What started in 1998 as the World Adult Kickball Association has exploded across the nation as CLUBWAKA, the country’s premier social club providing adult sports leagues, social activities and events.
In everything we do, we believe in having fun. Life should be fun and people should be happy. Our goal is to create 100 million smiles and our mission is to deliver the best fun and life-changing happiness. We do this by operating fantastic league, event and party experiences.
The CLUBWAKA story goes a little something like this… In 1998, a group of four friends were hanging out in one of their favorite Washington, DC bars. A couple of the guys were missing the co-ed fraternity fun they enjoyed together in college and wanted to share that same experience with people now they were in the “adult world.” The new social club needed an identity beyond just hanging out and so a discussion of the problems they all had with existing sport leagues they were in led to a desire to look back to simpler times. Kickball was a sport everyone loves, but few if any people did after elementary school – that would be the glue that would bond everyone together. After that night, they added an additional friend to the mix and the five of them planned the first kickball season. That was the beginning of the World Adult Kickball Association (WAKA) whose mission was to spread the joy of co-ed adult kickball leagues across America.
Some years later, WAKA dropped the “Adult” part of the name to become the World Kickball Association, but kept the WAKA name players knew and loved. In the early 2010s, WAKA started running non-kickball leagues such as dodgeball, volleyball, soccer, and bar games, and changed its name again to reflect its true essence – a social club that plays sports and games – not a sport league that has socials.
Today CLUBWAKA is the country’s premier social sports and fun company. CLUBWAKA offers a variety of sports leagues in some 40 different cities, and organizes regional and national tournament events around the country. We are guided every day by our core values of Live Fun; Do The Right Thing; Family First; and Strength In Community.
The first two of the original five founders to risk it all and quit their jobs to build WAKA on a full time basis are the same two who remain with the company today. Together David Lowry, and Jimmy Walicek work and play with some of the finest people anyone would ever want to spend time with – the some 30 full time, and 200 part time staff working tireless across the country to continue the mission and positively affect every life they touch – and the tens of thousands of players and partners who help shape this amazing community. You’re the real MVPs – seriously!
OUR CORE VALUES
This is our “why.” Everything we do, we believe in having fun. Life should be fun, and people should be happy
DO THE RIGHT THING
We make our best decisions when following this principle. This includes being positive and delivering the best, being fair, fostering a safe environment, and respecting our staff, members, partners, and each other.
We believe in the strength of family, however defined, and will best accommodate and schedule time off needed during an employee’s family needs.
STRENGTH IN COMMUNITY
By creating and providing real-life social opportunities for people we are a positive part of every community in which we operate. We strengthen and better our communities by supporting and working with community members, businesses, and charities. Partnering with us is a positive experience.