Inspire DC Youth Through Soccer, Poetry & Service

Sep 7, 2012

DC SCORES alumni volunteer their time, hearts, and skills to summer camp

Nana helping campers tie-dye
Nana helping campers tie-dye

August 6, 2012

With summer camp coming to a close last week, I took the time to reflect on the summer’s best moments. Nothing has been more valuable than the alumni’s dedication to community service, a passion first introduced to them when participating in DC SCORES as young poet-athletes.

This summer there were over 15 dedicated volunteers who came out as coaches, camp counselors, and all-around DC SCORES enthusiasts. We want to take the time to personally highlight a few extraordinary individuals who went above and beyond in donating their time to our program.

Nana, a rising junior at Wilson High School

Saul, a rising senior at Bell Multicultural

Rachel, a rising junior at Wilson

For Nana, he wanted nothing more than to "spend the summer showing kids why DC SCORES was so important to me when I was their age." As a leader on the soccer field, he took ownership of his soccer skills. He showed the campers that if you work hard enough and play with heart instead of just your mind, than you can grow into an amazing athlete.

Saul said it wasn't difficult to find an incentive to work at camp, even though his peers were being paid through our Summer Youth Employment Program. "Seeing the kids every day, and hearing them chant my name at camp was more than enough,” Saul said. “I made some great friends on staff too, friends that have lived near me this whole time and I had no idea!"

Our staff camaraderie was also one of the things Rachel looked forward to when returning to volunteer for a second summer: "This is what I love to do, and I've made great friends along the way!" When asked what her favorite part of the camp was, she replied, "I have to choose just one?!"

Nana's favorite part was "seeing how the kids could develop better skills over the summer. I think they really did get better!"

Saul, on the other hand, said, "Seeing the program change from when I was a camper; it's really cool to see."

The interactions between these high school volunteers and elementary aged campers have been interesting to watch! By the last week of camp, Saul walked the campers from his neighborhood home day after day because their mom works in the evening. And he was invited to this neighbor’s family cookout!

Nana has become a bit of a soccer legend in these parts, counting down the days until he can follow in fellow alum Josselin's footsteps in the Nike Chance Challenge. He now has 40 young campers rooting for him all the way!

Rachel says she can't wait to come back next summer, even though the kids still remind her of that time she fell on her face during soccer practice.

To the high school students who volunteered their summers full of pool days and beach trips to make our camps the best they could be: I will always find your commitment inspiring.

To all of our volunteers this summer: we extend a gracious and sincere thank you in the form of a very, very high-five!.

David and Dennis (DC SCORES alum and volunteers)
David and Dennis (DC SCORES alum and volunteers)
Soccer camp coaches, alumni volunteers and campers
Soccer camp coaches, alumni volunteers and campers



About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information


Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Amy Nakamoto
Washington, DC United States

Retired Project!

This project is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?

Find another project in United States or in Children that needs your help.
Find a Project

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.