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National Poetry SLAM!

            Thank you to all the poet-athletes, affiliates, volunteers,

sponsors and families involved in the 2014 National Poetry SLAM!


Twenty-six incredibly talented SCORES poet-athletes from 13 cities traveled to NYC to perform their original poetry in front of 200+ guests at the New York Stock Exchange. Watch performance highlights or the entire show emceed by Sachal Vasandani, Sony Masterworks and ASCAP songwriter/ artist.  Note: Opening video starts at 18 minutes and soccer champion Briana Scurry’s remarks are at one hour and four minutes.

The event captured the attention of MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell who invited Xavier, a poet-athlete from DC, and me 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!

A red-carpet and star-studded event in New York City, the National Poetry SLAM! occurs each spring at venues such as HBO Studios, Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater and the New York Stock Exchange. Thousands of SCORES students take center stage at regional Poetry SLAMs! for the opportunity to perform on a national stage — only 28 get the chance. The National SLAM! showcases SCORES students and also honors a well-known figure who embodies our mission in his or her life work. The National SLAM! is a fundraiser and is attended by representatives of top corporations, soccer stars, successful writers and SCORES families and teachers. In 2014, there will be a live webcast so that the entire America SCORES network can be a part of this inspiring event.


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Meet a pair of Poet-Athletes



Luis Garcia and Angelika De Castro will represent 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, 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 infections 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 to everyone!