Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Season of Giving Hope




Please make a holiday gift to America SCORES Seattle

For over a decade, America SCORES Seattle has been providing programs that empower at-risk youth in Seattle's high-needs elementary schools to realize their unique potential through writing, soccer and community service.

By supporting SCORES, YOU make it possible for children to experience transformational after-school activities in a safe and enriching environment free of charge and to become part of a culture of academic success and achievement.

SCORES must raise 100% of the money needed to provide our program and to eliminate all barriers to participation.  We need your help to do this!


Our Impact

Academic Achievement:  Students who participate in America SCORES demonstrate significant improvement in creative and expository writing and reading comprehension.

Health:  Students who participate in America SCORES show increased aerobic capacity and recognition of healthy choices.

Positive Youth Development:  America SCORES poet-athletes show a substantial increase in compassionate behavior, responsibility, leadership and community awareness. 


Monday, November 4, 2013

SCORES Exclusive: A Sneak Peak at Fall 2013


The 2013 SCORES Fall Season is underway! We have some exclusive behind the scenes footage of Maple Poets harnessing their craft:





OUR FIRST GAME DAY WAS OCTOBER 25
 Maple hosting Roxhill 
Bailey Gatzert hosting Highland Park


 Maple and Roxhill girls prepare for the game with a spirited rendition of their Team Cheers! 







Thursday, September 12, 2013

"Taking Mid-field for your Seattle SCORES...Sarah Peppers!"

Hello, my name is Sarah Peppers, 
and I pleased to be joining the Seattle SCORES team! 
I am working as Coach Across America Member through the AmeriCorps 
Corporation for National and Community Service. 


       I would have been interested in any program combining youth, sports and service learning, but when I saw the Seattle SCORES position listing, that the sport was soccer, and they incorporated poetry into the program, I fell, with my ten years of soccer and my B.A. in Literature, head over heels! 
     I am excited to be joining the America SCORES Seattle team because I love what the program is about. I love reading the students’ poetry. I have been blown away and touched by their creativity, depth, vision and general fun in their writing. The number of mentions, for that matter all out odes, to sportsmanship, being a good teammate and the value of play over winning or losing has also made quite an impression. The Poetry Slam I have been excited about, telling my friends how cool I think it is that SCORES (the kids and the program) put on such a cool event and how impressed I am that the students put themselves out there! I really value community and am eager to get involved in our schools and neighborhoods!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Celebrity Grilling Series raises $1,500 for SCORES!


What a great way to start off the new school year with such amazing news!  Daniel’s Broiler-Lake Union invited guests to mix and mingle with Seattle Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid as part of their Celebrity Grilling Series. 50% of that night's sales were donated to America SCORES Seattle.  And we just heard... it raised $1,500!

We are so grateful for the support of the Seattle Sounders FC, Daniel's Broiler (Schwartz Brothers) and supporters like you.

Weren't able to attend the event?  You can still help us continue to serve at-risk youth in Seattle this Fall Season.  To donate online today:  click here

Monday, August 19, 2013

This Thursday: Celebrity Grilling Series with Coach Sigi Schmid


Daniel’s Broiler-Lake Union invites guests to mix and mingle with Seattle Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid this Thursday from 5 to 7 pm as part of their Celebrity Grilling Series. 

Coach Schmid will join Chef Ayhan Barlas to grill up items from a summer inspired menu on the deck overlooking Lake Union. 

50% of the night's sales will be donated to America SCORES Seattle!!!

For more information, visit www.SchwartzBros.com

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

15th Annual Tin Cup Chalice Golf Tournament benefiting America SCORES Seattle



Celebrate on August 9th at Northshore Golf Course as PHoPS presents their 15th Annual Tin Cup Chalice Golf Tournament to benefit America SCORES Seattle. 

The Parrot Heads of Puget Sound (PHoPS), in association with North Shore Golf Course, Tacoma, are pleased to announce their fifteenth annual charity golf tournament on Friday, August 9, 2013. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit America SCORES Seattle! 

The tournament will be followed by live music by Eric Stone! 
Live music starring Eric Stone from 7 to 10 pm. You do not need to golf to come enjoy Eric and celebrate Parrot Head Day in Washington. Everyone is welcome!
more information and to sign up: 
http://www.phops.com/?page_id=1537

DETAILS
Date: Friday, August 9, 2013
Time: 1:30 pm, Shotgun Start
Place: North Shore Golf Course, Tacoma, WA
Entertainment: Eric Stone (http://www.islanderic.com/) plays from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Charity: America SCORES Seattle (www.americascoresseattle.org)
Entry Fee: $100 (PHoPS Members $80) Includes golf, cart, dinner and music

Friday, July 26, 2013

This Sunday - SCORES Cup Finals at CenturyLink Field

We had a beautiful weekend of competitive play between some of Seattle's top corporations in America SCORES Seattle's annual SCORES Cup Corporate Charity Soccer Tournament at Marymoor Park last weekend.  Congratulations to every team and player that competed in our tournament this year.  You helped us raise $38,000 for America SCORES Seattle!  Revenue from this event is critical to support our non-profit, after-school program for at-risk elementary school children.  You are all winners to us, but unfortunately only 2 teams from each division can compete in the finals.  

Join us this Sunday at CenturyLink Field to watch Costco take on the Seattle Sounders FC Front Office staff in the co-ed division final at 11:30 am, and UPS take on Microsoft in the Men's Final at 1:45 pm.  

Team Sounders FC Staff

Team Costco

Team UPS

Team Microsoft (men's)

Thank you to all the teams who participated in this year's tournament!  
Your support is greatly appreciated!

Team Alaska Airlines ("Alaska Airlines FC")

Team Colliers International
 
Team Deloitte

Team Gates Foundation ("The Eradicators")

Team Microsoft (co-ed)

Team Russell Investments ("Russell United")


Team Starbucks

Thank you to Margie Nicosia for photographing our tournament.
More photos can be found here: imaginetheworld.smugmug.com

Friday, June 7, 2013

America SCORES Seattle's 10th Annual Gala and Auction

Tonight is America SCORES Seattle's 
10th Annual Gala and Auction!

Below is some helpful information for the event:

The Arctic Club Hotel is located at 700 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
The entrance to the hotel is actually on Cherry St., between 3rd and 4th Avenue.

If you'd like to preview the items we'll have at our auction tonight, please click here.

The silent auction will close at 7:20 pm.  Dinner and live auction will start promptly at 7:30 pm.

Parking

SCORES has reserved spots for our Auction guests in the lot next to the hotel starting after 5 pm.  

There are 2 entrances, one off Cherry next to the hotel, and one off 4th Avenue, on the NW corner of 4th and Cherry.

Please keep in the mind there is a Mariners game against the Yankees at 7:10 pm so traffic will be congested.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

TODAY is GiveBIG!

Today is GiveBIG! 


All donations made to America SCORES Seattle through SCORES profile page on The Seattle Foundation website will be stretched thanks to GivBIG sponsors.

Make a donation, share with your friends (#GiveBIG), and be a part of our community's biggest day of giving this year.

Make your gift to America SCORES Seattle online at: http://www.seattlefoundation.org/npos/Pages/AmericaSCORESSeattle.aspx?bv=nposearch

And if you donate today through GiveBIG, you could be randomly selected for a Golden Ticket that wins you a $100 Starbucks gift card and gives SCORES an extra $1,000 from The Seattle Foundation & other sponsors!


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The 60-60-60 Challenge :: Day Twenty-four

The 60-60-60 Challenge to support America SCORES Seattle and celebrate National Poetry Month continues! 

Below are some resources to help you reach your goal of giving your Full 180 to America SCORES Seattle by taking the 60-60-60 Challenge to read 60 poems for National Poetry Month, to walk 60 miles for yourself, and to raise 60 dollars for America SCORES Seattle!

Start fundraising now by joining our team on crowdrise :: Seattle SCORES' Full 180 

Today's poems were written by poet-athletes in the SCORES program at Highland Park Elementary.




Emotional Haiku
By Hailey H., Spring Season 2013

Mad angry that’s you
Happy jolly that’s you too
Emotional you

Highland Park Haiku
Boys Team, Fall 2011

We are Green Lightning.
We are so energetic.
Electricity!

We are not a mess
We are just the freakin’ best!
We are Green Lightning.




In yesterday's video former Seattle Sounder and current SCORES Board Member Taylor Graham started reading "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost.  In today's video, former Seattle Sounder Roger Levesque finishes the poem from where Taylor left off.  Enjoy!



Hike/Walk Resource

This week is National Park Week! For the rest of the week, National Parks across the country will waive their entrance fees giving you and your family the perfect excuse to get outside. See what National Parks are near you and visit the National Park Service’s website.


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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The 60-60-60 Challenge :: Day Twenty-three

The 60-60-60 Challenge to support America SCORES Seattle & celebrate National Poetry Month continues! 

Below are some resources to help you reach your goal of giving your Full 180 to America SCORES Seattle by taking the 60-60-60 Challenge to read 60 poems for National Poetry Month, to walk 60 miles for yourself, and to raise 60 dollars for America SCORES Seattle!

Start fundraising now by joining our team on crowdrise :: Seattle SCORES' Full 180 


Today's poems were written by poet-athletes in the SCORES program at Maple Elementary during our 2011 Fall Season.

A Recipe for Me, by Hussein H.
10 bowls of Goodness
30 quarts of sillyness
2 pinches of anger
1 pinch of dumbness
500,000 pounds of heart
8,000,000 gallons of cuteness
50 bowls of courage
80 cups of responsibility
5 gallons of love
a ton of happiness
50 dashes of patience
10 cubic feet of funnyness
50 pounds of respect
2 pints of attitude
5 pounds of niceness
mix together and out pops me!

A Recipe for Me
by Tetiana M.

Grab your biggest bowl
Mix in intelligence
Add the love
pour in the strength
Lay in the willingness
Douse in the honesty
Sprinkle the fury
Pour in the trust
Mix in respect
Lay the commitment
Add the kindness
Mix in the height
Slap in the adventure
Douse it with good nature
Sprinkle the jokes
And mix it up with cheer.
That’s my recipe.


Recipe for Jenna
by Jenna P.

100 cups of active
1 gallon of sweet
10 pinches of helpful
11 quarts of cool
9 pints of special
11 cups of colorful
10 gallons of jelly doughnuts
5 cups of 7up
10 gallons of gossip’
1 pinch of Filipino
1 pinch of Japanese
Mix and mix
and you will get me!



Today's video features current SCORES board member and former Seattle Sounder Taylor Graham reading part of "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost.  
(part two will be posted in tomorrow's blog post, read by Roger Levesque.)


Hike/Walk Resource
It's National Park Week!  Not sure how to celebrate?  Check out this great guide:
A Hiker's Guide to National Park Week


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Monday, April 22, 2013

The 60-60-60 Challenge :: Day Twenty-two

The 60-60-60 Challenge to support America SCORES Seattle and celebrate National Poetry Month continues! 

Below are some resources to help you reach your goal of giving your Full 180 to America SCORES Seattle by taking the 60-60-60 Challenge to read 60 poems for National Poetry Month, to walk 60 miles for yourself, and to raise 60 dollars for America SCORES Seattle!

Start fundraising now by joining our team on crowdrise :: Seattle SCORES' Full 180 

Today's poems were written by poet-athletes in the SCORES program at Maple Elementary during our 2011 Fall Season.

Wind/Leaf
by Jenny W.

Wind: I pull you off the tree in Autumn
Leaf: I keep you clean and clear
Wind: You come in many colors and I don’t
Leaf: Well, it doesn’t matter because you help the earth. You travel more than me.
Wind: True
Leaf: But together we help the planet earth.
Wind: Swoosh!
Leaf: I am now out of the tree!

Hot & Cold
By Tya N.

Cold: I can freeze you
Hot: I can burn that freeze

Cold: I’m best with lemonade at summer
Hot: I’m best with hot chocolate in the winter

Cold: I’m cooler than you
Hot: but I’m hotter than you

Cold: I can cover you in show
Hot: I can snow and turn it to heat

Hot: Miami heat loves me. They put heat in their name and sweat
Cold: Santa Claus loves me
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer loves me too

Hot: Heaters are my followers
Cold: AC and fans are my followers

Hot: I’m so hot that the AC will make me warmer
Cold: Well if you want to go throw me (SLAP)

Hot: I can just sizzle you and you’ll get hot
Cold: In your ice dream hot and cold cat fight

Hot: I’m tired of this nonsense
Cold: Me too

Warm: BFF like forever.

Angels and Demons
by Taylor Corrine B.

Angel: I’m nice.
Demon: I bring up the fire.
Angel: I can put it down.

Demon: I am awesome at making mischief.
Angel: That is just plain rude.

Demon: Da, da, da, da. I’m not listening.
Angel: Pay attention!
Demon: Why should I?

Angel: We shall fight.
Demon: I’m shocked!

Angel: Singing powers....
Demon: Ah, my ears, it burns.
Angel: Perfect!
Demon: I feel so cuddly inside.
(BOOM!)
I’m an angel.

Day & Night
By Jenna P. & Priscilla C.

Day: I bring the sunshine.
Night: I bring the cold.

Day: You can stay up during the day.
Night: You can rest at night.
Day: I can take a nap.
Night: The moon comes out.

Day: You can play sports during the day.
Night: You can go out and party at night.

Day: Pandas and animals play at the zoo.
Night: Owls and bats come out at night.

Day: But, during the day you do not have to do homework.
Night: You can go to a late night movie and you do not have to go to school.

Day: You can call your friends longer during the day.
Night: You can go trick or treat at night.

Day: Let’s be friends.
Night: We could have sleepovers.
Day: Or we could have play dates.

Night: Well, we could have popcorn.
Day: Or, we could have caramel apples.
Night: We will have both.
Day: OK.

Night: Good Night.
Day: Good Day!

Today's video features SCORES Support Robyn S. reciting the poem "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley:



Hike/Walk Resource
Why not check out the hikes around Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, like Wilderness Cliffs Trail (1 mile)?

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

The 60-60-60 Challenge :: Day Twenty-one

The 60-60-60 Challenge to support America SCORES Seattle and celebrate National Poetry Month continues! 

Below are some resources to help you reach your goal of giving your Full 180 to America SCORES Seattle by taking the 60-60-60 Challenge to read 60 poems for National Poetry Month, to walk 60 miles for yourself, and to raise 60 dollars for America SCORES Seattle!

Start fundraising now by joining our team on crowdrise :: Seattle SCORES' Full 180 


Today's poems are haiku written by poet-athletes in the SCORES program at Dunlap Elementary during our 2011 Fall Season.

Soccer Haiku
by Juan H.

Soccer is my name
Soccer soccer screams my name
Soccer is my life.

Friendship Haiku
by Tommy H.

He will be there now
He’ll be with you forever
He’ll help you today

Friendship Haiku
by Ivan B.

They play like best friends
They know how to play like friends
Friends are nice people.

Friendship Haiku
by Abdiriza A.

Friends are good and nice
They don’t let them down and fall
Some friends are brothers.

Today's video features current SCORES poet-athlete Taylor-Corrine reciting her original poem 'A Gun is A Gun', while her teammates support her.  Go SCORES!



Hike/Walk Resource
Washinton Trail Associations 2013 Hike of the Week blog: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/seasonal-hikes/hikes-of-the-week


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Saturday, April 20, 2013

The 60-60-60 Challenge :: Day Twenty

The 60-60-60 Challenge to support America SCORES Seattle and celebrate National Poetry Month continues! 

Below are some resources to help you reach your goal of giving your Full 180 to America SCORES Seattle by taking the 60-60-60 Challenge to read 60 poems for National Poetry Month, to walk 60 miles for yourself, and to raise 60 dollars for America SCORES Seattle!

Start fundraising now by joining our team on crowdrise :: Seattle SCORES' Full 180 


Today's poems are simile self portrait poems written by poet-athletes in the SCORES program at Dunlap Elementary during our 2011 Fall Season.

Simile Self Portrait Poem
by Errol S.

My hair is dark as the moon.
My eyes are brown as chocolate ice cream.
My arm is strong as a rhino.
My legs are wiggly as a frog.
My chin is hard as a rock.
My cheeks are soft as a pillow.
My neck is round as a circle.
My feet are smooth like a turtle shell.
My ears are shaped like a square.
My forehead is flat.
My mouth is hot as a fire.
My chest is hard as a boulder.
My hands are soft as a baby’s chin.
My stomach is hard as a tiny rock.
My back is flat as the wall. 


Simile Self Portrait 
by Juvanni P.

My hair is as spiky as a porcupine.
My head is as big as the moon.
My ears are as big as an elephant’s ears.
My nose is as long as a witch.
My mouth is as big as a whale. 

Simile Self Portrait 
by Tamar M.

My hair is as black as a hole.
My head is as big as a watermelon.
My neck is as short as an elf.
My chest is hard as a rock.
My stomach is as thin as a toothpick.

Simile Self Portrait
by Abdiriza A.

My hair is like big as a bush.
My eyes are like big as a ball.
My nose is like sharp as a knife.
My cheek is as soft as a marshmallow.

Today's video features current SCORES parent and support Charm S. reading her original untitled poem inspired by the SCORES program.



Hike/Walk Resource
Top Seattle Local Hikes


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Friday, April 19, 2013

The 60-60-60 Challenge :: Day Nineteen

The 60-60-60 Challenge to support America SCORES Seattle and celebrate National Poetry Month continues! 

Below are some resources to help you reach your goal of giving your Full 180 to America SCORES Seattle by taking the 60-60-60 Challenge to read 60 poems for National Poetry Month, to walk 60 miles for yourself, and to raise 60 dollars for America SCORES Seattle!

Start fundraising now by joining our team on crowdrise :: Seattle SCORES' Full 180 


Today's poems were written by poet-athletes in the SCORES program at Dunlap Elementary during our 2011 Fall Season.

I Remember Poem
by Eva Y.

I remember my first steps
it was cold and it felt like
I was walking on snow.
I remember the time I
was holding my sister and never letting
anyone take her away.
I remember the first time I
played with a soccer ball
me and the ball were like a pair.
I remember the first time
I drank root beer
it was like it was my destiny.
I remember the first time
I rode a bike scared and
waiting for my mom to get me off
I remember my dog so protective
loved me and did not want to let go.


My Mighty Hands
by Andrew R.

I love my mighty hands.
They help me write.
They help me hold things like pencils.
If I didn’t have my mighty hands,
it would be sad.


Today's video features current SCORES poet-athlete Linda reading the Shel Silverstein poem Hug O' War, while her teammates support her.  Go SCORES!



Hike/Walk Resource

This weekend, why not scope out your new favorite fishing spots before opening day on April 27th or check out some of the year round spots that were recently stocked.  Find out more in Washington State Parks latest post on the Best Spring Fishing inWAhttp://adventureawaits.com/2013/04/best-fishing-spots-this-spring/
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