Welcome to the Volo City Foundation press page! Here you’ll find archives of our press releases, news clippings, and media. If you’re a journalist looking for a heart-warming story about getting youth active and engaged in their community, please reach out to our media contact below. We are happy to provide hi-res images for your story, as well.

Media Contact: 

Lindsay Sappington – 443.605.4705 – lindsay@sappingtonpr.com

Megan McCormack – 443.797.2245 – megan@sagesseinc.com

Press Releases

  • VOLO CITY TAKES FLIGHT NATIONWIDE WITH NEW UNIFIED BRAND AND KIDS FOUNDATION AT FREE LAUNCH PARTY (6/2/17)

    BALTIMORE, MD (May 30, 2017) – Volo City, previously known as Baltimore Social, a national sports organization, invites parents, children and members of the community to a free, outdoor festival on Saturday, June 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Port Covington area of Baltimore City at the fields across from Sagamore Spirit Distillery.

    Featuring a live band and DJ, kids play area, food trucks and adult beverages, the event will also feature tastings with Sagamore Rye, games with FX Studios and Pixelated photo booths.

    This will be a celebration for players, volunteers and families throughout Baltimore City as they launch the new Volo City national brand name and the Volo City Kids Foundation.

    It’s all about the kids at the event as they play and eat for free and can sign-up for the free Volo City Kids summer youth sports leagues.

    Volo City organizes adults and kids leagues in seven cities with more than 175,000 members nationwide. For every adult that plays, a kid plays for free through the Volo City Kids

    Foundation. In 2016 Volo City moved its offices to City Garage and declared Baltimore as its national headquarters location.

    Derived from the Italian word “to fly,” volo represents the organization’s mission to uplift communities, boost relationships and heighten the culture our cities. As Volo City continues to expand, it plans to add fitness and wellness classes, nutrition programs and highly competitive performance leagues to its offerings in the near future.

    “Volo City is much more than just sports and social play–we are a movement, connecting people in a meaningful way with a focus on wellness,” states Giovanni Marcantoni, CEO of Volo City. “We’re exciting for this new phase of the organization and proud to make Baltimore City our home base as we continue to expand nationally.”

    According to The Sage Policy Group economic analysis report, the Volo City Baltimore City operation supported approximately $8.1 million in economic impact in 2016 and is estimated to exceed $20 million by 2019. Adult player participants reached 35,000 in 2016 and will nearly double by 2019. In addition, Volo City will contribute $200,000 in state and city taxes this year.

    “Providing the opportunity for our youth to have fun and be active through quality programs is critical to the success of our city,” said Councilman Brandon Scott. “This is why I partnered with Volo City to start the kids leagues and continue to be a coach today. I see first-hand the difference of connecting caring adult volunteers with the kids makes in their lives.”

    Volo City Kids Foundation offers programs for youth ages 6 to 12, providing opportunities for children to learn, practice and play sports in a fun, structured environment. Connecting adult players and volunteers to children throughout the city is a pillar of the “purpose” component of the Volo City brand. The program offers a free meal at every league play and a variety of sports such as football, volleyball, soccer and sailing.

    EVENT INFO

    The Volo City National Brand Launch Party is free and open to the public. Please visit tinyurl.com/VoloCityEvent to register for the event. For more information about Volo City or the Volo City Kids Foundation, please visit volocity.org or volocityfoundation.org.

    About Volo City

    Volo City organizes adults and kids league in seven cities including Baltimore, Denver, New York City, Charleston, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C., with more than 175,000 members nationwide. For every adult that plays, a kid plays for free through the Volo City Kids Foundation. The mission is to create opportunities for social interactions that strengthen communities and provide economic impact.

    In 2015, Volo City launched the first Volo City Kids Foundation, a free athletics league for underprivileged youth, in Baltimore, and has since expanded the program to five cities across the U.S. In an effort to tie the cities together under one unified name, Baltimore Social rebranded in 2017 as Volo City and named Baltimore as its official headquarters.

    Volo City was founded as Baltimore Social in 2010 by CEO Giovanni Marcantoni. Derived from the Italian word “to fly,” volo represents the organization’s mission to uplift communities, boost relationships and heighten the culture of our cities. With six full-time employees, two interns and 110 part-time league hosts, Volo City offers 330 leagues encompassing 12 sports.

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  • BmoreKids Sports Hires First Executive Director (5/19/16)

    BmoreKids Sports Hires First Executive Director

     

    Baltimore, Md. (May 19, 2016, 2016)—BmoreKids, a new non-profit youth sports league founded by casual sports league Baltimore Social, is pleased to announce that Nayla Bautista has joined as the organization’s first Executive Director.

    Bautista recently relocated to Baltimore from New York City, where she served as Director of Finance and Operations for Mo’ Motion, a non-profit that provides basketball training, clinics and leagues for neighborhood children and teens. In that role, she developed and executed a strategic growth plan, built and streamlined financial operations, and established an internship program with opportunities for both high school and college students.

    BmoreKids Sports has set a goal of getting 10,000 kids active in casual sports leagues it produces by 2017, and believes it can expand on the base that it built in 2015 when the company started offering a free youth flag football clinic at the Herring Run Recreation Center.

    “Nayla has the exact skills and spirit we were looking for to lead our new organization,” said BmoreKids founder Giovanni Marcantoni. “She has a clear track record of engaging communities through social sports, and we are excited for her plans for BmoreKids.”

    To accomplish its goal, the non-profit is working to create more partnerships, including with the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation, from which the organization must obtain permits.

    “Getting kids active, especially underserved kids, is an important building block for creating better communities,” said Bautista. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to help make Baltimore the most active city in the country.”

    BmoreKids intends to provide kids leagues for free without barrier to entry, regardless of ability, gender or financial status. Programs will offer 75 minutes of instruction and play, with volunteer coaches, referees and equipment. The organization is looking to offer flag football, soccer, volleyball, and T-ball, as well as more unusual sports such as bocce ball and sailing. BmoreKids leagues will meet at the same time and at the same place each week. Spring and summer schedules are posted on the organization website: http://bmorekids.org.

    BmoreKids is looking to partner with local food and drink companies to provide beverages and snacks for kids sessions. As a non-profit, BmoreKids can also now accept tax-deductible charitable donations from individuals and corporations.

    About BmoreKids

    BmoreKids is a new non-profit dedicated to getting Baltimore City’s youth active through casual sports. The organization was founded in 2015 by Giovanni Marcantoni, CEO of Baltimore’s premier casual sports league, Baltimore Social. Providing youth leagues for flag football, soccer, volleyball, and T-ball, as well as more unusual sports such as bocce ball and sailing, BmoreKids seeks to encourage Baltimore’s youth to live active and healthy social lives.

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  • BmoreKids Sports Launches Free Youth Leagues (5/18/16)

    BmoreKids Sports Launches Free Youth Leagues

     

    Weekly games start the week of June 6; Kickoff event June 18

     

    Baltimore, Md. (May 18, 2016)—BmoreKids, a youth sports league founded by adult social sports league Baltimore Social, is pleased to announce the kickoff of its summer youth leagues: Flag Football, Soccer and Grass Volleyball. The leagues will begin meeting weekly at the Herring Run Rec Center (5001 Sinclair Lane, Baltimore, Md. 21206) and are open to any child ages 6 – 12. Leagues last for seven weeks, which includes one week of playoffs.

    BmoreKids Sports will also hold a free summer kickoff event on June 18 at the Herring Run Rec Center. The event will feature sports, games, prizes, music and food.

    “As schools let out for summer, we’re looking to be an outlet for kids who might not be able to afford other typical types of summer activities,” said BmoreKids Sports Executive Director Nayla Bautista. “We believe that getting more kids active not only helps them live healthier lives, but also helps them develop stronger bonds within their own and neighboring communities.”

    BmoreKids Sports provides communities with an opportunity to learn, practice and play a variety of sports in a fun but structured environment at no cost to the family. Programs offer 75 minutes of instruction and play, with staff, referees and equipment, and are designed to remove barriers to participation such as gender, skill level, and financial resources. The organization is planning to expand to T-ball, and a few more unusual sports such as bocce ball and sailing in the future.

    The non-profit has set a goal of getting 10,000 kids active in casual sports leagues it produces by 2017, and believes it can expand on the base that it built in 2015 when the company started offering a free youth flag football clinic at the Herring Run Recreation Center.

    BmoreKids is looking to partner with local food and drink companies who can contribute beverages and snacks for the post-game events. As a non-profit, BmoreKids can also now accept tax-deductible charitable donations from individuals and corporations.

    About BmoreKids

    BmoreKids is a new nonprofit dedicated to getting Baltimore City’s youth active and connected to their communities through casual sports. The organization was founded in 2015 by Giovanni Marcantoni, CEO of Baltimore’s premier casual sports league, Baltimore Social. Providing youth leagues for flag football, soccer, volleyball, and T-ball, as well as more unusual sports such as bocce ball and sailing, BmoreKids seeks to encourage Baltimore’s youth to live active and healthy social lives.

  • BmoreKids Sports Receives Nonprofit Status (3/14/16)

    BmoreKids Seeks to Get Kids off the Couch and Excited about Sports

    Baltimore Social’s Free Youth Leagues for Baltimore Kids return This Fall

     

    Baltimore, Md. (August 31, 2015)—Baltimore Social, the largest casual sports league in Baltimore, is pleased to announce the return of its free youth league, Bmore Kids Sports. The league for children ages 6-11 is intended to provide an outlet for Baltimore kids to get active this fall playing flag football. Baltimore Social is mostly known for its unusual choice of sport leagues such as Bocce and Skeeball with an emphasis on social interaction over competition.

    The leagues kick off at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, September 15th at the Herring Run Rec Center, located at 5001 Sinclair Lane in Baltimore. The football league will run each Tuesday from 4:30 – 6 p.m., and includes a five-week season. Each week, participating children will learn football fundamentals with other kids in their age group, and will play a game.

     

    The program is entirely free, thanks to the generous support of both corporate and member sponsors. Corporate sponsors include Donahoo Collison Center, Laundry City, Regional Management, and Rowen Concrete. Members of Baltimore Social’s adult leagues can Sponsor a Kid, where the member can pay for a ½ or full membership. Youth Membership includes a team shirt and equipment, as well as covering costs for permits, insurance and referees.

    “The kids had so much fun when we tried this out last summer that we knew we had to bring it back,” says Baltimore Social founder and CEO Giovanni Marcantoni. “We hope to continue to offer and expand on these types of programs, and hope to widen our support for this program through both our membership and corporate sponsors. Our city needs these types of programs, and we’re happy to do our part.”

    BmoreKids Sports is committed to creating an environment that is truly focused on kids having fun as well as convenient for working parents with busy schedules, incorporating a one-stop practice and play philosophy—one trip, once a week. The league is designed as a community effort to bring city kids the opportunity to play sports this fall, without competitive pressure, in an organized manner, mixing fun, sport and socializing with other kids. Each league features plenty of playing time for every child in a setting that demonstrates examples of good sportsmanship from teammates, coaches, and parents. Police officers and firemen will donate their time as volunteer coaches.

  • BmoreKids Seeks to Get Kids off the Couch and Excited about Sports (8/31/15)

    With New 501(c)3 status, BmoreKids Seeks to Expand Free Youth Sports Programs

    New non-profit sets goal of 10,000 active kids by 2017.

    Baltimore, Md. (March 14, 2016)—BmoreKids, a youth sports league founded by casual sports league Baltimore Social, is pleased to announce that it has officially obtained non-profit status, and will use its new designation to expand free youth sports programs this year.

    The non-profit has set a goal of getting 10,000 kids active in casual sports leagues it produces by 2017, and believes it can expand on the base that it built in 2015 when the company started offering a free youth flag football clinic at the Herring Run Recreation Center.

    “We want to make it simple for both kids and adults to get involved,” said BmoreKids founder and CEO Giovanni Marcantoni. “Not only do we believe this will help kids live more active, healthy social lives, but we also expect this to have an economic impact in the region by creating jobs, both directly and indirectly.”

    To accomplish its goal, the new non-profit is looking to create more partnerships, including with the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation, from which the organization must obtain permits.

    “We’re looking to work closely with the City to make these programs a reality for as many kids as possible,” said Marcantoni. “We believe that getting kids involved in casual sports leagues will have a lasting impact on their lives and benefits the city.”

    BmoreKids intends to provide kids leagues for free without barrier to entry, regardless of ability, gender or financial status. Programs will offer 75 minutes of instruction and play, with professional staff, referees and equipment. The organization is looking to offer flag football, soccer, volleyball, and T-ball, as well as more unusual sports such as bocce ball and sailing. BmoreKids leagues will meet at the same time and at the same place each week. A full schedule will be announced in the coming months.

    BmoreKids is looking to partner with local food and drink companies to provide beverages and snacks for kids sessions. As a non-profit, BmoreKids can also now accept tax-deductible charitable donations from individuals and corporations.

BmoreKids Sports Hires First Executive Director

 

Baltimore, Md. (May 19, 2016, 2016)—BmoreKids, a new non-profit youth sports league founded by casual sports league Baltimore Social, is pleased to announce that Nayla Bautista has joined as the organization’s first Executive Director.

Bautista recently relocated to Baltimore from New York City, where she served as Director of Finance and Operations for Mo’ Motion, a non-profit that provides basketball training, clinics and leagues for neighborhood children and teens. In that role, she developed and executed a strategic growth plan, built and streamlined financial operations, and established an internship program with opportunities for both high school and college students.

BmoreKids Sports has set a goal of getting 10,000 kids active in casual sports leagues it produces by 2017, and believes it can expand on the base that it built in 2015 when the company started offering a free youth flag football clinic at the Herring Run Recreation Center.

“Nayla has the exact skills and spirit we were looking for to lead our new organization,” said BmoreKids founder Giovanni Marcantoni. “She has a clear track record of engaging communities through social sports, and we are excited for her plans for BmoreKids.”

To accomplish its goal, the non-profit is working to create more partnerships, including with the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation, from which the organization must obtain permits.

“Getting kids active, especially underserved kids, is an important building block for creating better communities,” said Bautista. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to help make Baltimore the most active city in the country.”

BmoreKids intends to provide kids leagues for free without barrier to entry, regardless of ability, gender or financial status. Programs will offer 75 minutes of instruction and play, with volunteer coaches, referees and equipment. The organization is looking to offer flag football, soccer, volleyball, and T-ball, as well as more unusual sports such as bocce ball and sailing. BmoreKids leagues will meet at the same time and at the same place each week. Spring and summer schedules are posted on the organization website: http://bmorekids.org.

BmoreKids is looking to partner with local food and drink companies to provide beverages and snacks for kids sessions. As a non-profit, BmoreKids can also now accept tax-deductible charitable donations from individuals and corporations.

About BmoreKids

BmoreKids is a new non-profit dedicated to getting Baltimore City’s youth active through casual sports. The organization was founded in 2015 by Giovanni Marcantoni, CEO of Baltimore’s premier casual sports league, Baltimore Social. Providing youth leagues for flag football, soccer, volleyball, and T-ball, as well as more unusual sports such as bocce ball and sailing, BmoreKids seeks to encourage Baltimore’s youth to live active and healthy social lives.

In the News

Baltimore Social looks to expand sports leagues for youth with BmoreKids

Cool Progeny Features BmoreKids Sports Summer 2016

cool progeny_bmoreKids Summer 2016

The Daily Record: Baltimore Social creates new youth sports leagues

Baltimore Brew: Baltimore Social launches free summer youth league

WBAL TV: Local organization uses flag football to reach Baltimore Youth