Tuesday, November 25, 2014

So Many Thanks to Give!

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, 
everyone is blessed.” ― Maya Angelou

Happy Thanksgiving from America SCORES Seattle! 
Wishing the best to you and yours 
and taking some time to reflect and express gratitude! <3

Things we are grateful for:

Our SCORES Poet-Athletes
The ability to serve youth in Seattle
Having the continued personal and financial support of a great community!
Mild weather in the Fall
Community Partnerships
Support From our schools
Amazing Coaches
Friends
Family
Smiles
Poetry
Soccer
Connection

We had a great Fall Season, here are some of our highlights!


We started the FALL SEASON off with 
great weather and fun at Starfire!


 GAME DAYS





Game Days were a blast, rain or shine, Poet-Athletes played with heart, pick each other up when they slipped in the mud and cheered their teammates on!








 EVENTS


Roger Levesque, local authors and poets came together for our Barnes and Noble Book Fair Event! Through our Book Fairs we were able to raise enough money in giftcards to buy a book for each student in SCORES this Fall! We gave the books away at our 12th Annual Poetry Slam!






Town Hall Seattle was filled with inspiring poetry from Champion Slam Poet Nikkita Oliver and 137 America SCORES Seattle Poet-Athletes! Roger Levesque was a fantastic host and we had wonderful guest judges including Lamar Neagle of the Seattle Sounders!










SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC




The number one team in the MLS celebrated their 40th anniversary on October 10th. They also recognized their Community Partners and gave each a generous donation! We are so grateful for the tremendous support of the Sounders FC! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Can't Believe Summer has already P.A.S.S.ED - A Highlight of SCORES Summer Camp!


This summer was our first ever SCORES Summer Camp! A huge thank you to all our personal supporters, Maple Elementary, United Way of King County, School's Out Washington, Page Ahead, and the Seattle Sounders FC for making it possible! 




A big part of the SCORES program is goal setting and group agreements. We had camp-wide goals of support, positivity, perseverance, respect, and being yourself!





Each team of 15 also made their own goals and values which they wrote on a golden soccer ball. Everyone signed the ball and as a team they worked to achieve those goals. 


We worked on Rhyming Couplets, Color Poems, I Am poetry, Alliteration, Rhyme Schemes, Simile & Metaphor, Acrostics about Reading/Books, 
Concrete Poems, Haikus, and Free Verse Poems!

Below are some Color Poems



Self Expression is at the root of what we do. We wrote "I Am" poems, had two visiting artists/poets who took us through workshops on identity. Our poet-athletes painted self portraits and took some time to explore photography, setting up their own photographic portraits as well. 

They were amazing, here's a glimpse: 


We played soccer for 90 minutes in the afternoon, building our skills, our sense of teamwork and just had some fun!

Each week we had Friday scrimmages and on the final Friday we had a pizza party and fun scrimmages: Kids vs. Coaches and Girls vs. Boys

And Seattle gave us a beautiful, sunny summer to enjoy!



Thanks to kids, coaches, and supporters for such an incredible
Poetic Athletic SCORES Summer!




And remember: JUST BE YOUR SELFIE! ;)











Wednesday, June 18, 2014

#P.A.S.S. #Help

 We need your help sending Seattle students to Camp! 

Give kids:                         Let's Make Sure Everyone:               Let's Get:
Poetic                               Poetry                                            Please
Athletic                            And                                                Assist
SCORES                            Soccer                                            Seattle
Summer                            Summer:                                        Students
In                                     Everybody                                      Introducing
Our                                  Smiles                                             New
Neighborhood                                                                         Goals


Monday, June 2, 2014

JamCom Re-Cap!


JAMCOM 2014:

A huge thanks to Seattle University for hosting JamCom 2014, 
we had 160 poet-athletes, sunshine, community service, soccer and so much fun!

Family, friends, siblings and SU athletes cheered on our SCORES teams
 and we highlighted our Spring Service Learning Community Projects that included:

Bully Awareness Week
Castle Park Clean-Up
Bake Sale/Car Wash SCORES Fundraiser
Litter Awareness and Clean-Up
Physical Fitness and Nutrition Awareness Campaign
Improvement of Soccer Black Top Fields
Repainting Storm Drains/ Environmental Awareness
Helping Seattle's Homeless

They were all so inspiring! It was a great Spring Season!




Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Start your weekend Down Under!

“There is no better way of life in the world than that of the Australian. 
I firmly believe this. ” ― John O'Grady

Live like an Australian for a night! And support America SCORES Seattle!


“I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!” 
― Dorothea Mackellar


Monday, May 19, 2014

JamCom2014!

Jamboree and Community Service Showcase 2014
this year being graciously hosted by 
Seattle University

Join 5 local elementary schools, at one great university to celebrate all of their hard work on the field and to highlight their Spring Season Community Service Projects and Poems!

 We invite you to attend, cheer and be wowed at the showcase! 
If you would like to volunteer there are many opportunities to help at JamCom2014!

Volunteers needed to help make
America SCORES Seattle 2014 Jamboree a success!

WHAT:  Join 160 America SCORES students, along with their families and friends, for an annual soccer and community service celebration. SCORES poet-athletes will present the service projects they’ve been working on all spring, play soccer games, and have fun. This event is designed to celebrate community and serve as an end of the year appreciation for our students and coaches. Volunteers are needed to help make all aspects of the event a success.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
·         Referees (8 needed): Will be assigned to a field to referee a SCORES soccer games. Games are non-competitive so referees are not required to keep track of goals scored. Games are designed to teach our students commitment, leadership, teamwork and sportsmanship through soccer. We will train you and give you everything you need before the event. Stay to referee 4 games, 20 minutes each. (No referring experience needed).
·         Gallery Chaperones (2 needed): Will help organize teams of students as they view Community Gallery, distribute and collect Gallery Walk Questionnaire.
·        Bus Directors/Student Greeters & Food Distribution (5 needed): Greet teams, direct them to assembly area, assist with snack distribution for the team
·         Set-up / Take-down: If available, all volunteers will help with set-up and take down.
·         Go-Getters:  Willing to fill in wherever they’re needed.

WHERE:     Seattle University
                901 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
WHEN:      Thursday, May 29, 2014
                3:30 pm – 6:30 pm (3 hours)
WHO:         Responsible, children-friendly individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of children.
DETAILS:   To volunteer, please contact Sarah Peppers via email at speppers@americascores.org

                   

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Spring Season Highlight-- Game Day 2


When I say America, you say SCORES!
America!
SCORES!

Here are some more great performances from our Spring Season Game Days. Last week Highland Park hosted Dunlap and Roxhill hosted Maple. Here are the Highland Park and Dunalp Teams sharing their cheers before the game:










 Dunlap and Highland Park showed great spirit and sportsmanship during their game on Friday!



Coach Trevor honors examples of Teamwork, Commitment, and Leadership at the weekly Gold Card Ceremony! Team ritual creates strong culture! 

A strong culture that enables leaders like, Poet-Athlete Marquise,
 to take a moment to remind us what a SCORES Game is all about!