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Annual Report 2013

Our impact is growing DC SCORES has always filled significant opportunity gaps for young people in the District. Gaps that, left unfilled, would mean students aren’t experiencing what we feel are the basic elements of childhood — arts, athletics, and academic enrichment. These gaps can leave students lacking physical activity, creative expression, and a sense of belonging. These gaps can mean that students don’t have teams to play on or safe spaces to share their innermost thoughts. We grew tired of this widening opportunity gap, and in 2012-13 aligned funding, strategy and internal capacity to expand into a vast number of new school communities — growing our organization’s reach by more than 50 percent. This took the focused commitment of our hard-working staff and board of directors. It took amplifying our message regarding community needs and the impact of our program. And, it took new and existing funding and program partners, volunteers, SCORE Corps members (coaches), and donors to make our growth plans a reality. The result of this work has meant that 1,891 students in 42 schools joined a team, shared their poetic voices, and helped create change in their communities. The impact of our program can be seen in our data, and felt in our stories of achievement, pride, and connection. Our growth journey will aggressively continue over the next three years. After this year of sizable growth, we turn our efforts into building a sustainable future. Importantly, we will continue to expand our funding, donor, and volunteering base in innovative ways. We are embarking on new programming that will allow our students to participate in DC SCORES for nine consecutive years, into high school. And, we have plans to dig deeper into our program evaluation outcomes, accompanied by a concentrated focus on ensuring quality of programming at all of our school sites. There is urgency and intensity that surrounds closing this ‘opportunity gap.’ Infused with love, fun, and a ton of teamwork, DC SCORES is poised to meet this challenge. Thank you for being a part of our DC SCORES family. Sincerely, Amy Nakamoto Chas Roades Executive Director Board Chair


1,891 DC Youth Served

53% Boys 47% Girls

56% Elementary School 44% Middle School

52% African American 42% Hispanic/Latino 5% Asian 1% Other Since 1994, DC SCORES has served more than 8,000 low-income youth in Washington, DC. The program began with soccer and quickly expanded into an Arts, Academics and Athletics model now in 13 cities nationwide as part of America SCORES. To be on a DC SCORES team, a student must participate in not just soccer practices and games (p. 5-6), but also self-expression through poetry (p. 7-8), and servicelearning (p. 9-10). During the 2012-13 school year, DC SCORES provided after-school programming five days a week in the spring and fall at 42 elementary and middle schools (see map) in all eight wards of DC. We also provided seven weeks of summer enrichment for 250 youth (p. 11-12). 2

Building Teams


Improving Lives We at DC SCORES believe that the combination of unique activities, supported by and through a teambased formula, has an important impact on the lives of our students. Further, by hiring teachers from the school day as coaches and the fact that the DC SCORES team truly represents their school in citywide events, we believe that DC SCORES is changing the way students look at their school and community. Each year we aim to develop healthier, happier, and more engaged students. Below is a summary of the impact of DC SCORES during the 2012-2013 school year.


55% of students who started the year in an “unhealthy” BMI category (Overweight or Obese) ended the year in the “normal/healthy” BMI percentile.

78% of students maintained or INCREASED their VO2max levels, a measure of cardiovascular fitness.

DC SCORES students reported increased levels of energy at the end of the program.

DC SCORES students are ENGAGED in academics •

Students showed increased time spent on reading and writing outside of school.

Students shared their writing with friends and family outside of school more at the end of the school year.

DC SCORES students are SUPPORTED and gaining SELF-WORTH •

100% of students felt their teachers/coaches supported them and they could go to them with problems.

Students showed increased levels of ‘feeling safe’ and cared for by teammates.

92% of students said that they had a positive attitude about themselves.

Students felt more a part of their community at the end of the school year.


Physical Fitness


270 minutes For 12 weeks of programming each fall and spring, students receive 270 minutes of additional exercise per week through playing soccer. That’s six times the amount of physical activity they get during the school week. The model is simple: two soccer practices and a game day against another school each week. DC SCORES runs the only elementary and middle public school soccer leagues in Washington, DC.

Claudia’s Story

“I can’t imagine what she’ll look like as a senior. It’ll be an awesome sight.” That’s what Sarah Pickens, head soccer coach at Trinity Washington University, said about freshman Claudia Merlos just a handful of games into her college career. That’s high praise for a freshman, especially for a young woman who is not only the first female from her family to go to college but also the first to play soccer at any level. Claudia developed her passion for soccer through DC SCORES. She quickly embraced the program’s three core values — teamwork, leadership and commitment — and became captain during her second season. She used those values to petition and create a soccer team at Hardy Middle School (a non-DC SCORES school), and then played all four years at Wilson High School. “I was pretty timid before DC SCORES,” Claudia said. “I didn’t talk much. But that changed when I got on the field. Through DC SCORES, I learned to communicate.” Now, she’s using those skills on the soccer field and in college. Click HERE to read Claudia’s full story.

“It is teaching them about being a team leader and player, and learning to listen and coping skills.” — Edwina Robertson, parent of student at Aiton Elementary 6



7,250 poems That’s the number of original poems written by DC SCORES students during the fall season. Starting in September, writing coaches at each school begin their journey with the students through our poetry curriculum. Three months and 24 creative lessons later, each school’s team of boys and girls takes the stage at the Poetry Slam!. We provide students with a pen, notebook, and a voice to express their innermost feelings. By December, students are more confident writers and speakers in any classroom they enter.

Kastenny’s Story “I am a diamond, I can shine against the sun/No one can shine like me/I am strong, beautiful, and unique/No one on Earth is quite like me.” Those are just four lines from the poem, “I am a Diamond,” written and performed by Kastenny Contreras, a DC SCORES participant at Marie Reed Elementary School. The poem won Kastenny the Shine Award at the Poetry Slam! for the standout individual performance. As she walked to the stage to receive her trophy, she shed tears of joy. Kastenny had never thought such a thing possible until a writing session during the fall when her coach encouraged her to simply write what she was thinking. “So I wrote about what my friends thought of me,” Kastenny said. After writing the poem, Kastenny practiced it — over and over again — and learned how to punctuate its words with hand gestures and movements. Her preparation paid off at the Poetry Slam!. “I’m proud of myself,” she said afterward of winning the trophy. “I left it on top of my refrigerator for everyone to see.” Click HERE to read Kastenny’s full story (and her poem).

“My child was never introduced to poetry until now. She makes the most out of DC SCORES, and loves to tell me all the wonderful things she learned and would like to do at her school.” — Kimberly Brandon, parent of student at Garrison Elementary 8



42 projects During the spring season, students from each school use the teamwork developed on the soccer field and in the poetry workshops to brainstorm and implement a service-learning project to better their school or greater community. Students work through a curriculum that helps them recognize and define the biggest issues in their community and then put together a plan to combat them. Last year, service-learning projects included: the Bancroft Bengals organizing a race that raised $1,000 for an animal shelter; Brookland Eagles organizing an anti-violence rally; the creation of school gardens; clothing or food drives to help the homeless; and more, including Kelly Miller Middle School’s (below).

Kelly Miller’s Story The fast-moving world of technology can be a scary thing, especially for older generations who aren’t used to relying on cell phones and email. The DC SCORES team at Kelly Miller Middle School realized this as they brainstormed a way they could help the senior residents at a nearby home feel more connected to younger generations. The students visited the home and patiently guided the residents through the many capabilities of cell phones and social media. “I love talking to these kids,” a woman said afterward. “You can just learn so much.” Kelly Miller student Joshua said his favorite part of the afternoon was “helping them with Facebook and their email.” Through service-learning, the students became instructors, feeling empowered by the chance to make a difference in the lives of others. “They were so helpful!” said a resident named Janice as the day ended. Click HERE to read Kelly Miller’s full story.

“You are going to impact change (through service-learning). You’re not going to wait for it to happen. You’re going to make it happen.” — Kavon Ward, DC SCORES coach at Kelly Miller Middle School


Summer Learning


250 youth When school ends in June, DC SCORES doesn’t let up. Low-income youth whose families lack the means to send their children to traditional summer camps can experience severe summer learning and fitness loss, which can undo a lot of gains made during the school year. That’s where we step in, providing seven weeks of free enrichment through soccer and the arts for 250 DC youth. In 2013, DC SCORES hosted four summer camps for elementary and middle school youth. Students get exercise through soccer drills and scrimmages; keep their minds engaged during various arts activities and field trips to museums and DC historic sites; and build relationships that last into the school year when the regular DC SCORES program resumes.

Ziyad’s Story Ziyad Al-Obeidi is a first-generation American from Syria who attends Bancroft Elementary School. Ziyad has been in DC SCORES for three years, but didn’t participate in summer camp until it came to Bancroft this past year. The experience had an indelible impact on the student who had lacked confidence and a supportive peer community before joining DC SCORES. Ziyad was one of many camp participants who didn’t know how to swim. But each week during a field trip to the local pool, he and his friends gained more confidence while in the water. By the final week of camp, Ziyad not only passed the swim test, but carried himself differently than at the start of the summer. He was outgoing, confident, and well-liked by all his peers. Ziyad’s transformation continued into the school year on the large Bancroft DC SCORES team. He isn’t the best soccer player on a talented team, but he is engaged and feels like he belongs. That translated, too, to the poetry side of the program. As you can see from the photo, he was center stage at the DC SCORES Poetry Slam!.

Ziyad (left) performs for Bancroft Elementary School at the DC SCORES Poetry Slam!.

“I like learning new things and knowing that I can get better at soccer.” — Kara B., DC SCORES summer camp participant


Volunteer Impact We couldn’t accomplish all we do without the help of dedicated community members who generously donate their time, energy, and variety of talents to DC SCORES.

595 3,666 $ 124,790 Volunteers


Value of 3,666 hours in Washington, DC

DC SCORES Alumni Volunteers During the 2012-13 year, 37 DC SCORES former program participants (“Alumni”) volunteered for 184 hours — refereeing soccer games, helping at big events, and working as summer camp counselors.

Mayor’s Community Service Award DC SCORES volunteer Francesco Amorosino was one of six 2012 Mayor’s Community Service Award (MCSA) recipients. The MCSA’s recognize extraordinary District residents who use service to make a significant positive contribution to the community. As a senior at Washington International School in Upper Northwest DC, Francesco dedicated himself to refereeing soccer games throughout the city for DC SCORES — especially in Wards 7 and 8 across the Anacostia River. 13

Click HERE to read Francesco’s full story.

Partner Highlight Volkswagen Group of America believes in the importance of being a good corporate citizen and pledges to invest and give back to the communities where they live and work. VWGOA is proud of its longtime partnership with DC SCORES as well as America SCORES. Beginning in 2006, Volkswagen has backed our work in the District through annual financial investments — $30,000 in fiscal year 2013 — as well as employee engagement and volunteer efforts. Volkswagen “adopted” the team at Marie Reed Elementary School, DC SCORES’ flagship school, and you can see the VW logo on children’s T-shirts during every game day. At many DC SCORES events, you will find a group of enthusiastic Volkswagen employees volunteering — whether they’re face painting, refereeing soccer games, or judging the Poetry Slam!. “With programs like DC SCORES, students develop a passion for lifelong learning,” said Anna Schneider, Volkswagen Group Vice President of Industry and Government Relations. The Volkswagen Group of America partnership with DC SCORES is a perfect example of exemplary corporate social responsibility at work.

“With programs like DC SCORES, students develop a passion for lifelong learning.” — Anna Schneider, Volkswagen Vice President of Industry and Government Relations


2013 Donors and Supporters DC SCORES is thankful to the hundreds of donors, partners, and volunteers who make our program possible. Thank you! League Champions $100,000+ D.C. Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation U.S. Soccer Foundation United Planning Organization Team Champions $50,000-$99,999 21st Century Community Learning Centers via DC Public Schools’ Middle School Matters Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States Scoring Champions $25,000-$49,999 Aetna Foundation The Century Council Commonweal Foundation D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education Lois & Richard England Family Foundation Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (New Communities Youth Development & Community Wellness) Hattie M. Strong Foundation Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. MVPs $10,000-$24,999 Herb Block Foundation D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities D.C. Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs District Sports International Monetary Fund Civic Program Morningstar Foundation Soccer ‘94 Fans $5,000-$9,999 The Advisory Board Company Jane Asher CIT Group Clark Construction Clark-Winchcole Foundation Cresa Washington DC DIRECTV Gannett Foundation Corina Higginson Trust Richard E. & Nancy P. Marriott Foundation PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Progression Place Community Development Initiative Fund Subaru of America Foundation, Inc. TD Bank (TD Charitable Foundation)


University of Maryland Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Venable Foundation Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. George Wasserman Family Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP Supporters $2,500-$4,999 ALJAZEERA International Alston & Bird LLP Arnold & Porter LLP Bingham McCutchen LLP Blackboard Inc. Booz Allen Hamilton CenturyLink Crowell & Moring Foundation The Dimick Foundation Hogan Lovells LLP Humanities Council of Washington, DC Kirkland & Ellis LLP Latham & Watkins LLP Jacob & Charlotte Lehrman Foundation Marriott International, Inc. Meltzer Group Employee Giving Fund Merrill Lynch Robert Nakamoto Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP Leslie Wilkes Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Captains $1,000-$2,499 Geoffrey and Susan Brown Capital Area Network Andrea Custis Joseph Davis D.C. Stoddert Soccer League Tilden and Mary Edwards The Fabrangen Tzedakah Collective Patricia Fagen Neil and Kate Hare Jennifer Hillman HJ Leonard Miller Chevalier Jodi and Eldad Moraru Nathan Associates, Inc. Jim Nunes David Thompson

Jim Tibbs UnitedHealth HEROES Williams & Connolly LLP Anne and Fred Woodworth Youth Service America Jay and Rita Yurow

Matthew Field David Filbeck Ryan Findley Catherine and Harry Findley Michael Finn Gwen Fitzgerald Molly Fitzpatrick Robert and Laura Foose Anthony Francavilla Myra Freilich and Moshe Cohen James Frison Bradford and Kathleen Gamble Adam Gerchick Shana Glenzer Shana Glickfield Linda Google John Graebner Joe Graziano Daphne Greenwood Cheryl Gregory Tim Guinan Anne Gustaveson Roberto Haddad Tracey Halliday Will Harding John Hedden David Henken Emil Hill Eli and Vesta Hochstetler Maiz Hogan David Holmes Paul Hunt Paul Jackson and Tracey Rutnik

Contributors $100-$999 Tal Alter Giselle Anzalone William Barbieri Kelley Barnaby Jim Barratt William Barry Michael Bassett Winell Belfonte Robert Bell Andrew Bowser Cheryl Boyce John Bramlette E. Kassandra Brock Frank and Miriam Buono William Burke Connor Cain Stephanie Carillo Jeffrey Chang Allen Chew Barton Clark Nicole Clifton Pierre The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region James Crocker Celina Cunningham Alice Dachowski Colleen Daly Diane Davidson Disney Friends for The DC SCORES League of Champions includes all donors who pledge a major gift Change every year for at least five years. Keith Donahoe Paula Donahue Ahmad Jamaal Lampkin Kevin and Rachel Alansky Kelly Dragelin Anonymous Peter Loge and Zoe Beckerman Jeffrey Drezner Don Marshall Anthony and Armandina Brown Julie Dugger Chris Bruneau Gina and Howard McMillan, III Amy Dunbar and David Burgett John and Livezey More Theodore Hester Amy Nakamoto and Jeremy Edwards Graeme Bush and Wendy Rudolph Dorothy Dundas James Cain Stephen Replogle and Skye Earls Replogle Peter Dunn Chas and Sara Roades Ronya Corey and Devon McFadden Karen Edwards Christopher Finley and Ursula Savarain Gene Sachs Kenneth Eisner Dontai Smalls Steve and Michelle Goodman Gretchen Ellsworth and Robert Hirsch Jan and Angelika Smilek Jay and Cherl Grauberger Sara Evans Omid Jahanbin Brendan and Tricia Sullivan Stefan Fatsis Cal and Barbara Klausner Matt Tanielian Martha Fein Dan and Kathleen Knise Pierre Vigilance Zewdu Fekede Richard and Batina Washington LMAC Foundation Charles Fendig Carl Kravitz and Elizabeth Werner 16

League of Champions


2013 Donors and Supporters Susan Jaquet Sam Jaraiedi Karl Jentoft Hilary Joel Daniel Jones Rob Kaler Brian Kaminski Gilbert and Betty Kaplan David Katz Harvey Kelly Paul Kemp Nancy Kemp Judith Kemp Kim Kendrick Patricia Kincaid Ronald Klain and Monica Medina John Koskinen Lois and Charles Koteen Robert and Gayle Krughoff Paula Lantz Felicia Lasley Brian Lebowitz Paul Leder Katherine Leenhouts Philip Levy Stephen Lieberman Matthew Lindsay John Lloyd and Sue Budin Laurelle Lo John Loge Geraldine Loveless Karen Lovitch Christopher Lucas Tricia Lynn Amit Magdieli Michael Mann Cara McFadden Jon McGaughey Christopher McGuire Katy McKegney David McWhinney Kate Meenan-Waugh and James Waugh Laura Metro Geoffrey Miller Jason Money Keith Mordoff Katherine Morrison Paul Nagle Michael Nakamoto Mae Nakamoto


Gloria Nauden James M. And Virginia W. Newmyer Family Fund Michael Nilsson Adriana Nino Koro Nuri Eric Olsen John Owen David Owens Howard Owens Laton Palmer Adam Paulson Kevin and Pamela Payne Beverly Perry Dave Potter Craig Primis Claire Qureshi Rational PR Shihab Rattansi Mauricio Renzi Beth Richie Maisha Riddlesprigger Michelle and Mingo Roberts Kelly Rodman Richard Rosen and Becky Slifkin Eliot and Shirley Rosen Jesse and Stacy Rosenthal Lisa Ross George Roux James Sadowski Jennifer Salan Karen Schulman Marshall Schwartz Jeff Schwartz Larry Schwartzman Ellen Seidman Rachel Sheridan and Randall Ussery Lauren Sheridan James and Donna Sheridan Jerry Shulman Chefik Simo Michael and Heather Skigen Kyler and Michael Smart Sarah Smith Evelyn Smith Sodexo Foundation Ben Soto Alice Speck Sport And Spine Rehab Margaret Stancampiano Bryan Stephany

Evelyn and Barry Strauch Nick Swezey William Taylor Tom Tepper Andrew Teras and Megan Bartlett John and Valerie Thomas Jarrett Thomas Adam Treiser Theodore Voorhees Lynn Voyton VYS Strikers Ryan Wallach and Shannon Lockwood Elisse Walter Richard Warner Mark Washo Jeff Werner Robert Wheelock Graham Williamson Jonathan Winer Andrea Wolfman World Learning Wendell Wright Brian Wright Brian Yi Mark Young and Rachel Carren Matching Gifts DIRECTV Merrill Lynch The Pew Charitable Trusts Soros Fund Charitable Foundation Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. In-Kind adidas America D.C. Stoddert Soccer League DrinkMore Water First Book – Washington, DC Longview Gallery Modell’s Sporting Goods Occasions Caterers Office Depot Foundation Penya Barcelonista Washington D.C. PVBLIC Foundation Sport and Spine Rehab Starbucks The Taproot Foundation The Washington Post Venable LLP

Our Team! Board of Directors Chas Roades, Chair

The Advisory Board Company

Merrill Lynch

Ronya Corey

Howard L. McMillan, III

Kevin Alansky, Vice Chair

Kelly Dragelin

Jodi Moraru


Jack Reagan, Treasurer Grant Thornton LLP

Carl S. Kravitz, Governance Chair Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Steve Goodman

Wells Fargo Advisors


Stephen Replogle Cove Strategies

Arjuna Solutions

Jay Grauberger

Dontai Smalls UPS

Clark Construction

Barton Bishop

Sport and Spine Rehab

Paul Jackson

JCG Incorporated

Anthony Brown

Pierre Vigilance

George Washington University/ Public Health Ventures Group, LLC

Karen Lovitch Mintz Levin

DC SCORES Staff Amy Nakamoto, Executive Director Daniel Meloy, Senior Director of Development & Communications Lyndsey Miller-Vierra, Senior Director of Operations Katrina Owens, Senior Director of Programs Program Team Charity Blackwell, Soccer Coordinator Carlos Fonseca, Program Manager- Soccer Operations Jessica Gilbert, Middle School Poetry & Service-Learning Coordinator Sean Hinkle, Program Director For Quality Jacqui Kemp, Program Coordinator- Training & Logistics Rachel Klepper, Elementary School Coordinator Alyssa Morse, Community Outreach Coordinator Keith Tucker, Soccer Specialist Ron Thurston, Soccer Coordinator Libby Watkins, Program Coordinator- Monitoring & Evaluation

Communications & Development Team Sumayyah Daud, Administrative Assistant Jake Lloyd, Communications Manager Jessica Rosen, Development Manager Jessica Trevelyan, Grants Manager


Financials Statement of Financial Position Assets Current Assets Cash and cash equivalents Contributions and foundations receivable, net Government grants receivable Prepaid expenses and other assets

321,859 403,338 64,753 15,383

158,438 164,667 68,860 39,458

Total current assets







Liabilities and Net Assets Current liabilities Accounts payable and accrued expenses



Total liabilities



Net assets Unrestricted net assets Temporarily restricted net assets

501,918 296,804

251,134 171,205

Total net assets



Total liabilities and net assets



Property and equipment, net Total assets


At August 31, 2013 2012

Statement of Financial Activities Revenue Corporation & foundation contributions Individual contributions Government contributions Government contracts Contributed materials and services Registration fees Special events income Program related revenue Net assets released from restrictions

Unrestricted Temp. Restricted

At August 31, 2013 2012

490,006 247,752 252,886 566,223 165,514 26,144 97,824 7,713 64,251

189,850 (64,251)

490,006 437,602 252,886 566,223 165,514 26,144 97,824 7,713 -

414,081 426,225 313,806 130,773 38,605 150,898 4,027 -

Total Revenue





Expenses Programs General & administrative Fundraising

1,291,370 194,563 181,596


1,291,370 194,563 181,596

998,461 162,698 291,976

Total Expenses





Change in Net Assets





Net Assets - Beginning of Year





Net Assets - End of Year





*Temp = temporarily


Our Mission DC SCORES builds teams through after-school programs for 1,500 low-income DC youth at 47 schools by instilling physical fitness, self-expression, and a sense of community.

DC SCORES 1224 M Street NW, Suite 200 Washington, DC 20005 (202) 393.6999 DC SCORES is an affiliate of America SCORES, with organizations in 13 cities.

2013 DC SCORES Annual Report