Our story

Since day one, hard work and dedication has guided our journey and helped us make a difference in the lives of over 700,000 kids worldwide.

Our Story

Our Fearless Founders

Carmella and Mark Gelgor came to Canada with nothing more than an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for helping kids get active. They dreamed of sharing their love for sports with as many children as possible, which led to a big idea.

The Gelgor Family - Founders of Sportball
Humble Beginnings


Humble beginnings

The very first Sportball program was held in Toronto, Canada, in 1995 with only 3 kids. We were one of the first companies to incorporate principles of early childhood education into sports training for kids 12 and under.



Exciting Growth

Sportball quickly outgrew Toronto. We opened more Canadian locations in 2003, then opened our first U.S. location in 2005 and our first Asia-based location in 2009. As our global reach grew, so did our family of passionate coaches who believed in teaching Sportball methodology. As part of opening these locations, our team grew and became a family of coaches who were passionate about our methodology and impact.

Sportball locations
Our Team


A Bright Future

With 900+ locations operating around the world, the momentum for Sportball is only growing. We’ve recently introduced a new brand identity, invited some new and exciting faces to our leadership team, and secured a financial investment that will help us reach even more children globally.

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