Baltimore Social’s Youth League Heads into Spring with Nonprofit Status

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At BmoreKids' first edition in 2015.
At BmoreKids’ first edition in 2015 (photo by Stephen Babcock)

Baltimore Social’s sports league for kids has a new status as the company looks to expand the program.

What started as a youth flag football league at Herring Run Recreation Center last year is now officially a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. With the new status, Baltimore Social is looking to expand with more leagues this year, and wants to get 10,000 kids active by 2017. The company is also looking to add sports like T-ball, soccer and, since this is Baltimore Social, bocce.

Baltimore Social made its name organizing sports leagues for adults. But last year, CEO Giovanni Marcantoni told us the company realized they could also address the need of providing sports leagues for city kids.

Other than the lack of beer after the game, the big difference is the fact that the youth programs are free to participants. The nonprofit status allows them to raise money to fund the leagues. They also want to partner with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department who can provide permitting, as well as food and drink companies who can provide snacks. He said he also thinks members of the adult leagues will be willing to donate or even sponsor a team.

“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.”

 



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