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Monday, June 26, 2017

15th Annual DC SCORES Cup raises $170,000 for DC kids

Written by Jake Lloyd
Communications Manager

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The 15th Annual DC SCORES Cup lived up to its billing as the largest in the tournament's history.

With more than 10 new companies in the mix, 40 teams participated in the DC area's largest corporate charity soccer tournament and raised $170,000 in support of DC SCORES. The 40 teams was eight more than the previous record number of participating companies and law firms.

On what turned out to be a beautiful, sunny Saturday, more than 600 people of various soccer skill levels and ages played 112 soccer games across 10 fields at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md. The teams were split into four brackets, giving each company a catered experience.

Those into being super competitive got their wish, with Clark Construction winning the division. Grant Thornton took home the new Intermediate Division championship. Capital for Children won the Casual Division. And Arnold & Porter Kay Scholer was victorious in the first year of the Law Firms Division.

A big thank you to Subway, which sponsored lunch for the second consecutive year. DrinkMore Water provided all the hydration needed. And KRā electrolyte drinks provided free samples throughout the afternoon and cases of its replenishing beverage to the teams who pushed on to the playoffs -- playing their sixth or even seventh game.

D.C. United mascot Talon made an appearance, walking the grounds and posing for photos with the teams. And thanks to DC's Major League Soccer team -- which also brought a staff team to the Cup -- every participant received a ticket to the July 22 D.C. United game which will be preceded by a large DC SCORES tailgate, too.

From the legacy teams that have participated in every DC SCORES Cup -- Marriott, Hogan Lovells US LLP and Zuckerman Spaeder LLP -- to the new teams, the 15th version of the event was the most successful ever as DC's most prominent soccer tournament for charity continues to grow.

We look forward to 2018!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Free summer camps hosted by DC SCORES!

Written by Lorena Palacios
Communications Intern

Summer SCORES has officially begun today with the first summer camp of the season!

Forty fun-filled days where DC kids get the opportunity to participate in activities that teach and promote teamwork, leadership and commitment.

This summer, DC SCORES is hosting three camps in different parts of the city starting June 19 to July 28.

The first two soccer camps are hosted at JC Nalle Community School in SE and Tubman Elementary School in NW. The third camp consists of a five-week soccer and arts camp at Truesdell Education Campus.

The camps are FREE to all DC kids who are within the age eligibility range. This is a great opportunity for kids that are not full-year DC SCORES poet-athletes to experience one of the best summer camp experiences in the city!

During summer SCORES, our goal is to create a fun and welcoming environment for kids during the summer months that keeps their minds and bodies in good shape. All the camp activities are led by expert coaches that are trained in soccer and positive youth development. We provide all participants with a t-shirt and at least one meal every day of camp.

Our camps offer a unique opportunity for kids from all different parts of the city to come together and build long-lasting friendships! 

The summer months are a critical period for low-income youth due to their lack of activity when not in school. Kids that don't have the resources to attend tradition summer camps often struggle with learning loss once classes resume. 

DC SCORES offers a solution to this issue by giving kids the confidence and skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom, and in life.

Take a look at our summer camp photos and don't forget to check out our highlight video below from last year to see what summer SCORES is all about!

Follow the hashtag #summerSCORES and our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts to stay updated on our summer!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Awards day - DC SCORES wins twice in one morning

Written by Jake Lloyd
Communications Manager

This morning was special for DC SCORES. By the time staff members walked into the office, our social media channels were blowing up.

We had received two huge honors in a matter of minutes. Talk about starting the week off right.

The first one we knew about. For the fourth time, the Catalogue for Philanthropy chose DC SCORES for inclusion in its annual catalogue celebrating the best nonprofits in Washington, DC. We have now been picked for the catalogue all four times we've been eligible and applied.

This is a tremendous testament to our continued work with kids -- now 2,200 served annually -- in communities across the District.


Minutes later, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement chose DC SCORES as the winner of its 2017 Advancement in Management (AIM) Award. The AIM for Excellence Award Competition is an annual award presented to a Washington, DC metropolitan area nonprofit organization for outstanding achievement in organizational management.

This is what Susan Leon Seemann, an AIM Award Selection Committee Member, had to say about DC SCORES:

“I was blown away by the deliberate process that DC SCORES has attacked each of their deficiencies. They understand no nonprofit is perfect, embrace their imperfections, come up with a way to improve them, measure their results, and make adjustments based on the results. This is the epitome of excellence in management and what this award is about."

DC SCORES is thrilled to have received such distinguished awards and looks forward to continuing to grow and strive to serve every child in DC in need of our year-round programming.

"These are both incredible honors," said Executive Director Bethany Rubin Henderson. "They are a testament to the work our staff, board of directors, and coaches put in to make DC SCORES a model kids-serving organization in Washington, DC. We look forward to continuing our growth as a program and also from a management standpoint as we move into our 24th year in the District."


DC SCORES goes where kids in need are and creates neighborhood teams that give kids the confidence and skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom, and in life.

We envision a DC where every child – no matter their family income – experiences the joys of childhood: sports, arts, service, and being part of a team. Where every child – no matter their family circumstances – is empowered to find academic success and grow into an emotionally and physically healthy teen and adult. Where every neighborhood supports and celebrates its children and their accomplishments on and off the playing field.

DC SCORES’ school-based, team-based, whole child programming — delivered through free after-school programs and summer camps facilitated by trained youth development professionals — intentionally integrates soccer, poetry, and service-learning to help low-income 3rd-8th graders throughout the District build physical fitness, find their voice, improve their literacy, increase school engagement, and strengthen ties to their community.

Julie Kennedy, a former teacher at Marie Reed Learning Center, invented this complementary combination of activities in 1994 when she began working with a group of 15 girls with little to do after school. Ms. Kennedy learned that the team-centered relationships built on the soccer field translated into poetry workshops, and the development of teamwork and leadership prepared students to act as agents of change in their communities through service-learning projects.

America SCORES 
The program quickly expanded throughout DC, and in 1999 Kennedy began sites in Boston and Chicago, thus creating America SCORES, headquarters to 13 programs across the United States and Canada: Bay Area, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New England, New York, Portland, St. Louis, Seattle, Vancouver, and Washington, DC.

Visit www.DCSCORES.org to learn more, donate, and/or volunteer.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

You helped kids create change on Do More 24!

UPDATE: Thank you to all of our donors for helping us raise $11,046 during Do More 24! Scroll to the bottom to see our high five list of everyone that contributed!


Today is Do More 24, the biggest day of giving in the DC area for more than 700 local nonprofits. This is a day to celebrate and support the hundreds of incredibly important causes in the region, and we hope you'll support DC SCORES to help us achieve our goal of $10,000 raised during 24 hours!

We're so inspired by the desire to help create change in the community from all of our DC SCORES participants. During the spring SCORES season, we've witnessed a wide variety of service-learning projects including toy making for local animal shelters, educational skits for parents, healthy lifestyle awareness campaigns, Barnard Elementary School holding a march for immigrants' rights, and many, many more! 

As with each giving day we participate in, we understand the impact of every single donation. To show this, we will track and update the list of donor High Fives below during the 24 hours! We will also give shout-outs on Twitter and Facebook throughout the day! You can CLICK TO TWEET, too.

High Fives List!, time
Dahna Goldstein, 11:48pm
Heather Copeland, 11:31pm
Melanie Fineman, 11:31pm
John Lloyd, 11:28pm
Martin Palacios, 11:23pm
Emily Schulman, 11:12pm
Anonymous, 11:10pm
Heidi Hochstetler, 11:06pm
James Armold, 11:02pm
Maryann Jacobsen, 10:45pm
John Guzman, 10:22pm
Kelsi Moran, 10:16pm
Emma Peterson, 10:04pm
Phillip Knight, 10:00pm
Carlos Fonseca, 9:47pm
Aleta Greer, 9:31pm
Katherine Makris, 9:30pm
Madeline Harrington, 9:14pm
Cal Klausner, 9:09pm
Stanley Kober, 9:04pm
Ryan Kelley, 8:56pm
Simon Landau, 8:42pm
Nick DiMarco, 8:39pm
Launa Hochstetler, 8:35pm
Leah Hochstetler, 8:34pm
Mary and Terry Fairbanks, 8:25pm
John Kemp, 8:24pm
Felix Lloyd, 8:22pm
Christina Tunison, 8:21pm
Sharon Plonsker, 8:19pm
Judith Kemp, 8:14pm
Jessica Rosen, 8:08pm
Shayna Tivona, 8:06pm
Jesse B. Rauch, 8:05pm
Martha Kirk Richardson, 8:03pm
Greg Sisson, 8:02pm
Chester Pennock, 7:55pm
Anonymous, 7:51pm
Jacqui Kemp, 7:50pm
Andrea Custis, 7:48pm
Dimi Venkov, 7:47pm
Mary Kusler, 7:46pm
Anonymous, 7:40pm
Angel Horacek, 7:38pm
Beth Hofer, 7:30pm
Greg James, 7:26pm
Daniel Henderson, 7:24pm
Lucas Eckman, 7:21pm
Anonymous, 7:16pm
David Owens, 7:13pm
Zach Warren, 6:48pm
Kemba Ford, 6:43pm
Sharyn Sutton, 6:41pm
Ignacio Stearns, 6:38pm
Aya Takeuchi, 6:28pm
Anonymous, 6:04pm
Charlie Davis, 6:00pm
Nigel Stacey, 5:59pm
Jacqui Kemp, 5:59pm
Jeremy Rupp, 5:58pm
Sara Kushma, 5:56pm
John Lingerfelt, 5:54pm
Lily Goldstein, 5:53pm
Kelly Sheehan, 5:51pm
Jeffrey Koung, 5:47pm
David Sheon, 5:39pm
Chloe Doto, 5:33pm
Rob Freeman, 5:27pm
Marisa Joelson, 5:27pm
Will Sutton, 5:19pm
Sunithi Hindagolla, 5:14pm
Brian Sanker, 5:13pm
Anonymous, 5:05pm
Karen Sutton, 5:03pm
Anne Copeland, 5:03pm
Nicholas Poitras, 5:02pm
David Goodwin, 5:00pm
James Frison, 4:58pm
Bob and Patty Watkins, 4:46pm
Lauren Bateman, 4:45pm
Chris Richardson, 4:43pm
Sean Hinkle, 4:36pm
Joshua McGee, 4:33pm
Samuel Healy, 4:26pm
Elizabeth Watkins, 4:25pm
Tony Francavilla, 4:24pm
Jess Trevelyan, 4:21pm
Deeana Klepper, 4:19pm
Traci Lee, 4:19pm
Michael Riggins, 4:17pm
CJ Trevelyan, 4:17pm
Peña Madridista, 4:13pm
Ella Trevelyan, 4:13pm
Anonymous, 4:13pm
Emma Okpych, 4:12pm
Christine Okpych, 4:10pm
Stu Trevelyan, 4:09pm
Geoffrey Okpych, 4:09pm
Laura Straus, 4:07pm
Tim and Kathy Hinkle, 4:07pm
Marie Okpych, 4:07pm
Walter Okpych IV, 4:05pm
Rachel Klepper, 4:01pm
Ronya Corey, 4:00pm
Alyson Blair, 3:59pm
Noelle Gires, 3:44pm
Carl Cohen, 3:32pm
Julie Anne Rogers, 3:13pm
Barbara Penzner, 3:03pm
Alyssa Sheinbaum, 2:49pm
Stephanie Dencik, 2:25pm
Julia Thayer, 2:31pm
Sara Sutton, 2:18pm
Dahlia Chaudhury, 2:12pm
Adam Rubinfield, 2:07pm
Anonymous, 2:04pm
Tim Swartzendruber, 1:59pm
Christopher Verbeck, 1:57pm
Jason Finney, 1:57pm
Alexandra Tilsley, 1:25pm
Elaine Lu, 1:25pm
Anthony Piccari, 1:05pm
Jack Reagan, 1:04pm
Jessica Scheer, 12:38pm
Melani Robinson, 12:23pm
Emily Kruger, 11:57am
Chris Bellmyer, 11:48am
Jocelyn Potts, 11:48am
Dori Hazan, 11:47am
Susana Hill, 11:38am
Allison Brown, 11:37am
Jessica Trevelyan, 11:33am
Holly O'Donnell, 11:22pm
Sarah Helinek, 11:16am
Anonymous, 11:16am
Lee Goldstein, 11:14am
Alex Collins, 11:07am
Cheryl Gregory, 10:51am
Ed Lohmeyer, 10:44am
Gerald Andriole, 10:42am
Joseph Heilman, 10:33am
Hafid Dumet, 10:30am
Amy Nakamoto, 10:22am
Dawn Loper, 10:10am
Faisal AlBanna, MD, 10:01am
Steve Petros, 10:00am
Andrew Guild, 9:56am
Gerald Prado, 9:41am
Rachel Storey, 9:35am
Anonymous, 9:34am
Anonymous, 9:33am
Courtney Smith, 9:26am
Elaine Walizer, 9:19am
Michael McRae, 9:18am
Gabby Albanna, 9:17am
Perry Smith, 9:14am
Sandy Jumonville Brown, 9:10am
Robert Warshaw, 9:02am
Mary Kennedy, 9:00am
Kristin Foti, 8:44am
Casey Forgey, 8:17am
Joshua Freedholm, 8:17am
Erich Walizer, 8:08am
Joshua Coolidge, 8:00am
Tim Preotle, 7:59am
Kelly Harley, 7:58am
David Crespo, 7:45am
Lorena Palacios, 7:38am
Karen Lovitch, 7:23am
David Eli Owens, 7:18am
Kuang Li, 7:18am
Kenneth Owens, 7:17am
Katrina Owens, 7:15am
Jennifer Oxley, 7:07am
Deb Buch, 7:02am
Anne H. Woodworth, 6:54am
Bethany Henderson, 6:54am
Patricia Zebrowski, 6:45am
Stevie Smith, 6:44am
Brian Wright, 6:44am
Mary Ann Badavi, 6:18am
Zach Straus, 6:00am
Steph Wolfram, 6:00am
Jake Lloyd, 6:00am
Alexandra Hyman, 6:00am
Melissa Surette, 4:01pm (6/5)
Anya and Mike Ruben, 5:25pm (6/1)
Jake Lloyd, 2:45pm (5/30)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Spring SCORES with the Tigers, Part VIII: Wrapping up for Jamboree!

This spring, we are following Amidon-Bowen's season highlighting their service-learning project, but also attending games and soccer practices. The Tigers are located in Southwest D.C. in Ward 6. You can follow along on Twitter and InstagramCheck out Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, and VII of the mini series.

Written by Lorena Palacios
Communications Intern

In the final edition of our series with the Tigers, I got the chance to hear from the kids and coaches how successful Fight 4 Fitness was in their community, as well as hang out with them at Jamboree!.

During soccer practice and service-learning, there seemed to be a certain level of excitement in the air knowing that Jamboree! was only a few days away. The time the Tigers spent outside playing soccer was very free-flowing and lively, truly just playing for the love of the game. As the school year comes to an end soon, one of the second grade classes came out to practice to see what was in store for them next year as third graders when they become a part of DC SCORES.

Going into service-learning time, I was so excited to find out how their Fight 4 Fitness campaign went and check out the poster they were working on that showcased their project.

It is obvious how much these kids love to put their creative skills to use! The poster was super colorful with drawings the Tigers made of their favorite fruits and vegetables, pictures of them going out to grocery stores, and talking to their peers about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Their next task was to create captions for their pictures to explain what happening during that captured moment, but Coach Lee added the challenge of writing the caption in five words or fewer. It can be hard to write so little about something you love so much, but the Amidon-Bowen students crushed the challenge like always.

Everything was ready for the big day... JAMBOREE!

When I met up with the Tigers during the spring season celebration, their levels of excitement and happiness were through the roof! They were so thrilled to share their service-learning project, as well as see what the other DC SCORES teams worked on during the season.

It was such a great sight to see everyone enjoy such a truly special day. Coach Carlos, Coach Lee, and Coach Pecot looked so proud watching their team compete with other schools on the field. There was so much support from the kids as they cheered on their teammates during the games.

I will always be super grateful for the opportunity I had to work with all of the kids and the coaches that were always a pleasure to work with. My days were better whenever I had the chance to hang out at Amidon-Bowen.

There honestly could not have been a better way to wrap up spring SCORES with the Tigers. Their hard work on and off the field paid off in amazing ways by creating change in their community. Fight 4 Fitness was more than just an awareness campaign, it was the first step toward a healthier lifestyle for the rest of their lives.

Monday, June 5, 2017

22nd edition of Jamboree! brings the community together to celebrate

Written by Lorena Palacios
Communications Intern

(View all Jamboree! photos in our Flickr album)

DC SCORES celebrated the 22nd edition of Jamboree! on a beautiful Saturday filled with soccer, service-learning projects, and activities for the whole community.

During the course of six hours, 2,000 kids, alongside their families, gathered at Anacostia Park to celebrate the end of another successful DC SCORES spring season.

Jamboree! started early for DC SCORES staff in preparation for the exciting day ahead for everyone. Before teams started showing up, the staff arranged activity booths like face-painting and medal making, set up the fields that were going to see many, many goals throughout the day, and prepared an incredibly large group of early-rising volunteers for their tasks during the day.

As the teams arrived one by one, schools dropped off their service-learning posters to display the projects they've been working on all season.

Once setup was complete, Jamboree! officially started with the elementary school City Cup championship games. The girls from Aiton and Thomson and the boys from Aiton and Tubman set the tone for all the great games that would be played nonstop across 15 fields. By the conclusion of the championship games, the expansive grassy field was filled with teams from all eight wards in Washington, DC -- a true citywide event -- as well as hundreds of families, community members, and DC SCORES partners.

As tradition, all of the elementary schools gathered around DJ RBI for chants to represent their schools. One by one, teams yelled out enthusiastically as their schools were called out by Program Director Sean Hinkle.

The first stop for many for the kids included a picture frame booth, where the soccer stars got to showcase their crafting skills. Up next, Goldman Sachs volunteers provided more color to everyone's day with their face painting booth. There were also hundreds of books on display to choose from, as volunteers from Aronson made suggestions for the kids' summer reading lists.

In order to stay game-ready, the student-athletes had stations that kept them warmed up like relay races with members of the November Project, shooting practice with Penya Barcelonista, and some dodgeball to mix it up a bit with volunteers from Grant Thornton.

All the fun activities built an appetite for the teams and coaches, so Revolution Foods was there with healthy meals, which included sandwiches and fruits and veggies to keep those energy levels high for the whole day.

Just when things didn't seem like they could get better, the DC SCORES' teams got a surprise visit from everybody's favorite mascot, D.C. United's Talon. Families, volunteers, and of course the kids smiled from ear to ear as they snapped photos with Talon and danced to DJ RBI's beats.

As the day continued, the energy and enthusiasm never slumped for a second!

The day concluded with the middle school and co-ed championship games, where DC SCORES Executive Director Bethany Rubin Henderson presented the game finalists with well-deserved trophies and medals for all the players and coaches.

At the end of another amazing and successful Jamboree!, it's impossible not to recognize the support and efforts from all of our volunteers -- from just after sunrise until every cone and flag was picked up from the field. Thank you to  the volunteer groups from Aronson LLCGoldman SachsCapital OneNovember Project DCHogan LovellsGrant ThrontonClark Construction, Bucknell Alumni, Atlas Corps, and Accenture.

Of course, we need to thank all the partners involved as well for everything they do for DC SCORES: D.C. UnitedRevolution FoodsDJ RBI, SafewayJunior League of Washington's Resolution Read Committee, and Penya Barcelonista.

Jamboree! is for the community. For the families, volunteers, partners, and without a doubt the kids! Thank you all for an amazing day filled with sportsmanship, soccer, and tons and tons of fun!