Remembering Zander

1941-2021 

The Burlington Bocce Club would like to recognize the tremendous effort and achievement of Zander Ponzo in bringing the wonderful game of bocce to Burlington. Zanders’ vision for a Burlington Bocce club was born during a trip to New Zealand. With help from the city, the local  Bosnian community, and the Vermont Italian Club,  Zander 

led the  effort for funding and the construction of our two original courts built in 2007.  Along with being its founder,  Zander  served as club president for several years. He was a very skilled player. He was always difficult to beat and always willing to share his love of bocce with others. The original club had about 20 members. Last year’s club embership approached 200 players of all ages and backgrounds.  Zanders’ quest  became a reality! 

We are proud to name our two novice tournaments in his honor, the Zander  Ponzo Novice Singles and the Zander Ponzo Novice Doubles Tournaments. This seems very fitting in that Zander has brought so many to the game of bocce. We will miss his presence and be forever grateful for his gift.

The Burlington Bocce Club 2021