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March 26, 2010 at 4:26 PM

America SCORES Seattle to Hold college Kicks! at Seattle U (press release)

America SCORES SEATTLE to Hold college Kicks! at Seattle U
College kicks is an opportunity for our poet-athletes to catch a glimpse of college life
SEATTLE, WA- America SCORES Seattle, a nonprofit after-school soccer and literacy program, will visit one of Seattle University’s soccer fields to participate in a soccer clinic led by Seattle U. soccer players, as well as take part in a question and answer session with current students.
Almost 200 public elementary school students will participate in this soccer event run by SCORES and supported by numerous Seattle U. volunteers, our SCORES board and staff. For many of the SCORES students, this will be their first time on a college campus and interacting with current college students. The event is meant to introduce the poet-athletes to college and hopefully inspire them to pursue higher education. It will also be the first big event of the SCORES spring season.


“College Kicks is my favorite SCORES event of the year. It serves to open our students’ minds to the possibilities of educational opportunities beyond finishing high school – something many of them may not have even thought about,” said Carole Kelley, America SCORES Seattle Executive Director. “College Kicks provides an opportunity for our students to not only visit a beautiful college campus – to experience how a campus looks and feels, but to relate to college students in a very personal way. America SCORES Seattle is very grateful to Seattle University for providing our students with this meaningful opportunity.”
America SCORES Seattle’s College Kicks will take place on Wednesday, April 7th from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Seattle University.
About America SCORES Seattle
America SCORES Seattle works with 3rd, 4th and 5th graders in six urban, public elementary schools in Seattle’s Central District, Rainier Beach, and White Center neighborhoods. SCORES offers a comprehensive after-school program utilizing the whole child approach to youth development to promote teamwork, confidence and personal growth.
Student-athletes are less likely to drop out of school, and more likely to attend college than students who do not participate in any extra-curricular activities. Yet, in the U.S., over 65 percent of urban school children do not participate in extracurricular activities involving any form of exercise. America SCORES Seattle engages children in at least four hours of soccer a week ensuring that SCORES student-athletes learn to be physically active and be involved with a team at an early age. SCORES translates the teamwork and involvement of the soccer field into the classroom engaging students in writing and community service workshops that encourage a desire to succeed.
America SCORES Seattle is an affiliate of America SCORES, a national model for youth development, targeting girls and boys in urban neighborhoods that offer few, if any, recreational programs. We have sister programs in the Bay Area, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New England, New York, and Washington, DC. For more information visit www.AmericaSCORESSeattle.org, or our blog at www.AmericaSCORESSeattle.blogspot.com.

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