Unlock the Power of Play for Every Kid, Everywhere
Volo Kids is on a mission to use play to build communities of active, resilient, and confident kids.
With nearly 11.8 million kids in the United States living in poverty; household income, housing instability, food insecurity, and a lack of physical activity are among the many factors that drive disparities in health outcomes (U.S. Census Bureau, 2019). Childhood obesity impacts 13.7 million children and adolescents and can lead to the early onset of diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol.
Higher physical activity among kids is associated with lower obesity rates, less smoking or other drug use, lower levels of depression, and higher self-esteem. Participation in youth sports is declining despite these well documented physical, social, emotional and educational benefits (The Aspen Institute Project Play, 2019). Low income parents, focused on meeting the basic needs of their families, may be forced to withdraw their kids from sports due to concerns about the cost, time commitment, safety, and transportation.
The Volo Kids Foundation believes in unlocking the power play by making opportunities for youth sports more accessible for all kids.
Why We Play
- Introduces kids to a healthy, active lifestyle
- Teaches kids the fundamentals of sports in a safe, structured environment
- Combats childhood obesity through structured play
- Teaches skills in overcoming adversity
- Provides a strong, supportive network of coaches and mentors
Our Unique Approach
Variety of Offerings. With multiple sports per season, each on a different day of the week, we encourage our kids to sample a variety of sports.
Inclusive & Diverse Play. Kids programming is offered in a variety of communities across our cities. We promote all opportunities to play to all kids, which results in a diverse group of players from a variety of neighborhoods, backgrounds and experience levels.
Strong Mentors. Our structured environment is supervised by volunteers from within the community as well as from our neighborhood adult Volo Sports Leagues. Volo adult members are young professionals who are looking to get involved and give back to their communities. Volo Kids offers the perfect platform to do so.
Dedicated Social Time. Each session of play is followed by a group huddle. In addition to snacks, this is an opportunity for kids to interact with coaches, share their experience with their new friends, reflect on what they learned, and discuss what comes next.
Character Development. Volo Kids Volunteers engage kids in character development exercises that focus on topics such as leadership, teamwork, concentration, and the importance of practice. These skills, combined with structured play, promote active, resilient, and confident kids.
Active, resilient, and confident kids with unlimited access to the power of play!