Media Alert: America SCORES Celebrates National Poetry Month

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America SCORES will celebrate National Poetry Month with a National Poetry SLAM! on Monday, April 7 at the New York Stock Exchange featuring performances by 26 students from across the country.

America SCORES is celebrating National Poetry Month in New York City with events April 7-8.

America SCORES National Poetry SLAM!

WHAT: This is the premier event for America SCORES, a national after-school program that works with low-income youth at 175 public schools across the country. This year, the SLAM! will showcase original works of poetry by 26 children from 13 cities as well as a live performance by event emcee Sachal Vasandani (Sony Masterworks). The National Poetry SLAM! will also launch the release of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency, Vol. 6 Album, which includes seven original songs written and recorded by ASCAP Songwriters & America SCORES students from five cities across the U.S. There will also be surprise announcements made regarding a new spokesperson and a new corporate sponsor for America SCORES.

WHO: In addition to the 26 America SCORES children from across the country and Vasandani, the event will also feature Briana Scurry - one of the world's-best female soccer goalkeepers and the new National Spokesperson for America SCORES. After being named starting goalkeeper for the United States Women’s National Soccer Team in 1994, she helped lead the team in two Olympic gold medals (1996 and 2004) and had 173 international appearances – a record amongst female soccer players. Briana will make her National Spokesperson debut at the National Poetry SLAM!.

“America SCORES provides a safe place for children to learn and play afterschool. It changes the lives of children who need it the most," Scurry said. "As the new National Spokesperson for America SCORES, I want to be part of something bigger than myself and give back to the soccer world, which has given so much to me. I’m honored to support America SCORES!”

The following supporters will also be present:
Ben Chrnelich, NYSE, America SCORES National Board Chair
Burton Haimes, AYSO, US Soccer Federation, FIFA, CONCACAF
Briana Scurry, US Women’s Soccer Champion
Sachal Vasandani, Sony Music Recording Artist

WHEN: Monday, April 7, 2014
6:30    Cocktail Reception
7:30 National Poetry SLAM!
8:30     Dessert Reception

WHERE: New York Stock Exchange
20 Broad Street, New York, NY

PHOTO/VIDEO OPPPORTUNITIES: The 26 America SCORES participants will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. to perform original group and individual poems. During the event, Sachal Vasandani will perform "You Belong to Me." with the America SCORES NY students from PS 325 that they co-wrote and recorded during the ASCAP Songwriter Residency last fall. Briana Scurry will also speak.    

Sponsors include Insperity, Eurosport, Marlin & Associates, New York Stock Exchange, News Corp, Orrick, Thomson Reuters, and Volkswagen, PwC and ASCAP

ASCAP CD Release

WHAT: ASCAP @ America SCORES is a songwriting mentorship program that is a partnership between ASCAP and acclaimed national after-school program, America SCORES. It partners ASCAP artists - from Grammy winners to emerging artists in all genres of music - with America SCORES kids for three-afternoon songwriting mentorship programs. April 8 will mark the release of Volume 6 of the America SCORES & ASCAP partnership CD.

WHO: The album includes music co-written and recorded by America SCORES' students and ASCAP songwriters around the United States. The songs were all written and recorded this past Fall in 6 cities: New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and St. Louis.

WHEN: The album will be released April 8. It will also be available April 7 to stream in full online at

America SCORES Rings Closing Bell at NYSE

WHAT: America SCORES representatives will ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange, following a gift presentation from NYSE.

WHO: America SCORES staff, board members and representatives will be joined by America SCORES supporters at NYSE for a gift presentation by a NYSE Senior Executive, followed by the ringing of the closing bell.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
    3:30 p.m. - Gift presentation by NYSE Senior Executive
    3:45 p.m. - Participants proceed to bell podium
    4:00 p.m. - Closing bell rings

WHERE: New York Stock Exchange
20 Broad Street, New York, NY


About America SCORES

America SCORES is the largest urban school-based soccer organization in the U.S. with a mission to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. Established in 1994, it is the first national organization to create a sustainable and replicable model that brings soccer to urban areas through a holistic after school program. Using soccer as a tool for social change, America SCORES creates teams through the sport of soccer; brings these teams into the classroom to discover their voice through poetry; and as a team, the students learn to use their voices to make change in their communities. The result is a team of children who experience success on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. Learn more at

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