Through UW's Pipeline Project, which hooks up undergrads with educational and service opportunities with area youth, I was fortunate enough to get involved with this program. The mission of America Scores is "to strengthen urban public school children and communities through soccer, literacy and community service." I think it's just the coolest thing in the world. This quarter I've been working with the boys team at a local elementary school. Twice a week the kids practice soccer, and on Fridays they play against other area schools. The other two days they write poetry about their experiences on the field or about anything they want. Not only does this program provide these kids with a safe place to be in the afternoon, it gets them excited about participating in sports and in writing. Whoever started America Scores is a genius. Here in Seattle, we currently have 8 teams in the Highline School District, 6 teams in the Tukwila School District, and 2 teams in the Seattle School District. Before Seattle Scores started this spring, many of these schools had 0 after-school opportunities. This program costs about $1000 a year per student, but thanks to sponsors such as Adidas, USSF, the Starbucks Foundation, and many more the students don't have to pay a dime. The kids get shinguards, soccer socks, jerseys and shorts. They get coaches who direct and team them, and they get a chance to express themselves through writing. If you've never heard of it before, check it out (at www.americascores.org)! It's awesome. If you have heard of it, what has been your involvement with America Scores?