Tuesday, August 25, 2009

SCORES donates used gear to kids in Ghana

America SCORES Seattle had an overflowing storage space of used soccer gear accumulated from past years of program. And this summer, we found a great home for it.

We've connected locally with two charities working with kids in Ghana. The first, called the Valued Girls Project, began as a way to help middle school-aged girls develop soccer skills to hopefully obtain scholarships to high school. In Ghana, school is free until our equivalent of high school. Many girls are forced to drop out of school and end up living on the streets or getting married at 14 or 15 and living the same disadvantaged lives of their mothers. High school is extremely pricey for families living on about $5 a day. The VGP has morphed into more than just soccer teams--it now offers computer literacy classes and soccer camps with math, reading and science classes. Now the project serves 100 kids ages 7 through 19 in much the same vein as SCORES--combining soccer and literacy training to give kids a well-rounded set of skills for life. There's also a boys team, which named themselves the SCORES of VGP after the SCORES logos on their jerseys!

Click on the image to read the letter to SCORES from the boys' coach:Interested in helping out the Valued Girls Project? Contact Linda Thompson, Director, Education Initiative for Africa at lpthoompson@thevillagenet.org or visit the VGP website.

Monday, August 10, 2009

SCORES Century Benefit Bike Ride

Join us for our first SCORES Century Benefit Bike Ride!

On Sunday, October 4, you and other riders will bike 100 miles around Lake Washington, starting and ending on Mercer Island! Proceeds benefit America SCORES Seattle. The ride begins at 8 a.m.

To sign up, or for more information, contact Jake Pedersen at the Seattle Athletic Club: 206-443-1111.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Sounders Game Tonight

Find our booth before the Sounders game tonight at the Soccer Celebration. Guess the number of jelly beans in the jar to win Sounders gear.
Also, a donation of $20 or more to America SCORES Seattle at our booth before the game will enter you into a drawing for 2010 Sounders FC season tickets.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

SCORES Cup pushed back to spring!

Now you have more time to train and put your team together! Check back here in the spring for more information.