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OUR STAFF

NAYLA BAUTISTA​

PRESIDENT

FAVORITE SPORT: ALL THE SPORTS!​

Play provides a fun and engaging way for people of all ages to learn, grow and connect. In addition to experiencing the physical and mental benefits of being active, we learn how to support others, compete respectfully and be on a team - the benefits of which continue long after the play session has ended.

- Nayla

JEN RIFKIN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

FAVORITE SPORT: FLAG FOOTBALL

Play is so powerful for children because it gives them the opportunity to practice invaluable skills in a structured environment that they will carry with them through the rest of their lives. Simultaneously, it provides an opportunity to be active, be social, and have fun!

- Jen

KJ EVANS

NATIONAL
PROGRAM DIRECTOR

FAVORITE SPORT: BASKETBALL

Play provides a platform to compete, connect and learn. Play also offers individuals with similar interests access to one another, which is crucial in relationship building. Play has proven to be a tremendous outlet for young people to blow-off steam. Through play, Volo Kids is able to continue to evoke change in communities all-over the United States.

-KJ

AMBER WEINER

NATIONAL 
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

FAVORITE SPORT: SKEEBALL

Play is a universal language; it’s an experience that evokes our most inner child. It provides invaluable opportunities to connect with one another, explore personal interests, power our body and mind and nourish our soul. Play is the cornerstone to a healthy and active life, and EVERY kid deserves the access and opportunity to experience it.

-Amber 

KRISTEN OGLE

National Marketing Coordinator

Favorite Sport: Soccer

The opportunity to play is one of the most powerful things that a child can be introduced to. Play can give each child the ability to stay active, make friends, and learn the most valuable life lessons all while having fun! [kids] don't even realize they are building so much character - and that itself shows how powerful play is. Looking back, play has shaped me into who I am today!

-Kristen

JEFFRY PABON​

BOSTON PROGRAM AND OUTREACH MANAGER​

FAVORITE SPORT: FLAG FOOTBALL​

Play is an amazing, beautiful, and powerful aspect to any child’s development. Kids aren’t just learning how to dribble a basketball, how to throw a football, or pass a soccer ball. They are learning awesome life lessons such as how to work with others, how to become a leader, how to make decisions under pressure, and much much more!

- Jeffry

NICK VOTTA

D.C. PROGRAM AND OUTREACH MANAGER

FAVORITE SPORT: BASKETBALL

Play is so powerful because it allows kids to practice life skills that they will carry on as they grow older. Play gives you the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and build relationships that could last forever.

- Nick

KATI WOOD​

BALTIMORE PROGRAM AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR​

FAVORITE SPORT: VOLLEYBALL​

Children should get the chance to figure out what sports they like. Volo Kids provides the opportunity for children to explore all the sports and learn all new skills. These skills are also great for life and not just sports. Leadership and teamwork are big things learned on a sports field or courts and Volo Kids helps provide these important skills to all kids.

- Kati

KENZIE WILLIAMS

DENVER PROGRAM AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR

FAVORITE SPORT: ANY AND ALL!

Play is so powerful for kids because it gives them a chance to start figuring out what makes them so happy in life. It's amazing to see how play and sports can teach kids other character traits that they will use for the rest of their lives; leadership, teamwork, respect. I wouldn't be where I am today if I didn't have a coach who took the time to help me grow and believe in me.

- Kenzie

CHRIS TELLEZ

N.Y.C. PROGRAM AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR

FAVORITE SPORT: FLAG FOOTBALL

Everyone has their own experience when it comes to play. It is beautiful to see how universal play is, and how many souls I am able to touch being that I now coach kids from all over the world living in New York. From my experiences, play has become very personal to me- it is making sure that no matter who you are, where you are from, or how much you have - you have the ability to play.

- Chris

NICOLE KAMAL

SAN FRANCSICO PROGRAM AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR

FAVORITE SPORT: HOCKEY

Play is a crucial staple for youth development. It provides opportunities for character development, as well as, cognitive, social, physical and emotional well-being. Play allows kids to nurture relationships with both themselves and others while absorbing life skills and lessons that lead to confidence and a healthy self esteem. It is vital that kids are given time to be kids, that is the contribution I aspire to bring forth to our community. Play is the fuel for a happy and healthy future

- Nicole

JOSH HUESCA

SAN DIEGO PROGRAM AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR

FAVORITE SPORT: BASKETBALL

All children should have the opportunity to play! Play is so impactful, and powerful because it teaches kids life values like selflessness, leadership, loyalty, tenacity and so much more! Play can also be used as an outlet for kids to escape and depress. Play has made me the person I am today and taught me so much that I am grateful for!

-Josh

CALLI PFAFF

D.C PROGRAM AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR

FAVORITE SPORT: FOOTBALL

Play is important and crucial during both childhood as well as adulthood because it not only teaches individuals valuable lifelong lessons needed in order to thrive, but also gives them the opportunity to be social and have a healthy way to channel their energy and focus!

- Calli