“The opposite of play is not work – the opposite of play is depression.” — Brian Sutton-Smith
I started thinking about this a few years ago while watching a couple in their sixties playing bocce with a twenty-something Hispanic couple. Even though age and language were barriers… they were laughing, encouraging each other, and enjoying the game.
That’s when I realized the power of play to change our community… and that I could be an advocate for play in the public space.
Initiative #1: Frederick Bocce
The purpose of Frederick Bocce is to promote and enjoy the game of bocce.
Bocce can be played by all age groups and is wheelchair friendly – making it a sport that is open to just about everyone.
Currently we play on the grass, however in partnership with Friends of Baker Park and the City of Frederick, we are building four permanent bocce courts in Baker Park across from the iconic Carillon (Bell Tower).
Initiative #2: Chess Tables in the Park
In early 2017 while watching the program “60 Minutes: Chess in the Bible Belt“ my thought was, why is this not happening in Frederick?
OK, maybe that would be overly ambitious however bringing chess nerds (and wannabes like me) out of the house and into the public space… that might be doable.
At the time I was just starting to promote Frederick Bocce (Initiative #1) with my co-conspirator. Here’s what I’ve learned… it is a lot of work, and a long and slow process to engage stakeholders and secure funding. Not a complaint, just an observation 🙂
I searched for local chess clubs and could not find any organized groups back then. Recently I found the “Frederick Chess Club“… so it begins.