Tomorrow and Friday are two very important – and fun – days for DC SCORES. Our Executive Director, Amy Nakamoto, will be on the corner of M and 18th streets, NW, juggling a soccer ball from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. to inspire funders, friends, and others to donate to our program as part of the Kick, Click, & SCORE Challenge.
For the majority of our program’s existence since 1994, such an unconventional fundraiser hasn’t been necessary. But today we face a $130,000 revenue shortfall that absolutely needs to be made up by the end of the fiscal year August 31. Thus the juggling.
DC SCORES is on a mission. Our goal is to raise $130,000 over two days. The terms are simple:
KICK. Keep the soccer ball moving and off the ground.
CLICK. Donate online and follow our progress.
SCORE. Give DC youth the tools to succeed on the field and in the classroom.
And it’s just as simple to help our cause. Here’s how:
- If you’re all about embarrassing your friends – or showing off their soccer talent – you can “challenge” a friend to come juggle a soccer ball with Amy (and if they can’t make it to 18th and M, they can juggle anywhere and upload a video to our Facebook page). By challenging them, you’re saying you’ll donate a certain amount to DC SCORES – it can be $5, it can be $1,000 – if they meet the challenge. Not only that, but your donation will be matched by a friend of DC SCORES until we reach the $25,000 mark.
- If you’d rather just donate to our unique after-school program without making a friend look silly, you can make an easy, secure donation of any amount.
As the Challenge continues, a soccer field thermometer on the website will become greener and greener as we get closer to our goal of $130,000. Regardless of the amount you give, you can play a hand in helping to support over 700 District kids at under-resourced elementary and middle schools learn how to play soccer as well as express themselves through poetry and service-learning.
So if you can come to 18th and M to join Amy juggle, that’d be great. I’m sure she’d enjoy some company in the scorching sun. But even better – go to kickclickandscore.org and challenge a relative, friend or, even, DC SCORES staff member, or just make a donation.
Either way, you’ll be making a huge difference in the lives of the District’s next jugglers.