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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Live blog: DC SCORES juggling to raise money at 18th and M intersection

7:00 p.m. -- The first day of the Kick, Click, & SCORE Challenge is officially over, with the amount raised unofficially at $15,168. Thanks to everyone who participated by either donating, challenging, or juggling today. Obviously, there is a lot of work to do tomorrow, but we appreciate all the support and media attention we've received thus far. Let's get back to it bright and early!

4:49 p.m. — DC SCORES alumni are on hand to help out the effort. Ojaye and Solomon, who who attend Coolidge and Anacostia high schools, respectively, are out in a drizzling rain kicking it around with Jennie — yes, she's still here — and Amy. There's no greater testament to our program's success than former participants coming back to help! 

4 p.m. It’s been 9 hours now.

Yes, that’s how long DC SCORES has been juggling a soccer ball on the corner of 18th and M streets in this 100-degree Washington, DC heat.

In sweltering conditions, Executive Director Amy Nakamoto and others have constantly kicked, kneed and headed a ball in a small, coned-off area on the busy Southwest corner of the intersection as part of the Kick, Click, & SCORE Challenge.

And we’re not stopping now. The goal is to raise $130,000 to close a revenue shortfall that our unique after-school program faces. Many of our middle-school students are at summer camp today, learning soccer skills and other talents in a productive environment. We want to be able, obviously, to keep providing them such opportunities.

And so we will keep juggling to raise those funds.

Visit kickclickandscore.org to donate or challenge a friend, relative or coworker to juggle a certain amount of times to fund our program. We appreciate every dollar that can be given.

And come down to 18th and M to juggle with us! As you’ll read below, we’ve had a variety of people stop through during the day to join Amy in the juggle ring.

3:46 p.m. — We’re just shy of $14,000. Help us keep climbing this mountain!

3:37 p.m. — Jennie is still here! She’s our Day 1 juggling MVP, along with Amy, of course, and now she’s juggling in a four-person square with a couple staff members and a summer camp volunteer named Mike. Great support, Jennie!

1:33 p.m. — Thanks to Vapiano Pizza for donating lunch to our gang here. It definitely helped keep us going. No stopping anytime soon.

1:01 p.m. — Jennie, who saw us on the news in the morning, stops by for some juggling. She immediately engages herself and is an expert at keeping the ball off the ground.

12:35 p.m. — “Go Amy!!!” yells a woman as she makes a left on 18th Street. It’s none other than Susie Kay, Executive Director of the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund.

12:29 p.m. — It’s time to bust out the chalk and update our number; we’ve eclipsed the $9,000 mark, hitting, $9,030. Five hours in … several more to go.

12:18 p.m. — We’re nearing $9,000 raised — remember, you can add to the effort at kickclickandscore.org — and now Amy is putting her soccer coaching skills to work, demonstrating the fine points of juggling to a staff member who is a bit inexperienced at the art.

11:21 a.m. — We’re over $8,000 raised, and traffic is increasing around our setup. A man walks by in a dress shirt and khakis and can’t help himself. He begins kicking it with Amy — quite well, actually, even with a drink in his hand. What better way to break up the work day than a little juggling? Hey, you’re going to get sweaty in this heat, anyway, just from walking.

11:11 a.m. — As the lunch hour nears, passers-by are showing an increasing interest in what is happening on this random street corner. In fact, a boy stops, takes off his socks, and begins to juggle with Amy.

8:45 a.m. — “And we’re on!” Fox-5 News has taken Amy and Deputy Director Lyndsey Vierra across the street to shoot a piece about the challenge. And get this — Amy is talking to the camera … while juggling! There’s no stopping her.

8:03 a.m. — “78 (kicks) is my record!” Amy exclaims. It’s been just over an hour, but our E.D. has already been hard at work keeping the soccer ball in the air as interested people walk by on the way to work.

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