Press Coverage

  1. News 4 Your Sunday: DC SCORES

    News4’s Erika Gonzalez spoke with DC SCORES Executive Director Katrina Owens and Senior Advisor for Arts & Culture Charity Blackwell about the program.

    NBC Washington
  2. Eliminate the Gap – DC SCORES

    DC SCORES Soccer Program Coordinator, Jewel Christian, spoke with the Eliminate the Gap podcast.

    Eliminate the Gap
  3. OST Voices Episode #12: DC SCORES

    When COVID-19 shut down the world, out-of-school-time (OST) providers like DC SCORES had to quickly rethink and adjust their whole way of operating to continue meeting the needs of the populations they serve. Now as the world is reopening, it’s time to readjust once again.

    DC Action
  4. Devoted in the District

    Recorded videos. Coloring sheets. Word searches. Coaching instruction in English and Spanish. Virtual appearances from D.C. United, Washington Spirit, and Georgetown women’s soccer players. These are just a few of the ways that coaches and staff at DC SCORES have shown their resiliency, commitment to their community, and ability to adapt to the changing times.

    U.S. Soccer Foundation
  5. Golazo with Carlos and Paul: Q&A with Bethany Henderson, CEO of DC SCORES and President of the America SCORES National Network

    Bethany Henderson, CEO of DC SCORES and President of the America SCORES National Network, discusses the evolution of DC SCORES under her leadership and her vision for the future of DC SCORES and the America SCORES network.

    Golazo with Carlos and Paul
  6. How America SCORES Changes Youths Through Soccer and Poetry

    Bethany Henderson, CEO of DC SCORES and President of America SCORES, and DeAndre Walters, a Morehouse College freshman, winner of poetry jams and a DC SCORES alumnus, speak with co-hosts Richard Levick and Dr. George T. French, Jr., President of Clark Atlanta University, about the importance of providing athletic and poetic outlets for young people and how the charity has powerfully impacted more than 130,000 young lives.

  7. Pandemic Slashed Sports For Low-income Youth

    Sports programs serving low-income communities have seen a big drop in youth participation because of the pandemic, according to a survey of youth sports nonprofits.

    Youth Today
  8. Tried and True x DC SCORES (w/D.C. United's Jason Levien)

    The Tried and True crew do a special collaboration with DC SCORES and Screaming Eagles to help raise money for young poet-athletes in D.C.

    Tried and True - the D.C. United Postgame Podcast!
  9. The Future of Youth Sports Part 3

    DC SCORES CEO, Bethany Henderson and DC SCORES alumni and Bancroft Elementary School coach, John Guzman discuss the importance of equitable access to sports to society at large.

  10. A conversation with Sean Hinkle, Chief Program Officer at DC SCORES

    DC SCORES Chief Program Officer, Sean Hinkle, joins Coach Carlos from Amidon-Bowen Elementary School on a special episode of the Golazo with Carlos and Paul podcast.

    Golazo with Carlos and Paul
  11. Washington Spirit to play for DC SCORES in the 2020 Verizon Community Shield

    The Washington Spirit is proud to announce that the club will be playing for DC SCORES during the Verizon Community Shield competition. The Verizon Community Shield is a partnership between the National Women’s Soccer League and Verizon, where each of the NWSL’s nine clubs will partner with small businesses or programs in their community.

    Washington Spirit
  12. CSR Soccer Balls and Poetry w DC Scores and Host Richard Levick

    Bethany Henderson, CEO of DC SCORES and Network President of America SCORES, Ben-James Brown a board member and VP with Wells Fargo Bank and DeAndre Walters a DC SCORES alumni and incoming freshman at Morehouse College tell powerful, moving stories, read poetry and talk about how to make a lasting difference in communities.

    In House Warrior Podcast
  13. D.C. United players, staff paint ‘I Can’t Breathe’ and ‘BLM’ on Audi Field grass

    D.C. United players and staff members paint “I Can’t Breathe” alongside DC SCORES coaches from Amidon-Bowen Elementary School to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

    The Washington Post
  14. Sound On: Rep. Max Rose, DC SCORES, COVID Hot Spots (Podcast)

    Bloomberg Chief Washington Correspondent Kevin Cirilli talks with Bethany Rubin Henderson to talk about how DC SCORES and America SCORES has adapted to keep on serving kids during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  15. In the era of COVID-19, access to youth sports hangs in the balance

    DC SCORES CEO, Bethany Rubin Henderson, talks about how the pandemic’s fallout could further penalize kids already hurt by school budget cuts.

    The Undefeated
  16. DC poet-athletes prepare to unleash creativity in virtual poetry showcase, despite coronavirus crisis

    WTOP’s Dave Johnson interviews DC SCORES Director of Creative Arts and Education, Charity Blackwell, to discuss Our Words Our City LIVE.

    WTOP News
  17. From at-home poetry challenges to live events, this DC nonprofit keeps kids active and engaged

    DC SCORES uses poetry and sports to give kids the confidence they need to succeed. This creative approach to teaching helped them adapt in light of the disruption caused by COVID-19.

    The Renewal Project
  18. Dealing With Coronavirus Anxiety – The Big Pause – Through Poetry

    In their new initiative, #SCORESatHome, DC SCORES will upload new content daily – interactive exercises connected to its core program elements of soccer and poetry, video tips from SCORES coaches, and live, online program sessions – to continue its mission of providing a supportive team for every D.C. child who needs one.

  19. Mayor Bowser Presents 34th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, Celebrating the Arts and Creative Communities of Washington, DC

    DC SCORES was honored with the Excellence in Arts Education Award for the significant contributions in Arts Education in the District of Columbia by supporting the development of imagination and creativity in young people, and demonstrating the value of the arts as essential to education.

    Government of the District of Columbia – Muriel Bowser, Mayor
  20. Arsenal stars visit DC SCORES summer camp

    Arsenal players spent time at Truesdell Education Campus’ summer camp to join campers in their soccer and arts activities. The visit came as part of the team’s time in Washington D.C. ahead of their clash against Real Madrid at the FedEx Field.

    Arsenal Media
  21. ASSE Cœur-Vert fait rêver des jeunes de Washington!

    Saint-Étienne’s technical staff held a soccer clinic on the field at RFK stadium for DC SCORES alumni.

    ASSE Coeur-Vert
  22. How soccer and poetry give kids a new way to compete with America SCORES

    America SCORES will be introduced in many American homes during the FIFA Women’s World Cup, with some help from Volkswagen. Using its own advertising time, Volkswagen, working alongside with America SCORES, created a 30-second spot for America SCORES that will air during the FIFA Women’s World Cup, alongside Volkswagen’s own “Drive Bigger” campaign.

  23. One Night One Goal at Audi Field

    Fans received the ultimate experience at One Night One Goal, with tour exclusive areas of the stadium, a live auction with one-of-a-kind items and experiences, the chance to mingle with D.C. United players, and specialty cocktails and cuisine.

    On Tap Magazine
  24. DC SCORES is helping underprivileged youth succeed in life

    DC SCORES CEO, Bethany Henderson, and Director of Creative Arts & Education, Charity Blackwell, talk about One Night One Goal at Audi Field.

  25. Untold History of Soccer in D.C.

    The first episode of season four of MLS’ “The Movement” highlights the District’s soccer roots, D.C. United’s dynasty in the league, and the club’s partnership with their official community partner, DC SCORES.

    Major League Soccer
  26. Congressional Briefing Highlights the Important Rold that Sports and Coaches Play in Developing Young Women

    A DC SCORES poet-athletes and coach from Brightwood Education Campus spoke on Capitol Hill during a congressional briefing about the importance of coaches in the lives of young women playing sports.

    U.S Soccer Foundation
  27. Joanna Lohman announced as ambassador for DC SCORES

    Washington Spirit midfielder Joanna Lohman has been announced as one of the official ambassadors for DC SCORES, an afterschool youth development program which integrates soccer, spoken-word poetry, and service-learning to set up students for success on the pitch and in society.

    Washington Spirit
  28. How one woman is taking an after-school program to the big leagues

    DC SCORES Executive Director, Bethany Rubin Henderson, has expanded a program with an unusual blend of offerings – soccer, poetry, and service, as well as partnered with soccer franchise D.C. United.

    The Christian Science Monitor
  29. Carlos Vives y el D.C. United se unen por una buena causa

    Grammy-winning Colombian artist, Carlos Vives, donated two “callejeras” or “goal-chairs” to DC SCORES at a special event at the Inter-American Development Bank alongside D.C. United players and poet-athletes from Bancroft Elementary School.

  30. When Soccer and Poetry Meet, Kids Succeed: Q & A with DC SCORES

    DC SCORES Director of Writing, Charity Blackwell, and Director of Individual Gifts & Corporate Partnerships, Tony Francavilla, sat down with the Planet Word Muesuem to talk about how soccer and poetry work together in our programming.

    Planet Word
  31. U.S. Soccer Foundation's Got A Brand-New Pitch

    Mark Wright from The Undefeated got to speak with DC SCORES participants about how excited they are about the new U.S. Soccer Foundation mini-pitch in Petworth.

    The Undefeated
  32. New D.C. Area Mini-Pitch Unveiled to Support Increased Access to Youth Soccer Programming

    DC SCORES participants attended the unveiling of the new U.S. Soccer Foundation mini-pitch in Petworth.

    U.S. Soccer Foundation
  33. Free Camps Help Level Playing Field for Future US Soccer Stars

    DC SCORES poet-athletes and staff talk about leveling the playing field by offering free high-quality soccer camps to disadvantaged children.

    Voice of America
  34. D.C. United: The ultimate guide to Audi Field

    Charity Blackwell, Director of Writing for DC SCORES, memorialized the ribbon cutting ceremony of Audi Field with an original poem.

    The Washington Times
  35. D.C. Girls Represent America In Street Child World Cup in Moscow

    Nine teenage girls from D.C. represented the United States at another international soccer competition — the 2018 Street Child World Cup in Russia.

    The Afro-American
  36. Council honors DC youth soccer team that represented U.S. at Street Child World Cup

    The DC Council honored nine DC SCORES alumnae for their participation in the 2018 Street Child World Cup in Russia.

    The DC Line
  37. DC SCORES Seeks to Make Better Players, Students, People

    Kicking the ball and working as a team is the message DC SCORES seeks to send to children and young people in the U.S. capital.

    Voice of America
  38. Wayne Rooney arrives in D.C., and his fans are there to greet him: ‘This is iconic’

    Chris Hudler — soccer program manager at D.C. United’s official charitable partner, DC SCORES — brought three young soccer players with him to the terminal to welcome Wayne Rooney.

    The Washington Post
  39. Usando el balón para tener buenas notas

    Patear el balón y trabajar en equipo es el programa que DC SCORES busca enseñar a niños y jóvenes en la capital de EE.UU. Se enfoca en preparar a los menores para jugar uno de los deportes más populares del mundo, el fútbol. Y a través del buen uso del balón, mejorar su rendimiento académico.

    Voice of America
  40. DC SCORES providing public soccer leagues and programs for DC students

    Kal and Jessica talk about their trip to Russia representing the USA at the Street Child World Cup.

    Fox 5 DC
  41. Soccer in America: why aren't more black kids playing the world's game?

    Guardian reporter Les Carpenter came to the DC SCORES Alumni Tournament and interviewed participants and coaches about an issue we’ve addressed since 1994.

    The Guardian

    Bethany Rubin Henderson, a nationally recognized social entrepreneur; Echoing Green Fellow; and recent White House Fellow, became DC SCORES Executive Director in 2014. Bethany’s career has spanned the social, for-profit, and government sectors.

    The Native Society
  43. I am the DMV

    Every issue of the street newspaper features a DC SCORES poem!

    Street Sense Media
  44. D.C. students travel to Moscow to compete in 2018 Street Child World Cup

    Amy Aubert of ABC captured a special moment as we sent off nine DC SCORES alumnae on the experience of a lifetime as the team representing the USA at the Street Child World Cup in Moscow, Russia.

  45. Young DC-area woman publishes children’s book to spread messages of positivity

    DC SCORES alumna A’dora Willis published a book aimed at inspiring today’s youth. The former poet-athlete also continues to inspire as a guest poet at DC SCORES events.

    Street Sense
  46. Around Town: DC SCORES Poetry Slam!

    Washingtonian covered the second night of the 20th Annual DC SCORES Poetry Slam!

    Washington Life
  47. Kids perform poetry on NBC-4

    DC SCORES standout poets Uniyah, 10, and Cristian, 8, performed their Poetry Slam! poems on live TV during the Midday News.

    NBC Washington
  48. 20th Annual DC SCORES Poetry Slam!

    A recap of the first night of the 20th Annual DC SCORES Poetry Slam!.

  49. DC Kids Will Be On Center Stage for Poetry Slam

    H.D. Cooke performs for the camera to hype the 20th Annual DC SCORES Poetry Slam!


    A profile of DC SCORES

    Voices for Healthy Kids Action Center
  51. In D.C., a small step toward tackling U.S. youth soccer’s accessibility problem

    DC SCORES partner, nonprofit Open Goal Project, aims to find opportunities for lower-income and minority players.

    The Washington Post
  52. Screaming Eagles score big in D.C. | Beyond the Stands pres. by Wells Fargo

    The Screaming Eagles have been a power behind D.C. United since the dawn of MLS. But few know they’ve been just as powerful as a force for good in the D.C. Community by supporting DC SCORES.

    Major League Soccer
  53. DC SCORES x United Expressions: A great time for a great cause

    Executive Director, DC SCORES Bethany Rubin Henderson and two of their stellar poet-athletes DC Scores alums, A’dora Willis, Senior Suitland High School & Xavier Crowell, Hardy Middle School stopped by GMW to showcase their skills and talk about their United Expressions event.

    WJLA ABC-7
  54. Podcast: Executive Director Bethany Henderson talks fundraising and partnerships Through the Noise (podcast)
  55. DC SCORES revolves around teamwork - in soccer and in the community Catalogue for Philanthropy
  56. DC Poetry Slam Showcases Young Talent NBC Washington
  57. DC SCORES kids scores through soccer, poetry, and more Wells Fargo Stories
  58. Poesía contra el temor migratorio El Tiempo Latino
  59. D.C. students compete in annual slam poetry competition W-USA9 (CBS)
  60. Who says millennials don’t help out? How groups are tapping a new wave of volunteers. The Washington Post
  61. How MLS embraced Latinos: ‘We view the Hispanic market as part of our DNA’ The Guardian
  62. DC SCORES: Revolutionizing after-school programs for the underserved Atlas Corps
  63. Coach of the Week: Mark “Popsie” Lewis WJLA ABC-7
  64. DC SCORES helps low-income youth succeed WJLA ABC-7
  65. Versos & patadas Telemundo Washington DC
  66. SCORE Awards DC Refined
  67. D.C. United Serves up Community Spirit at Nando’s Washington Informer
  68. Qatar Embassies Celebrate Sports Day all Over The World Qatar News Agency
  69. DC SCORES Poetry Slam! (Eastside) East of the River (page 43)
  70. Meet your neighbors: Coach Popsie of DC SCORES New Columbia Heights blog
  71. Giving the Gift of Childhood on GivingTuesday Huffington Post
  72. USWNT Soccer Clinic at President’s Park Brightest New Things
  73. At SheBelieves Event, U.S. Women’s National Team Inspires Kids to ‘Find Your Park’ DCist
  74. DCU’s United Soccer Club consolidates with DC SCORES
  75. The Best Back-To-School Volunteering in the D.C. Area DCist
  76. SCORE Awards! Bisnow
  77. Washington, D.C. internship combines soccer, poetry and service for Fabien Celestin 17 Centre College
  78. What Will it Take to Help All Kids Grow Up at a Healthy Weight
  79. Stateside Visit A Success For Black Cats FCBusiness
  80. Sunderland look to expand into USA Tribal Football
  81. DC SCORES Poetry Slam! (Westside) MIDCITY DC (page 34)
  82. D.C. Program Turns Out Award-Winning Poets NBC Washington
  83. DC SCORES Poetry Slam! (Eastside) East of the River (page 40)
  84. DC SCORES Poetry Slam! puts ‘soccer problems’ in perspective
  85. Featured Slidely: Keep the Lights On Afterschool Slidely
  86. Pay It Forward: Unlikely combination of soccer and poetry proves inspiring for D.C. students Newschannel 8,
  87. DC SCORES Jamboree! (p. 58) Capital Community News
  88. DC SCORES, Sound Bites, Fusion Scene Bisnow
  89. DC SCORE Awards Modern Luxury DC
  90. Bancroft Elementary School: DC SCORES! Meghan Anne Photography
  91. Sport and Spine will take part in DC SCORES 2014 PRWeb
  92. Students perform at annual poetry slam MSNBC (“The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell”)
  93. America SCORES National Poetry SLAM! Livestream
  94. 10-year-old does poetry slam on school closing MSNBC (“The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell”)
  95. My School’s Closing… (page 54) East of the River (Capital Community News)
  96. Peña Madridista DC takes student-athletes from DC Scores to Pelé’s ‘Gols for Development’ Exhibit Peña Madridista DC
  97. Students Show Off Their Poetry Slam Skills NBC Washington (TV)
  98. DC SCORES Poetry Slam! (page 42) MIDCITY DC (Capital Community News)
  99. DC SCORES Poetry Slam! (page 35) East of the River (Capital Community News)
  100. Giving Tuesday: Ways to Help Those in the D.C. Area NBC Washington
  101. GIVE IT UP, D.C. Washington City Paper
  102. DC SCORES Rage Against the Minivan
  103. DC SCORES with Social Media Third Sector Today
  104. In D.C., girls’ soccer stalled by lack of teams The Washington Post