SCORE Awards 2018: Honoring our Coaches and Volunteers during Teacher Appreciation Week


2018 SCORE Awards photo album

More than 70 percent of DC SCORES coaches are teachers, so what better time to celebrate the 6th annual SCORE Awards than Teacher Appreciation Week!

Every year, SCORE Awards celebrates DC SCORES coaches, teachers, and volunteers for all the hard work and dedication they put into helping make an impact for 2,500 poet-athletes.

We held the event at the D.C. United Preview Center for the second consecutive year, an idyllic outdoor setting on an impeccable spring evening.

Shortly after the reception began – the smells of fresh-out-of-the-oven Timber Pizza pies ubiquitous – past Poetry Slam! Shine Award winners and Our Words Our City performers stopped by to show off their original poetry before the awards were given out. There’s no equal for a DC SCORES party with some inspirational poetry thrown in.

This year, three coaching teams and 11 individuals received awards highlighting the impact they have made on the lives of DC SCORES participants. Each award recipient received a customized plaque and D.C. United jersey, given out by players Chris Durkin and Chris Odio-Atsem. See below for the award winners.


Teamwork Award Tubman Elementary School\ Aiton Elementary School\ Brightwood Education Campus - Elementary School

Rookie of the Year Award Justin Morgan, Truesdell Education Campus - Elementary School\ William Miller, LaSalle Backus Education Campus - Middle School\ Peter Bailey, Kimball Elementary School

Chris Richardson Community Service Award Sarah Helinek - Volunteer Referee\ Josh Freedholm - Lincoln Middle School assistant coach

Kennedy Award for Commitment Chelsea Charland, Cesar Chavez-Prep\ Coralis Moreno, Powell Elementary School

Mingo Roberts Coaching Excellence Award Liana Ponce, HD Cooke Elementary School\ Joyce Hill, LaSalle-Backus Education Campus - Elementary School

Carl Cohen Community Service Award Chris Finley, Cresa Washington DC\ Sharon Miller, Audi/Designory

This incredible event would not have been possible without our amazing sponsors and supporters including D.C. United and Volkswagen Group of America! Food and drinks were provided by Bon Appetit’s “Best Pizzeria 2017” Timber Pizza. The beautiful outdoor venue was courtesy of EDENS. The free-flowing wine was thanks to Total Wine. And the celebration continued at Cotton & Reed, which donated a portion of the night’s proceeds to DC SCORES!


There’s no doubt that the coaches and volunteers are the heart and soul that keep DC SCORES alive. Their enthusiasm and passion for improving the lives of poet-athletes is what makes this program work. SCORE Awards is just one annual celebration, but the appreciation for DC SCORES coaches and volunteers is year-round!

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