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May 17, 2010 at 3:02 PM

America SCORES Seattle jamboree on Thursday (release)

America SCORES Seattle’s jamboree is right around the corner

Jamboree is where our poet-athletes play soccer and display their community service

SEATTLE, WA- America SCORES Seattle, a nonprofit after-school soccer and literacy program, will host its annual Jamboree event on May 20th. The event is a combination round robin soccer tournament and showcase of the student’s spring season service projects. It all takes place at the Sounders FC’s training facility, Starfire Sports Complex.

All 192 public elementary school students will participate in the tournament and showcase run by SCORES. The event will highlight the student’s improved physical fitness and soccer skills, as well as the community service projects the students developed, planned and completed during the SCORES season.

“The Jamboree is a significant event on the SCORES calendar and marks the culmination of our program year. It provides an opportunity for our students to publically display the results of their service learning projects and to show-off their improved soccer skills,” said Carole Kelley, executive director at America SCORES Seattle. “It’s a fun day for everyone involved – especially our SCORES students. We are very grateful to Starfire Sports for making the Jamboree possible.”

America SCORES Seattle’s Jamboree will take place on Thursday, May 20th from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA.

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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