We started out in 2010 as a small team of 16 people who met up each week on top of Baltimore’s Federal Hill Park to play ball. Bocce volo was our first ever league sport, a form of overhand or “fly” bocce that we’d play on grass fields. Our mission was humble and intent: create a fun and active community that removed social barriers and made it easy for anyone to participate.
Today that 16-person team has grown to over 125,000 members across eight cities (and counting!), from grassy San Francisco parks to Denver’s snow-capped terrain to the concrete lots of Manhattan.
While our name and size have changed, our core values have remained the same. We stay dedicated to always :
- Treat people as equals
- Remove barriers to entry—despite age, gender or ability
- Create value for our communities
- Give the same effort for a 10 person event as we would for 1,000
We play so kids can play for free
We launched our first youth league at Herring Run Rec Center in Baltimore in an attempt to expand our adult leagues into a profitable arm for kids. But we quickly realized that in order to create a truly inclusive environment, we had to remove a major economic barrier—so we let kids play free.
This “happy accident” quickly turned into the passion that drives us. The Volo Kids Foundation is our 501(c)3 non-profit organization, providing leagues in each of our cities for kids ages 6-12 years of all genders, abilities, and races to play at zero cost to their families.
Volo City Kids provides free organized sports for the kids of Baltimore, Denver, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC
Our programs remove barriers to athletic participation such as gender, skill, and financial resources while bringing different communities together.
- Teach team play through our youth league play
- Connect communities by including volunteers from within the community as well as young professionals from Volo City Social Sports leagues
- Invest in community building by providing post-game social events for our players, parents and volunteers, which include food provided by local businesses.