DC SCORES believes that every child deserves a “team” – and it builds those teams for 2,200 low-income DC youth, making sure that each one has the rich, full childhood that he or she deserves. The innovative model combines poetry and spoken word (developing an individual voice and sharing personal stories is key to knowing who you are), soccer (kids need more exercise than they get, and the skills and teamwork are fun), and service-learning (because our communities are the big teams to which we all belong). In fact, DC SCORES proudly hosts the city's biggest poetry slam and only public elementary and middle school soccer leagues. Its holistic program helps participants improve their fitness levels, develop their capacity for self-expression, and establish deep community connections through service projects – all while developing closer bonds with teachers and peers. SCORE Corps coaches work with elementary and middle school students during the critical after-school hours for over 24 weeks each year, stepping in where others have stepped out. Won't you join this winning team?

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Population(s) Served: Students

Schools They Work In: Ward 1 ; Bancroft Elementary School (1999); Cardozo Education Campus (2010); Cesar Chavez Public Charter Middle School for Public Policy – Chavez Prep (2012)*; Hamilton Recreation Center (2016); Harrison Recreation Center - Elementary (2015)*; Harrison Recreation Center - Middle (2015)*; H.D. Cooke Elementary School (2005)*; Kalorama Recreation Center (2016); Lincoln Middle School (2007); Marie Reed Elementary School (1994); Parkview Recreation Center - Elementary (2015)*; Parkview Recreation Center - Middle (2015)*; Tubman Elementary School (2001); Ward 2; KIPP DC: WILL Academy (2012)*; Seaton Elementary School (2012)*; Thomson Elementary School (2007); Ward 3; Hearst Recreation Center (2016); Ward 4; Barnard Elementary School (2013)*; Brightwood Education Campus - Elementary (2002); Brightwood Education Campus - Middle (2014)*; Capital City Public Charter School - Elementary (2012)*; Capital City Public Charter School - Middle (2012)*; Imagine Hope - Lamond Campus (2016); LaSalle-Backus Education Campus (2014)*; MacFarland Middle School (2007); Powell Elementary School (2012)*; Raymond Education Campus - Elementary (2007); Raymond Education Campus - Middle (2014)*; Truesdell Education Campus - Elementary (2000); Truesdell Education Campus - Middle (2014); Upshur Recreation Center (2016); Ward 5; Imagine Hope Community Charter School - Tolson Campus (2013)*; Taft Recreation Center (2015)*; Turkey Thicket Recreation Center - Elementary (2015)*; Turkey Thicket Recreation Center - Middle (2015)*; Ward 6; Amidon Elementary School (2015)*; Eliot-Hine Middle School (2014); Jefferson Middle School (2012)*; Miner Elementary School (2013)*; Payne Elementary School (2015)*; Ward 7; Aiton Elementary School (1999); Anne Beers Elementary School (1994); Benning Park Community Center (2016); Burrville Elementary School (2000); Deanwood Recreation Center (2016); Hillcrest Recreation Center (2016); J.C. Nalle Elementary School (2012)*; Kelly Miller Middle School (2004); KIPP DC: KEY Academy (2013)*; KIPP DC: QUEST Academy (2014)*; Thomas Elementary School (2014); Ward 8; Barry Farm Recreation Center (2015)*; Ferebee-Hope Recreation Center (2016); Hart Middle School (2012); Leckie Elementary School (2013)*; Moten Elementary School (2011); Orr Elementary School (2012)*; Turner Elementary School (2016); Washington School for Girls (2015)*; *Denotes schools that participate in programming through a Soccer for Success Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Sub-Grant awarded by the U.S. Soccer Foundation to DC SCORES in partnership with the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and KIPP DC.; Non-DC SCORES schools/teams that participate in DC SCORES' Middle School Soccer LeagueS:; D.C. Scholars Public Charter School; D.C. International School; E.L. Haynes Public Charter School; KIPP NE; Paul Public Charter School


  • Annual Report:  
    FY12 Annual Report: Read about DC SCORES' outcomes - http://bit.ly/1aKvMVb

Awards & Recognition

During the 2015-16 season, DC SCORES received the following recognition:

DC SCORES longtime coach Mark “Popsie” Lewis was selected the D.C. United Community MVP.

DC SCORES was one of 10 organizations chosen for a Raise DC Data Spotlight Award.

The DC Council presented a Recognition Resolution to DC SCORES at City Hall in observance of our longstanding impact in Washington, DC.

During the 2014-15 season, DC SCORES received the following recognition:

Staff member Libby Watkins was named an Evaluate for Change Millennial Nonprofit Data Fellow.

Staff member Aaron Cannon won a Mayor’s Community Service Award, as presented to him by Serve DC and Mayor Vincent Gray.

Chris Richardson received the 2014 Scottish Rite Community Service Award for his commitment in volunteering for DC SCORES for several years and making an indelible impact in many communities.

Staff members Lyndsey Miller-Vierra, Daniel Meloy and Jacqui Kemp were selected to participate in the fall 2014 American Express Leadership Academy.

DC SCORES was a finalist for the Mayor’s Arts Awards in the “Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education” category.

The DC SCORES program model was highlighted in the DC Fiscal Policy Institute’s paper on expanded learning programs that “help poor children succeed in the classroom.”

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During the 2013-14 season, DC SCORES received the following recognition:

In January 2014, Program Manager – Soccer Operations Carlos Fonseca was awarded a National Diploma Course by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Fonseca’s scholarship was funded and provided by the Michael L. Curry fund.

In December 2013, Executive Director Amy Nakamoto was a featured speaker at the Doha Gathering of All Leaders in Sport (GOAL) in Qatar.

DC SCORES was a finalist for the 501cTech Technology Impact Award.

Executive Director Amy Nakamoto was a finalist for the Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman 2013 EXCEL Award.

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During the 2012-13 season, DC SCORES received the following recognition:

DC SCORES received a $100,000 in-kind media grant from the PVBLIC Foundation for winning a Retweet competition at the Social Media for Nonprofits Conference.

DC SCORES was selected for inclusion in the 2013-14 Catalogue for Philanthropy as “one of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region.”

Volunteer soccer referee and Washington International School student Francesco Amorosino received a Mayor’s Community Service Award for his volunteerism with DC SCORES.

Senior Director of Operations Lyndsey Miller-Vierra was sworn in as a member of the Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Nutrition.

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During the 2011-12 season, DC SCORES received the following recognition:

Executive Director Amy Nakamoto was a featured panelist and speaker at the May 31, 2012, Aspen Institute Forum Title IX and Beyond: How to Get the Rest of Our Girls Into the Game.

Volunteer and Soccer Manager Sean Hinkle was accepted into the “Princeton AlumniCorps Emerging Leaders” professional development program.

Athletic Director Kenny Owens received a 2012 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) Community Leadership Award. He was selected by members of the President’s Council.

Executive Director Amy Nakamoto was one of 12 people appointed to the District of Columbia’s Healthy Schools and Youth Commission, which advises Mayor Vincent Gray on health, wellness, and nutritional issues affecting youth and schools.

Executive Director Amy Nakamoto was one of three recipients of the Meyer Foundation’s prestigious Exponent Awards, “which recognize outstanding nonprofit executive directors.”

Athletic Director Kenny Owens was named one of 13 recipients nationwide of the ‘Let’s Move and Physical Activity Champions of Change.’

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Budget (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for DC SCORES is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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