Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Summer is just around the corner!

For many people that means a whole lot of fun is coming up, but for at-risk youth in Seattle, summer can often be a very challenging time. 

We need your help to ensure that our #PoetAthletes are well fed, avoid the summer slide and above all, have tons of fun! 

What is the "Summer Slide"? 

The "Summer Slide" can potentially affect all youth, but low-income youth are at particular risk for losing valuable knowledge they have gained throughout the school year. 

Children who are already behind are especially vulnerable to these impacts!

It has been shown that access to resources, like books, can help diminish, if not reverse, the summer slide!

Together we can ensure that at-risk youth not only have increased access to these resources, but also attend a structured summer program which incorporates other skills children learn during school! 

Ensuring our #PoetAthletes have access to food and fun! 

America SCORES Seattle is concerned with the health of our #PoetAthletes whether it is on the field or in the cafeteria! 

83% of students we serve at America SCORES Seattle receive free or reduced lunch throughout the school year. These students are far more likely to be vulnerable to summer hunger.

For many children, summer can be a boredom filled, very inactive time. At SCORES Summer Camp, students will participate in regular activities which stimulate mental and physical health! 

These are just some of the reasons we believe that 


Help our #PoetAthletes enjoy a reading-filled, safe and healthy summer by DONATING today! 

Find out all of the ways that you can help, by visiting 


or simply click HERE!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Welcome Home Cindy and Mohamed!

Our Poet-Athletes have returned from 

New York City and have lots to share! 

We sat down with them the other day and learned about their experiences! 

We are proud to say that they had a great time, met many new friends, and overcame challenges! 

"I saw a lot of places and I met a lot of new friends," Mohamed on his Big Apple experience.

Favorite thing about New York: New York Pizza!

Biggest Challenge: Flying. Mohamed was afraid the plane might crash. His first and only other time flying was when he was a baby and he did not remember. They experienced a rough landing, but everything turned out well!

Learn more about his trip by watching Mohamed's interview! 

Just click HERE!

"I feel like I gained a lot of confidence and I feel like I can actually talk to people without being nervous," Cindy on her Big Apple experience.

Favorite thing about New York: Sightseeing! She told us this was her number one priority when traveling and she was thrilled that they were able to go to N.Y.U., The High Line, Grand Central Station, The New York City Public Library, Times Square, and Rockefeller Center!   

Biggest Challenge: Cindy also found the landing hard, but she felt her biggest challenge was, "meeting and introducing myself to kids from around The States." 

Learn more about her trip by watching Cindy's interview!

                              Just click HERE!

We could not be more proud of our #PoetAthletes! 

If you missed the 2015 National Poetry SLAM! you can still view it online by clicking HERE

Monday, March 23, 2015



“Creativity” by Cindy

I am a very creative girl,
my mind is everywhere, everywhere, everywhere
thinking of writing a book to a movie,
(coming out in 2021)
My imagination is bigger than my knowledge,
my ideas are so fictional yet so realistic,
my ideas are sci-fi with a little help of wi-fi
award winning ideas,
I’ll have Oscars on my wall,
I’ll be a great director and author,
but that is miles away
but I know I’ll be in New York someday
And that’s today!

We asked Cindy what her favorite subject was, she immediately responded, "Writing!"

Similarly, when we asked Cindy what her favorite part of SCORES was, she told us it was,"That it's a mixture of writing and soccer." 

Want to learn more about this awesome #PoetAthlete?! Check out her interview on YouTube:

We know that Cindy will be an excellent representative of 

America SCORES Seattle in New York 

and we could not be more proud! 

Congratulations, Cindy!

Want to be a part of our #PoetAthletes' once in a lifetime opportunity? 
There is still plenty of time to donate to our Bite the Big Apple fundraiser!


And help our #PoetAthletes tour NYU, take home cool swag, and capture their experience through photo! 

Friday, March 13, 2015


With so many AWESOME things happening at 

America SCORES Seattle

 it's hard to keep track! 

SO...here is exactly what our #PoetAthletes have been up to! 


Last month we told you about our exciting new JR SCORES curriculum...now, we could not be more thrilled to say that students and coaches have loved it alike! This story was highly effective at teaching our students literacy and life-skills, both indoors and out! With all the excitement that you can imagine along the way, we are excited to hear from one of our favorite Maple Elementary coaches that Zumba the monkey, has almost escaped the zoo and the Golden Boot, lost early in the season, is sure to soon be found! Thanks to all of our coaches who continue to #EngageAndEmpower our youngest #PoetAthletes!   


Maybe you've heard the buzz, but just in case, Seattle is excited to send two amazing #PoetAthletes to NYC next month! Since our finalists, Cindy and Mohamed were selected, we have done everything that we can to make sure that their trip will be one to remember! When these two awesome poet's mentioned that maybe they wanted to bring home a t-shirt and take a tour of N.Y.U., we wanted to make sure that could happen for them! We know how hard they have worked and believe strongly that they deserve the best experience possible! We are happy to say that we are well on our way and you can still donate HERE today! 

Reach for the Stars: Annual Gala & Auction

On April 24th America Scores Seattle will host its twelfth annual gala and auction. This year's theme will be "Reach for the Stars", something we see our #PoetAthletes do everyday! This is one of our most important fundraisers of the year and we hope that this year will be a great success! The event will include dinner, games, and both a silent and live auction. AND...maybe most exciting, this year's program will include four special speakers, our very own SCORES poets! If you are interested in becoming involved, sponsoring our special guest speakers or have questions about the auction, please don't hesitate to contact us at speppers@americascores.org! We look forward to sharing this special evening with you all on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! 

Spring Season

We can't believe it's already here...well, almost at least! Here in Seattle, we always look forward to a little sunshine, and this year is no exception! Spring Season will begin next month, April 20th, and we are so excited! Along with months of fun on the field and in the classroom, this season is one of our favorites, because it includes our #PoetAthletes commitment to their communities! This commitment is fulfilled through a season long service learning project, which is designed and executed by our students. This year, we intend to concentrate these projects within the schools which our students attend. It is our hope that this will allow our students to engage in service learning not only during the hour and a half they meet with their teammates and coaches at SCORES, but throughout the day, week, month and year...even in years to follow! Stay tuned to learn more about these projects, our #PoetAthletes, Game Days and other exciting upcoming events! 

Friday, March 6, 2015


Next month, our finalists will be flying across the country to participate in the

America SCORES National Slam! 

We could not be more proud and excited about this once in a lifetime opportunity for our #PoetAthletes! Mohamed and Cindy were selected by our judges to represent Seattle in NYC -- we think that they will do an amazing job! Because this is such a special opportunity, we are hoping that they will truly be able to experience the city. 

In order to accomplish this task, we are asking for YOUR HELP! 

Help our #PoetsBiteTheBigApple by making a donation today! Any money that you give will ensure that these two will have the whole NYC experience with pizza, t-shirts, transportation for touring the prestigious N.Y.U. and so much more!


Friday, February 20, 2015



“My People” by Mohamed

I see my people hurting each other sometimes
I wonder who’s going to stop them
Could it be me?
It can’t be me, I’m just a little seed
But I still got big dreams out there for me
My pain is rising deep inside of me
Playing this game called life
It’s like getting stabbed in my chest
If I’m stressing you out just confess
Because I’m just trying to address
What I can one day make a success
My people impress me
The people who paved the way for me
To say what I have to say today
My people

We thought, who better to tell you about this awesome #PoetAthlete than Mohamed himself? Check out the interview on YouTube:

Mohamed told America SCORES Seattle about the inspiration for his poem, "I just was thinking about the people I'm from and how bad stuff happened out there, and I just wanted to write about that."

When we asked Mohamed what he was most excited about in N.Y., he told us he was,"most excited about performing there." 

We know that Mohamed will be an excellent representative of 

America SCORES Seattle in New York 

and we could not be more proud! 

Congratulations, Mohamed!

While you can ANYTIME, stay tuned to hear ways you can 
to America SCORES Seattle to make our #PoetAthletes trip to the Big Apple extra special!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"The Legend of the Golden Boot": A NEW CURRICULUM FOR JR SCORES

Our JR SCORES program is well underway and there is already much excitement! 

Beginning this year, America SCORES Seattle launched an entirely new curriculum and we are thrilled to share the ways which our #PoetAthletes have been using "The Legend of the Golden Boot", an interactive workbook illustrated by Maybelline Chow.

In this story, Zoomba, a monkey from Brazil who lives in a zoo, finds himself sad that he cannot "eat ice cream, have friends, read books, and run freely like humans can." So, he decides to escape. Shortly after, Zoomba is given a magic boot which allows him human abilities, one of which, is soccer. Taught both in the classroom and on the playground, at the core of this curriculum are values which address student's need to interact with their environment, their sense of involvement in these experiences, as well as their creative, imaginative and emotional intelligence. Through Zoomba's story, students further develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, while also learning about respect, teamwork and community. Of course, throughout this time, these kids aren't missing out on any kicks and have been spending considerable time in the gym honing their soccer skills.   

Learn More About the Illustrator: 

Raised in Indonesia, Maybelline Chow was born in San Francisco, returning and attending The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. At the university, she received her BFA in illustration and enjoys "drawing, painting and everything in between." What we think makes her most awesome? How much our #PoetAthletes love her illustrations! 

Learn more about Maybelline and see what she had to say about illustrating for JR SCORES on her blog:



Stay tuned to understand more about JR SCORES and hear first-hand how the program 

engages and empowers our young #PoetAthletes!