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Woman Called ‘The Kickball Cupid’ Banned From Tinder After Using Dating App To Recruit Players

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

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

†[Dating] was very busy and I wanted to meet people in a more organic way. Then I realized that I like meeting people in Kickball… If I could meet all my matches in real life, it would be a lot less crowded,” Gianna told DailyMail.com

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

“I’ve interviewed people based on personality,” Gianna had told the . told Boston Globe earlier. “We’d go to dinner and say, here’s people from the league and we’d all have a vibe and if you were interested, great. If you weren’t, that’s fine too.’

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

“One day I wanted to log in and it said you are banned for life. For life! It seems a bit serious. So that was a huge deterrent to my recruiting,” Gianna said clubwaka

Since the ban, Gianna has continued to recruit through 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, Named Rhode Island’s ‘Kickball Cupid’, Cleverly Recruited — and Matched — More Than 46 Players to Her Team via Tinder

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

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

But her attempt was somewhat frustrated when Tinder banned her from the platform for violating guidelines related to corporate recruiting.

But her attempt was somewhat frustrated when Tinder banned her from the platform for violating guidelines related to corporate recruiting.

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

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

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

However, the situation quickly turned around when she met the team commissioner’s wife, who had also had a panic attack during her first time playing the sport, and met her husband in the competition.

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

Her anxiety has improved dramatically since then.

‘It was really bad. I am definitely not the athletic type. Sports have never been my thing, but I’ve met some of my best friends from this league and they’re such wonderful people that I just want to pass this on to others,” Gianna told DailyMail.com.

Since the ban, Gianna has continued to recruit through other dating apps such as BumbleFF, saying that although she is

Since the ban, Gianna has continued to recruit through other dating apps such as BumbleFF, saying 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 friends from the competition

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 friends from the competition

Gianna said that during her unconventional hiring process, she always made sure she was honest and clear with potential candidates.

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

She would then add all the potential players/matches to a Facebook group chat, where they would have light hearted 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 love to join because I want to make new friends, but I’m not very good at kickball.” And I’m like, perfect. Or I get ‘I haven’t played football since primary school’. Like, who does?’ said Gianna.

But Gianna believes her recruitment went beyond filling positions for the team and taking players to a place where they found a family who would understand and welcome them.

“Whether they want a relationship or want a relationship, a lot of them are looking for friends or some form in their life,” Gianna told Clubwaka.

“I was like, I won’t just be your friend, I’ll give you a whole bunch of friends. The way I sell it to people is in my profile: I’m looking for you to join my kickball team because they’ll get mad if I don’t want to date them.”

Gianna's club has assisted the savvy recruiter and applauded her innovative thinking

Gianna’s club has assisted the savvy recruiter and applauded her innovative thinking

“Last August I matched up with Gianna at BumbleBFF and asked her about the kickball competition… I registered in time for the fall Clubwaka Kickball competition that same week.  And right now we're back in the spring league,

“Last August I matched up with Gianna at BumbleBFF and asked her about the kickball competition… I registered in time for the fall Clubwaka Kickball competition that same week. And right now we’re back in the spring league,” Lauren Richards wrote on Facebook

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

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

Her recruits have echoed Gianna’s stance on Kickball and the club has stood by the savvy recruiter and applauded her innovative thinking.

“Last August I matched up with Gianna at BumbleBFF and asked her about the kickball competition… I registered in time for the fall Clubwaka Kickball competition that same week. And now we’re back in the spring league,” Lauren Richards wrote on Facebook.

‘Gianna has made me meet some of my very best friends, and I couldn’t be more grateful… Gianna you are a ROCKSTAR!!! We have met so many wonderful people thanks to you. Participating in Clubwaka’s kickball competitions has been one of the best decisions I’ve made as an adult.”

Clubwaka also said in a statement, “…we all share a common need to make real connections and lifelong friendships. That happens in our fun and welcoming space that Gianna has let 46 people discover. We are so glad they joined the family and added to the fun in the CLUBWAKA community.”

In a statement to USA todayTinder said Gianna was ‘rightfully banned for violating one of our Community Guidelines'[S],” and the app would “not make a formal statement about the details of individual member accounts.”

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