DC SCORES Summer Camp Series: Weeks 1 and 2


School may be out, but our poet-athletes’ hard work and fun won’t stop this July as they attend DC SCORES summer camp. Locations at Brightwood and Burville are providing STEAM and soccer coaching over 5 weeks, with field trips to some amazing places around the District.

SCORESxSpirit Challenge Cup Charity Auction

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Welcome to the DC SCORES X Washington Spirit: Challenge Cup Charity Auction! We are excited to partner together to auction these signed, game-worn Challenge Cup kits featuring DC SCORES. All proceeds from this auction will go to DC SCORES programming to support over 3,000 Poet-Athletes across the District. Read on to see how you can bid!

SCORES Cup 2022 Recap

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Our 19th annual SCORES Cup is in the books and was a huge success. With over 35 different companies competing in four divisions for the titles of champion, we raised ~$200,000 to help fund SCORES programming for the year to come. Read on to get an inside look on the triumphs of this year’s champions.

Washington Spirit x DC SCORES Jersey Reveal

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The NWSL Champion Washington Spirit will feature DC SCORES, an award-winning afterschool program and community institution, on the front of their 2022 Challenge Cup jerseys. These kits represent an emphatic statement about the club’s commitment to the DC community.

The Best Moments of 2021

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As the start of a new year approaches, this time offers a unique opportunity to look back on what the soon-to-be old year brought for DC SCORES.

While we all continue to navigate the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can also recognize the successes and uplifting moments that 2021 brought as well. One thing that’s been constant is DC SCORES’ mission of creating neighborhood teams that give kids the confidence and skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom, and in life.

Connecting kids to teams this Giving Tuesday

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Most fall seasons are always a special time for DC SCORES, but this year, the fall was extra meaningful. After a long 18+ months of virtual learning, we finally returned to providing in-person soccer and writing programming to over 3,000 kids.

DC SCORES is committed to connecting teams on and off the field. We are dedicated to building and reestablishing neighborhood teams where kids can feel safe and supported by their teammates, coaches, and community. Whether it’s scoring a goal on the soccer field or performing an original poem for the first time, every DC SCORES poet-athlete deserves to be connected to a supportive team.

Your support during Giving Tuesday will directly benefit the lives of kids in DC. A donation to DC SCORES, no matter the amount, will help ensure that we can continue providing free, in-person programming at a time when kids seek meaningful connections the most.

Getting kids back on the field

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The backbone of DC SCORES is soccer and now more than ever, we’re committed to getting our neighborhood teams together again as safely as possible. On May 19th, we hope you can team up with us and support the work of DC SCORES as we continue to bring our teams of poet-athletes back together in-person again.

Bethany Henderson announces her departure as CEO of DC SCORES

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It is with very mixed emotions that I share my decision to step down as CEO of DC SCORES at the end of August. It has been a true privilege to serve in these capacities.

The mission of DC SCORES is deeply personal to me. I still get chills every time I hear our poet-athletes perform original poems; every time I see our poet-athletes lift each other up on the soccer field and at poetry slams; every time I observe our coaches in action lovingly mentoring their teams; and every time a stranger, recognizing my DC SCORES shirt, hollers at me across a street, excited to share what DC SCORES team they were part of. THIS is the true power of SCORES.

Bethesda Soccer Club and DC SCORES Announce Community Partnership


WASHINGTON, DC – One of the country’s elite youth soccer organizations, Bethesda Soccer Club, and award-winning nonprofit, DC SCORES, announce a partnership to grow and increase access to the sport of soccer in the DMV region.

DC SCORES, founded in 1994, serves 3,000+ kids at Title I schools and recreation centers throughout DC through a free afterschool program combining soccer, poetry and spoken word, and service-learning. Bethesda Soccer Club, founded in 1979, is made up of 65 boys and girls premier travel soccer teams (~1,500 players from across the DMV) that compete in top-level leagues along the East Coast and events throughout the United States.

Former DC Councilmember David Grosso joins DC SCORES Board of Directors

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WASHINGTON, DC – DC SCORES, an award-winning youth development nonprofit that provides free afterschool programs and summer camps for 3,000+ DC kids at Title I schools and at recreation centers in neighborhoods characterized by entrenched poverty, announced today that David Grosso, former DC Councilmember and now Partner at Arent Fox, has joined its Board of Directors.

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