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National Poetry SLAM!




9th Annual America SCORES National Poetry SLAM!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Thomson Reuters Building, Times Square


It is with great pleasure that we present the 9th Annual National Poetry SLAM!, a fundraiser and a celebration of America SCORES students’ poetry and performance talents!

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 SLAM’s! for the opportunity to perform on a national stage—only 28 get the chance. With students performing their original poetry, the event showcases the power of America SCORES to improve lives while celebrating the achievements of these outstanding elementary school youth. At the event, America SCORES also honors a well-known person who embodies our mission in his or her life work, serves as a role model for the children and shines a spotlight on the organization. The SLAM! is attended by SCORES families, coaches and teachers from around the country, as well as representatives of top corporate, finance, sports/brands. In 2014, we had our first live webcast of the event, sponsored by News Corp.

Whether you’re attending, volunteering or supporting your local poet-athletes, we invite you to join with us to make the SLAM! even more successful this year! 

  • To find a regional poetry slam near you, find your local affiliate.
  • To see press coverage of last year’s Slam!, including our appearance on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell and at the New York Stock Exchange, check our news page.

Click here for Sponsorship Opportunities for this year’s SLAM!

Check back here soon for information on how to purchase tickets.


Watch Last Year’s Slam!




Meet a Pair of Last Year’s Poet-Athletes



Luis and Angelika represented America SCORES Bay Area at last 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!