For the past 21 years on Thursday afternoons across Washington, DC, elementary school kids have taken to neighborhood soccer fields for DC SCORES game day. They've proudly worn matching T-shirts with DC SCORES on the front and their school name on the back.
There's a reason Thursday is the favorite day of the week for the majority of our third- through fifth-grade poet-athletes.
For the past 10 years, the same can be said for our middle school poet-athletes on Friday afternoons. We've consistently run the only public and public charter soccer league for students in grades sixth through eighth across the District. A handful of schools without our program have paid to participate in the league each year because of its reputation and organization and the opportunity it provides.
And now, beginning this afternoon, we are adding Wednesday game day!
Today, in partnership with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, is our first "City Soccer League" game day for recreation center sites in our program. Across the District, eight recreation centers will meet for games set in the same format as our elementary school leagues.
The co-ed games will be led by DC SCORES staff members. Sportsmanship and learning will be stressed above all else. And, of course, having fun and embodying our values -- teamwork, leadership and commitment -- will be emphasized too.
Adding several recreation centers to our programming first and foremost allows us to serve more DC kids in need, providing after-school programming and the game day experience for kids who don't attend DC SCORES schools or are at schools with overflowing interest in the program.
You can view our list of DC SCORES sites and league partners online here, and check out the full game day schedule for the season here.
Let the games begin!