BENEFITING: Boston Scores
ORGANIZER: Boston Scores
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013
HOURS PLEDGED: 15
Mileage Tracker: 323
I am running the Boston Marathon to raise funds for children's education at America Scores!
Please support me!
What is America Scores and what do they do to help the community? The mission of America SCORES Boston is to empower youth in Boston communities through an innovative combination of soccer leagues, writing, creative expression, and service-learning into a single after-school program. SCORES inspires Boston youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. In the 2009-2010 season, Boston SCORES served 1,500 Boston public elementary and middle school students, ages 8-14, in after-school, summer and winter programming.
Keeping Kids Safe: 21 percent of Massachusetts K-12 youth are entirely unsupervised in the afternoon (Afterschool Alliance, 2006). Youth who are not enrolled in after-school programs during these hours are 50 percent more likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol, 3 times more likely to skip classes, and 5 times more likely to be "D" students (Afterschool Alliance, 2007). America SCORES Boston keeps Boston youth safe and supervised during the high-risk after-school hours, and helps them develop the vital life skills they need to succeed in the future.
Promoting Health: In communities in Massachusetts, the childhood obesity rate is 35 percent (Mass. Health Policy Forum, 2008). Children are also not getting the exercise they need. The students attending Boston schools with SCORES programs attend physical education class only 45 minutes each week in elementary school, and 115 minutes per week in middle school (Boston Globe, 2009). Over the course of the SCORES program, SCORES elementary and middle school poet-athletes get the exercise they need by practicing and playing soccer 204 minutes per week and 240 minutes per week respectively.
Improving Literacy: Boston Public School students are also not making the grade. On the 2009 statewide MCAS exam, 70 percent of BPS students in 3rd grade, 69 percent in 4th grade, 63 percent in 5th grade, 57 percent in 6th grade, 52 percent in 7th grade, and 41 percent in 8th grade had scores "in need of improvement" or lower in English Language Arts (Mass. Dept. of Education, 2009). According to an independent study undertaken by America SCORES, SCORES poet-athletes showed across-the-board improvement of their writing.
Fostering Community Leadership: Youth who volunteer in their communities are more likely to abstain from drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes, succeed in school, graduate from high school, and vote (Afterschool Alliance, 2004). They are 50 percent more likely to say that they will probably graduate from college, and two times as likely to discuss world affairs with adults (Corporation for National & Community Service, 2007). After participating in the spring SCORES program, each SCORES poet-athlete will have created, designed, and implemented a service-learning project.
America SCORES Boston offers our unique after-school program to 3rd - 8th grade students in 12 Boston public elementary schools and 10 middle schools with 660 student-athletes at these schools participating on 44 teams. The program is divided into creative writing workshops, soccer practices, and one day a week is devoted to inter-scholastic soccer games against another SCORES team. The fall season lasts 8 weeks and the spring season is 10 weeks.
Through two annual events, Poetry Slam! and Voices, SCORES further inspires urban youth to share their experiences with others through creative writing. Our students have the opportunity to publish their work in Kicker!, a national literary magazine; Learning Kicks!, an anthology of students’ creative writing; and in the family newsletter, SCORES’ Scoop. Every spring a College Kicks event brings SCORES children to a university campus to work with college athletes to promote higher education as a goal. An end-of-the-year Jamboree! provides a culminating experience where all students celebrate their many accomplishments.
Why creative writing and soccer? Our program builds on the growing interest in the world’s most popular sport to bring a recreational and educational program to hundreds of urban youth in need of healthy activities and academic support during out-of-school time. Soccer is a sport that is fun, easy to pick up, and is extremely popular with many immigrant families. Teamwork skills learned on the soccer field are translated into a supportive atmosphere in the writing classroom. By combining the team sport of soccer with a specially designed program of creative writing, our programs promote leadership, teamwork, self-confidence and positive self-expression among urban young people.
America SCORES Boston employs over 70 Boston public school teachers as Writing and Soccer Coaches. Writing coaches receive training on our unique creative writing curriculum. Soccer coaches receive training in First Aid, CPR, and Sport Safety and are licensed by the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association.
I am currently working on two charity projects for children's education. With my Cabot colleagues in Schaffhausen, we are building a playground for a local school in Switzerland. The fundraiser for America Scores is my second project and, although I cannot be present very often in Boston, I hope to raise $5,000 by April for this cause.
Thank you so much for your support to my America Scores fundraiser!
AMERICA SCORES wrote -
America SCORES Boston is excited to participate in the John Hancock's Charity Program for the 2013 Boston Marathon! From the support of runners & athletes who embody our mission, America SCORES Boston brings its innovative SCORES Program to over 1,000 Boston youth every year.
Through soccer, poetry, and service-learning programming, America SCORES Boston inspires at-risk youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.
- Health & Fitness
- Engaged community members
- Confidence building