Wednesday, October 21, 2015

T-Shirts to Empower


Studies have shown that when serving low-income or vulnerable populations there are a few things an organization can do to connect on a deeper level. One of them is to give youth something specific to them, something that's "theirs". As an after school program there are three things we hope to do for the youth we serve to make them feel supported- offer safety, consistency and something of their own. SCORES is something they can count on, a place where they can take safe risks, and make friends. This year we are making a push to provide them with something tangible, that ties them to the city-wide SCORES community. Something small but so meaningful- A T-SHIRT! 

It is rare that we have the ability to provide items unique to SCORES. Though we have had many great partners who have helped us garner equipment, uniforms for students to borrow, and occasional funding to offset transportation and organizational costs, our Poet-Athletes don't get the chance to own a part of their SCORES experience. 

We did have an opportunity a few years back to hand out scarves to our participants: 


We hope to raise $500 in order to give away SCORES T-Shirts to each Poet Athlete by the Poetry Slam on November 10th! 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Poems for Game Day Friday!

In anticipation of Game Day Friday tomorrow we'd like to share some of this week's soccer poems from the girls at Maple Elementary!


When I dribble the ball I feel excited
I pass, I focus, and I run
When I hear who got the gold card, 
I feel proud of my friends
When I see our team win I feel confident
When I remember my teammates scoring I feel awesome


When I score a goal, I feel fantastic
and very proud of myself
I kick, I run, and I cheer for my team
When I hear "Arianna" being shouted
I feel appreciated
When I see the other team, 
I feel determined to beat the other team
When I remember playing soccer I feel excited
SCORES is awesome

It seems clear to us that soccer and SCORES are AWESOME! We are so excited to have our first Fall Game Day Friday tomorrow, and so are our Poet-Athletes! 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

All aboard The Magic SCORES Bus!

What exactly makes The SCORES Bus magic?

Busing provides unique opportunities that our 
Poet-Athletes otherwise would not have access to! 

These are just a few examples:

Game days! These are special days when our Poet-Athletes are bused to other schools to play each other. They have the chance to make new friends and engage with the Seattle community on a larger scale. 

Our annual poetry SLAM is another event during which we rely heavily on busing. During this event, Poet-Athletes have the opportunity to take the stage at Town Hall and share their work with friends, family and the community!

Not only does busing allow our Poet-Athletes to do amazing things, it also allows their families to become involved! Because many of our families have limited or no access to a vehicle, we encourage siblings and parents to join us on for the ride to game days and other important events. This way they are able to witness special moments like a child's first goal or time on stage! 

Maybe most important, riding the bus is an invaluable time for team building! The Positive Coaching Alliance has stated that, "Plain and simple, riding the bus improves team unity," (PCA, 2014). Belonging to a team plays a huge role in empowering our Poet-Athletes and time spent on the bus reinforces this essential aspect of SCORES culture!

Now you know what makes the SCORES Bus magic, 
help us make it possible! 

Monday, July 27, 2015

SCORES Cup 2015: The hottest tournament around!

In case you missed the preliminary rounds of 

SCORES Cup 2015...


One thing we can say for sure is that SCORES Cup 2015 at Marymoor Park was hot! A huge thank you to all of our teams who showed up and really gave their all despite the heat! Everyone truly rocked it on and off the field! 

There was plenty of fancy footwork!  

And the fans were out in full force!

The competition was fierce! 

The teamwork was admirable!

Of course, congratulations to our finalists! 

And particular thanks to all of our participants and friends who came out to lend a helping hand...

You truly do make a difference!!!

Join us this Saturday, August 1st at 9:30AM when our finalists take to the field at CenturyLink!

Please bring family and friends!

Entry begins at 9AM at the NW VIP entrance! 

Friday, June 12, 2015


Join America SCORES Seattle, Lamar Neagle and fellow Sounders FC Players for Camp Rumba!

Kick back, relax, and indulge at Rumba while your favorite Sounders FC mix things up behind the bar! 

Rumba is located in Seattle's vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood and over the past few years has gained quite an exceptional reputation for its Caribbean style food and beverages.

Wednesday, June 17th
5:30-7:30 PM
1112 Pike St. 
Seattle, WA 98112

Novo Fogo Logo
All proceeds from cocktails made with Novo Fogo's Cachaca will go directly to support SCORES Camp for at-risk youth! SCORES Camp is designed to reduce summer learning loss, provide nutritious foods and keep kids active! 

In addition to great food and libations, America SCORES Seattle will be raffling off an autographed Sounders FC
game ball and more!

So, come one, come all and join us for this exciting event! 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


SCORES CUP 2015 is just around the corner!


Finals at Centurylink! Qualify to play like the pros in front of 67,000 (seats)!

Men's Teams...

And Co-Ed, too!

Together we can make our goals! Use this opportunity to build your office team, enjoy a little competition and have fun! At the same time you will be making an important contribution to the enrichment of the lives of at-risk youth in Seattle's Public Schools!

For more information or 
to register your team, 
call (206) 988-1000 
or e-mail Carole Kelley at! 

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!