To inspire in urban children a lasting dedication to education, healthy living, and civic responsibility.
About the Organization:
America SCORES is an afterschool soccer program that helps children ages 8 through 12 grow on and off the field. Founded by Julie Kennedy, a Washington, D.C. teacher and avid soccer player, the program requires children to use the teamwork they learn on the field to support each other as authors in the classroom. SCORES hires and trains public school teachers to be soccer and writing coaches, recruits separate teams of girls and boys, and works with schools, community partners, and parks departments to renovate and use local playing fields. The organization provides soccer activities, writing workshops, and game days on alternating afternoons weekly during fall and spring seasons. Some affiliates also offer summer and winter programs. America SCORES serves 5,000 elementary school students in sixteen metropolitan areas across the country.
America SCORES programs focus on creative writing curricula, including complete lessons for developing teamwork, leadership, and communication skills; professional development resources for teachers and coaches; and technical assistance to support and develop the soccer/academic enrichment model. The nonprofit also publishes Kicker!, a national magazine written for and by children; hosts the annual SCORES Cup in affiliate cities to raise money for local programs; and offers challenge grants to individuals who want to develop soccer/academic enrichment programs in their public schools.
The America SCORES Web site features interactive activities for kids; a poetry page where they can add their own works; suggested community projects; resources for coaches; and links to soccer Web sites. The SCORES site also provides information about childhood obesity and literacy, and steps for setting up a local America SCORES program.
America SCORES is supported primarily by corporate gifts and grants from corporate and private foundations, including the United States Soccer Foundation.