March 22, 2012

Brothers with a Mission to Make a Difference

Marko & Nick unloading the gear
What do you get when you add energetic, motivated children to a supported community and youth soccer?

An inspiring story of two brothers who want to make a difference in communities that don't look like theirs!

Meet Nick and Marko, Steck Elementary School Student Council leaders, who organized and operated collections of gently used soccer gear for America SCORES Denver through their school and the teams at Colorado Rapids Academy.

Nick and Marko's messages to the SCORES participants as shared by each:

          Message From Nick:
Hi SCORES SOCCER STARS! The students from Steck Elementary School collected 92 items for the students at Scores Denver including: 24 pairs of cleats, 2 pair goalkeeper gloves, 13 pairs of shin guards, 6 pairs of socks, 15 t-shirts, 14 shorts and 18 soccer balls, for you to use during recess and after-school. I hope you have lots of fun playing soccer at your schools, and score a million goals too! Go SCORES!!
          From Marko and the Rapids Youth Academy:
Hello America SCORES-Denver students! Last week the Rapids Academy boys and girls held a soccer gear collection drive for your club. We are sending a big box of brand new cleats, socks, balls and soccer bags too. Have fun juggling, making great moves while dribbling, and score two million goals!!

Donations by Steck Elementary 
America SCORES Denver staff members are so appreciative of these boys' efforts!  It's especially wonderful because our spring programming has a community focus and each of our teams are currently involved in service-learning. The voices of youth in Denver communities are powerful and inspiring!   
Thanks to Colorado Rapids Academy for "kicking" in the gear bags,
socks, and a box full of brand new cleats! 

March 8, 2012

Big, Exciting News for SCORES and Our Partners!

On March 7, 2012, the U.S. Soccer Foundation awarded a $300,000 Social Innovation Fund Sub-Grant to Colorado Fusion Soccer Club to support the implementation of Soccer for Success in Denver, in collaboration with America SCORES Denver and The Piton Foundation. 


Soccer for Success is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s after-school, sports-based youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and provides nutrition education and mentorship to children in at-risk communities.  Read the full Press Release and share the news with your network!

This is really exciting for our community and our partners at Colorado Fusion Soccer Club, with whom we will be working to serve 1,200 students!  Receiving this grant will allow us to take soccer into a group of schools within the area referred to as the Children's Corridor, a 14-mile strip of Denver and Aurora with a high population of children living in poverty and/or at-risk of being left behind.

The Social Innovation Fund requires that each federal dollar granted be matched by the intermediaries and again by the organizations selected to receive a Sub-Grant. Colorado Fusion Soccer Club was one of thirteen non-profit organizations across the nation to receive the 2012 Soccer for Success SIF Sub-Grant. Implementation of Soccer for Success will begin in Fall/Winter 2012. In Denver, The Piton Foundation is leading the efforts to raise the local match.

We are thankful for the partnership of Colorado Fusion Soccer Club and the Piton Foundation, and are looking forward to making the plans on paper a reality in the coming months!

Check back often to watch our progress and read our news.

March 1, 2012

Preparing for Spring

It may still look and feel like winter outside, but we're busy with preparations for America SCORES Denver's spring 2012 season.

We have a lot going on--National Poetry SLAM! poets' meetings and practice for the exiting April trip to New York City; soccer and writing coach training sessions are next week for the whole SCORES Corps; Inspired Art project artists began submitting their original works as inspired by our very own poet-athletes; and students in all ten schools are getting geared up for their first sessions March 12. Make sure to check out our upcoming events to the right and join us for games or events.

What could be better than a Friday afternoon in spring?  Volunteering outside with SCORES kids on our game days!  We love volunteers to offer their time and talents at our special events as well...

  • Are you a business owner who could be a sponsor?  We need help with April's Inspired Art, July's SCORES Cup, and have many opportunities for businesses to help continue our programs in Denver schools.
  • Do you have friends with bare walls?  Make sure to get tickets to Inspired Art, at Artwork Network in Denver's Art District on Santa Fe, April 12! 
  • Are you, or do you have a connection who might be, an expert who would be a guest speaker in our schools when our students research their community projects through the spring service learning?
  • Do you have public speaking or poetry performance experience?  Let us know you'd like to help our National Poetry SLAM! representatives practice for their big day at the Apollo Theater.
  • Are you a runner?  Sign up for the Colfax Marathon because we're a charity partner!
  • Love to help but can't get off work in time for weekday activities?  Volunteer at our Jamboree! round-robin style tournament to be held at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, May 18 from 5:00 to 8:00PM.
We'll find a place for you if you want to work with us!  Contact Nikole at 303-832-5879 or