This year, the forecast is clear.
Not that the weather at DC SCORES' annual Alumni Tournament dictates the turnout. After two years of rainstorms that didn't keep over 100 high school students from showing up at Tubman Elementary School, Tuesday's forecast is for 60 and sunny.
District Sports and with support from the Truth Initiative, is the biggest alumni event of the year -- reuniting former poet-athletes on the turf field at Tubman for four hours of soccer games, catching up with old friends and teammates, and much more.
Thanks to the tournament sponsors, each participant receives a customized T-shirt and kids form teams usually based on their former DC SCORES affiliations. For example, there's often a Lincoln Middle School team (or two), a Raymond Education Campus team, and other school-based squads representing all parts of DC.
The most incredible aspect of the tournament is just how good the players are. No other event showcases how much kids improve by going through the DC SCORES pipeline. You'll see kids on the field who in third or fourth grade didn't know the rules of the game who are now star high school athletes and on the cusp of playing at the collegiate level.
But that's not the best part of the day, which belongs to the ubiquitous sense of community. It's amazing to see how many kids dedicate a large chunk of a spring break day to DC SCORES -- many of them showing up well before the tournament kicks off at 11am.
We owe a huge thanks to District Sports for sponsoring the alumni tournament and to the Truth Initiative for its support of our older-youth program.
We hope to see you on the pitch tomorrow!
6TH ANNUAL ALUMNI TOURNAMENT
- What: 6v6 soccer round-robin soccer tournament, with top teams advancing to playoffs
- When: Tuesday, March 29, 11am-3pm
- Where: Tubman Elementary School (map)
- Online registration: HERE