March 24, 2013

Exciting Weekend for Denver

Thursday, 21 March, 27 Cowell students participated in a 90 minute clinic with professional coaches at the Denver Sports Center.  Each participant received a McDonald's Nike Dri Fit uniform, backpack, and some had the opportunity to attend the USA-Costa Rica game Friday the 22nd.

Denver was a winter wonderland just in time for the U.S. Men's National Team to take on Costa Rica at Dick's Sporting Goods Park! Zuriah Castillo, Carlos Aguilar, Axel Ruiz, and Stephanie Mejia were among the 22 children who walked out starters before joining coaches to watch the match Friday night.

It was exciting to have USA win the World Cup qualifier in our back yard, and even with the record-breaking snow it was a special event for some very happy America SCORES poet-athletes.

February 7, 2013

They're Heading to the Big Apple!

Performers from Eagleton Elementary
It's official. We have selected fifth graders Christian I. from Eagleton Elementary and Libni G. from Cowell Elementary to represent America SCORES Denver in the National Poetry SLAM! April 8, 2013 at the New York Stock Exchange.  These great kids will join 26 poet-athletes from other SCORES cities for a long weekend in New York City.

Newlon Elementary Poet-Athletes
Denver's auditions for the America SCORES National Poetry SLAM! were held Thursday, January 31 with 21 fourth and fifth graders performing original poetry for a panel of judges. The judges had a difficult time deciding among the participants and each poet-athlete should be proud of the accomplishments which inspired parents, teachers, coaches and passersby.

SCORES is thankful to our Starbucks partners and REI Store #6342 for hosting us Thursday! Starbucks Coffee Company made sure we had sound, somewhere to sit, and generously provided hot cocoa as a special treat to our students!

January 23, 2013

Mark Your Calendars

It may be the off-season but SCORES staff are busy planning great events and readying for spring! Please mark your calendars for upcoming annual events and click on links for more information.
Inspired Art 2012 poet-athletes
     National Poetry SLAM! Auditions        
     January 31, 2013, 3:30-5:00PM
     hosted by Starbucks Coffee Company, REI

     National Poetry SLAM! and activities  
     April 6-8, 2013
     New York City

Brandon Blew & James Mejia
Colfax Marathon 2012
     Inspired Art
     April 11, 2013, 5:30-8:00PM
     Artwork Network, Santa Fe Art District

     Colfax Marathon
     May 19, 2013
     beginning and ending in City Park

     SCORES Cup
     August 3, 2013 (to be confirmed)
     Dick's Sporting Goods Park

We're always looking for volunteers and SCORES supporters to make our events successful! Can you help prepare poets for a trip of a lifetime this spring? Are you an artist or collector who might contribute to Inspired Art? Are you a runner who can participate in the Colfax Marathon as a member of the SCORES team? Would your coworkers like to play against other companies and organizations in our annual soccer tournament?

Contact us at 303.832.5879 to answer any questions not found online! We look forward to seeing you at our 2013 events.

January 7, 2013

Happy New Year!

We welcome winter and hope you all enjoyed the holidays!

SCORES Denver's fall season ended with our 13th Annual Poetry SLAM! held at Abraham Lincoln High School in November.  We're always amazed by the variety of poetry and the talents of so many young poet-athletes.  Congratulations to all who performed their original works in front of teammates and community members!

Please visit our Picasa album to see all the great photos of teams and their performances, as well as the volunteers who helped make the night special.  A special thanks to Starbucks Coffee Company employees and  to the University of Denver students who worked that evening!

We also wish to express our thanks to our special guest from Minor Disturbance Youth Slam Poetry, Leah Scott, who attended our event in the middle of DU's finals week!  She wowed the crowd with several performances and we can't wait to see her again.

Our own poet-athletes wrote over 1,400 pieces this season.  Some are funny, some sad and inspirational; many are based on formats learned in over 30 hours of writing workshops this fall.

SCORES staff members have collected the poems and are busily posting some of our favorites for all to read on our Inspired Art Poetry page.  If you are, or know an artist who might like to be involved in our fourth annual Inspired Art event we welcome you to visit the Artists' Corner page for more information and to fill out a contract, letting us know which poem inspired you.  All submitted and accepted creations will be featured for auction at Artwork Network on April 11, 2013.

Other exciting happenings in this off-season will include preparations for National Poetry SLAM! in New York City and some organized soccer play time at SCORES schools for neighborhood children.  Check back for more information and stay on top of the latest news by "liking" us on Facebook.