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!