John Anthony Cipullo Jr. passed away on May 16, 1992 at the young age of 24. Since his passing, family and friends have reverently commemorated him through various tournaments and events. That same year, the first annual John Anthony Cipullo 2-on-2 basketball tournament was born on the very same weekend that Johnny would have celebrated his birthday. As time passed it was decided that more support and participation would come from a bocce tournament. Thus in 2003, the first annual John Anthony Cipullo Bocce Tournament took over where the 2-on-2 left off.