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.
It is our goal to provide our 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. Our program removes traditional barriers to athletic participation such as gender, skill, and financial resources. We emphasize team play through practice, and mobilize volunteers from within the community for support. Each of our programs is accompanied by post-game social events for players, parents and volunteers.
Participation in youth sports is declining despite the well documented physical, social, emotional and educational benefits. Kids drop out when they feel they are not good enough, or they are not having fun. Parents may be forced to withdraw their kids due to concerns about the cost, the time commitment, or an oppressive emphasis on winning. These restrictions disproportionately affect inner city and low income families.
The importance of building community has been highlighted in recent years- particularly in Baltimore where we started this program. Baltimore is known for pockets of wealthy neighborhoods within a city of severely limited resources. Just last year when increased poverty, crime rates and tension erupted, the large disparity between the communities was again highlighted. We have since expanded this program to all of our cities because of the positive outcome.
Whether it’s rooting for the same home team, representing your school as a player or making friends in a new neighborhood, sports bring communities together.
The Game Plan
Volo Kids removes the often-encountered barriers to participation
Our Unique Approach
- 1 Day: One day a week of each sport for the duration of the season. With multiple sports per season, each on a different night of the week, a child play every day and can experience a variety of sports with different teammates within the community. Kids can get active and get social all week long!
- Social Opportunity: Each 60 minutes of play is followed by a group huddle. In addition to snacks, this is an opportunity for kids to share their experience with their new friends, reflect on what they learned, and discuss what comes next.
- Volunteer Partnership: 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, and Volo Kids offers the perfect platform to do so.
Active, resilient, and confident kids with unlimited access to the power of play!