis.  The infants need to be hospitalized and treated with intravenous acyclovir.
Powered by WorldNow

KRIV FOX 26
4261 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

Phone: (713) 479-2801
Fax: (713) 479-2859

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices