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National Poetry SLAM!

            The 2014 National Poetry SLAM! was a great success!

Thank you to all poet-athletes, affiliates, volunteers, sponsors and families.

Stay tuned for details about next year!


Twenty-six incredibly talented SCORES poet-athletes from 13 cities traveled to New York City last April to perform their original poetry in front of 200+ guests at the New York Stock Exchange. Watch highlights of the show, which was emceed by Sachal Vasandani, Sony Masterworks and ASCAP songwriter/artist.  

The event captured the attention of MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell who invited Xavier, a poet-athlete from DC, and SCORES National Executive Director Holly O’ Donnell to join him on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell to talk about America SCORES on live TV after the event. Watch the segment online, and an informal conversation, The Very Last Word, here.

The following day, America SCORES staff and board members from around the country rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Watch us ring the bell!


Families and coaches wish the 2014 poet-athletes GOOD LUCK!


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Meet a Pair of Poet-Athletes



Luis and Angelika represented America SCORES Bay Area in this year’s SLAM!

Luis‘s poem “Mi Nicaragua” draws inspiration from his immigration experiences in third grade. From not knowing English, to becoming a well established poet-athlete in the Bay Area, Luis shows his hard work and dedication to education. Aside from excelling at poetry, you can find Luis, a.k.a. Lobo (wolf), exhibiting his talents on the soccer field where his display of commitment, leadership, sportsmanship, and teamwork are infectious and admirable.

Angelika is a third grade poetry superstar! One of her favorite memories is coming to America from the Philippines with her big and loving family. You can see her family’s support translate into the classroom where Angelika supports her classmates with their homework. She enjoys soccer, basketball, football, and loves poetry because she gets to share her poems with everyone!