California Life brings you the 6th Annual America SCORES National Poetry SLAM!
The National Poetry SLAM! showcased thirty outstanding students - selected from over 7,500 America SCORES participants at regional poetry SLAM!s in 14 cities across the country.
With each awe-inspiring poem, the 6th Annual America SCORES National Poetry SLAM! showcased how incredibly brave and gifted our poet-athletes are. From Black History Month to Demon Cats to Shining Smiles, no topic was left out in front of a captivated audience families, coaches, and supporters. The evening was filled with memorable musical performances by smart-rapper Psalm One. America SCORES honored Chris Heck, President of Business Operations for New York Red Bulls and welcomed special guests from the New York Red Bulls: Mehdi Ballouchy, Kenny Cooper, Stephen Keel, Dax McCarty, and Jan Gunnar Solli.
One of thirty poet-athletes awarded the all-expense paid trip to New York is 10-year-old Cynthia from Braddock Drive Elementary. Representing LA, Cynthia’s role models are her brother, parents, and America SCORES coaches Dejan and Dre. She likes that America SCORES LA gives each student a chance to experience both poetry and soccer because, while she sometimes feels shy in soccer, poetry provides a safe environment where she can read her poems in front of her peers with confidence. She cites being knocked out by the ball at a game day as one of her favorite America SCORES memories.