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Monday, June 20, 2016

DC SCORES hosts three free summer camps in 2016

Today marks the official beginning of summer, and also the first day of DC SCORES summer camp.

At this moment under sun-soaked skies, nearly 100 DC kids are learning new soccer skills, making friends, exercising, playing games, and having fun at Kelly Miller Middle School.

Get ready for 39 more days like this!

DC SCORES hosts three free soccer and enrichment camps spanning June 20-July 29. The camps involve soccer instruction, games, arts enrichment, team-building, field trips, and much more. This image shows what each camp offers.

The camps are offered free of charge to any DC kids who fit the age ranges. While the Truesdell arts & soccer camp is full, students are still being accepted for the Kelly Miller (ongoing) and Tubman camps. Kids don't need to be full-year SCORES poet-athletes to participate. 

The camps are led by experienced, skilled coaches who have a strong history of leading DC SCORES
teams and understand our values of teamwork, leadership, and commitment. At the conclusion of camp days and weeks, coaches reward outstanding campers with TLC patches and other prizes for demonstrating the values and having a positive impact on their peers.

One of the coolest things about the camps is how they bring together kids from all parts of the city. It's similar to Fall Frenzy or Jamboree! except that kids from east of the Anacostia River and NW neighborhoods such as Columbia Heights really get to know and understand each other over the course of one, two or five weeks.

Friendships are born, communities are bridged.

Summer is a critical time for low-income youth such as those in DC SCORES. Kids in families that lack the resources to send them to traditional summer camps have been proven to suffer learning loss that sets them back once school begins. Additionally, the rate of obesity gains during the summer months increases for idle kids without a safe, supportive place to stay physically active. And keeping kids off the street and in positive environments cuts down on the chances of them being poorly influenced or directed.

Watch the video below to see just a snapshot of the impact our summer camps have on DC kids, and follow the hashtag #SummerSCORES on Twitter and Instagram all the way through July to learn about the kids, their experiences in the program, and much more.

2015 Summer SCORES photos

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