DC SCORES uses soccer as a building block for teaching academics, social skills, and teamwork for urban youth. The program is an affiliate of America SCORES, which serves more than 6,000 youth in 14 cities using a combination of soccer, creative writing, and service-learning to help young people succeed in school and life.
Mark McCullers, President and General Manager of the Columbus Crew, spoke to the DC SCORES poet-athletes before hitting the field, addressing the importance of service and hard work throughout the season. DC SCORES poet-athletes then enjoyed one-on-one time with the 2008 MLS champions, taking shots on goal, learning the benefits of exercise and nutrition, and practicing their soccer skills. "I learned about working hard and controlling the ball," said Tchoso A., 11. "They showed me how I can be the best player."