Inspire DC Youth Through Soccer, Poetry & Service

Aug 9, 2010

DC SCORES Summer Update

Making new friends at camp
Making new friends at camp

This summer, DC SCORES hosted three summer camps for our poet-athletes. As one of our supporters, we would like to take the opportunity to tell you about one of them:

On a hot June afternoon, counselors and coaches pumped up the 35 elementary and middle school students at Bruce Monroe Elementary School at Park View.

“When I say ‘DC,’ you all say ‘SCORES!’ DC!” “SCORES!” “DC!” “SCORES!”

With that introductory cheer, our six-week Soccer & Arts Summer Camp was underway. A wide range of students of various ages from different parts of the city – both DC SCORES newbies and veterans – gathered on the first day of camp to improve their soccer skills, engage their creative side in the classroom, and make new friends. Some of the camp highlights included:

• Step dancing with Step Afrika; • Nutrition workshops with DC Central Kitchen including a guided tour of Giant Market in Columbia Heights; • A visit to the White House for the trophy presentation of the Women’s Professional Soccer champions; • An interactive tour of the Children’s Gallery of Black History; • A visit from the Washington DC Knights, an organized soccer team through Street Soccer USA; and • Performing a group poem at halftime at a Washington Freedom game.

Our summer camp participants gained valuable skills and had meaningful experiences. Studies show that the way students spend their summers is one of the biggest factors contributing to the widening education gap in the U.S., which is why participating in free summer camps can significantly improve a student’s success during the school year. With our summer camps, we were able to keep our poet-athletes across the city engaged, active and having fun – all while keeping their minds fresh and ready for the upcoming school year.

Guided tour of Giant Market
Guided tour of Giant Market
Teambuilding games
Teambuilding games
Soccer practice
Soccer practice



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