Woman nicknamed ‘The Kickball Cupid’ BANNED from Tinder after using dating app to recruit players


A math teacher nicknamed “Kickball Cupid” from Rhode Island cleverly recruited more than 40 players for her local team via Tinder, before being banned for life from the dating app.

When Gianna Pecchia, from Warwick, first joined Tinder, she was simply looking to meet people, but the idea quickly occurred to her in July 2021 that the platform could do more than just find her a romantic partner .

‘[Dating] I was under a lot of pressure and wanted to meet people in a more organic way. Then I realized I love meeting people in Kickball… If I could get all my matches to meet in real life, it would be a lot less pressure,’ Gianna told DailyMail.com .

The 30-year-old used the app as a launch pad to meet and interview potential members of her adult kickball league, Clubwaka, formerly known as the World Kickball Association.

“I kind of interviewed people based on their personalities,” Gianna previously told the boston globe earlier. “We would go to dinner and say, here are some league people and we would all vibe and if you were interested, great. If you weren’t, that’s fine too.

During her recruitment, Gianna found more than 46 players. But his efforts were somewhat frustrated when Tinder banned her from the platform for violating corporate recruiting guidelines.

“One day I went to log in and it said you’re banned for life. For life! That seems a bit harsh. So that had a huge chilling effect on my recruitment,” said Gianna clubwaka.

Since the ban, Gianna has continued to recruit on other dating apps, such as BumbleFF and says that although she is “very single”, she still hopes to find love on the regular Bumble app.

Gianna Pecchia, 30, nicknamed “Kickball Cupid” from Rhode Island, cleverly recruited – and paired – more than 46 players for her team via Tinder

The 30-year-old used the app as a launch pad to meet and interview potential members of her adult kickball league, Clubwaka, formerly known as the World Kickball Association.

The 30-year-old used the app as a launch pad to meet and interview potential members of her adult kickball league, Clubwaka, formerly known as the World Kickball Association.

But her efforts were somewhat frustrated when Tinder banned her from the platform for violating corporate recruiting guidelines.

But her efforts were somewhat frustrated when Tinder banned her from the platform for violating corporate recruiting guidelines.

Gianna said she was inspired to bring more people to her team because kickball helped her deal with her social anxiety.

She was invited to join by a friend and suffered a panic attack on her first run in the field, which left her upset.

“I was p*ssed because I paid for it and never wanted to go back,” she said.

However, the tide soon turned around when she met the team commissioner’s wife, who had also suffered a panic attack when she first practiced the sport, and met her husband in the league.

“And I’ll never forget… she said ‘I’m not saying you’ll find a husband in this league, but it’s amazing and you should give it a chance. “And I did! And now I’m bringing all these singles,” Gianna added.

Since then, his anxiety has improved considerably.

‘It was really bad. I’m definitely not the athletic type. Sport has never been my thing, but I’ve met some of my best friends in this league and they’re such great people that I just want to extend that to others,’ Gianna told DailyMail.com .

Since the ban, Gianna has continued to recruit on other dating apps, such as BumbleFF and said that although she is

Since the ban, Gianna has continued to recruit on other dating apps, such as BumbleFF and said that although she is “very single”, she still hopes to find love on the regular Bumble app.

Gianna said she was inspired to bring more people to her team because kickball helped her deal with her social anxiety.  Above, Gianna (second from left) with league friends

Gianna said she was inspired to bring more people to her team because kickball helped her deal with her social anxiety. Above, Gianna (second from left) with league friends

Gianna said that during her unconventional recruitment process, she always made sure to be honest and direct with potential candidates,

‘…I’m like, ‘I guess you read my profile, and you match[ed] with me because you want to play kickball?” Kickball Cupid said, adding that she always sends the first message.

She would then add all potential players/matches to a Facebook group chat, where they would have light conversations. If they were still interested, they would be welcome to meet the team at a restaurant, USA today reported.

‘I usually get… ‘I’d like to join because I’m looking to make new friends, but I’m not very good at kickball.’ And I’m like, perfect. Or, I get ”I haven’t played kickball since elementary school. “Like, who has? Gianna said.

But Gianna believes his recruiting went beyond filling positions for the team and getting the players to a place where they found a family that would understand and welcome them.

“Whether they want to connect or find a relationship, many of them are looking for friends or form in their lives,” Gianna told Clubwaka.

“I was like, not only will I be your friend, but I’ll give you a whole league of friends. The way I sell it to people is right there in my profile: I’m looking for you to join my kickball team because they’ll get mad if I don’t want to hang out with them.

Gianna's club backed the smart scout, applauding his innovative thinking

Gianna’s club backed the smart scout, applauding his innovative thinking

“Last August, I met Gianna on BumbleBFF and asked her about the kickball league… I signed up the same week in time for the fall Clubwaka Kickball league.  And right now we're playing spring league again,' Lauren Richards wrote on Facebook.

“Last August, I met Gianna on BumbleBFF and asked her about the kickball league… I signed up the same week in time for the fall Clubwaka Kickball league. And right now we’re playing spring league again,’ Lauren Richards wrote on Facebook.

The math teacher says that Kickball has changed her life and she is now the social coordinator for charity events organized by Clubwaka.

“I went from social anxiety to social butterfly,” Gianna told DailyMailcom.

His rookies echoed Gianna’s stance on Kickball and the club backed the smart scout, applauding his innovative thinking.

“Last August, I met Gianna on BumbleBFF and asked her about the kickball league… I signed up the same week in time for the fall Clubwaka Kickball league. And right now we are playing Spring League again,’ Lauren Richards wrote on Facebook.

“Thanks to Gianna, I’ve met some of my best friends, and I couldn’t be more grateful… Gianna, you’re a ROCKSTAR!!! We’ve met so many amazing people because of you. Join the Leagues of Clubwaka kickball was one of the best decisions I made as an adult.

Clubwaka also said in a statement: ‘…we all share a common need to make real connections and lifelong friendships. It’s happening in our fun and welcoming space that Gianna introduced 46 people to. We are so happy they have joined the family and increased the fun in the CLUBWAKA community.

In a statement to USA todayTinder said Gianna was “appropriately banned for violating one of our Community Guidelines[S]’, and the app would not ‘provide an official statement on the details of individual member accounts’.

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