Rapids, America Scores Host SCORE Jamboree

Soccer Festival Culminates 3 Months of SCORES Programming with Denver Public Schools Students

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The Colorado Rapids announced today that the club has partnered with America SCORES Denver to host  the SCORES Jamboree soccer festival for Denver Public Schools students before school ends for the 2010 spring semester. The Jamboree will take place tomorrow, Friday, May 21 from 5-8 p.m. on fields 8 and 10 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

The Jamboree will coincide with the build-up to the 2010 World Cup, which takes place this June and July.

The Jamboree concludes America SCORES Denver’s spring World Cup curriculum, which consists of lesson plans constructed by the Rapids and America SCORES Denver that Denver Public Schools teachers have implemented the past ten weeks of school. Each child got the chance to learn facts about the World Cup and was provided extra incentive to follow along with the tournament. Activities in the curriculum included soccer games, outdoor exercises and indoor study aids to help students learn. 

Participating classes will arrive at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park tomorrow, with each representing one of the 32 World Cup participants as their “home team,” and exchange representative flags with each opponent throughout the soccer festival.

Each America SCORES Denver student who has successfully completed both the education aspect of the World Cup curriculum and participates in the Jamboree will receive a complimentary ticket to a 2010 Colorado Rapids home game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

“The Rapids are Colorado’s conduit to the world’s most popular and passionate sport,” said Jeff Plush, Managing Director of the Colorado Rapids. “The global nature of soccer lends itself to being able to create a truly diverse learning platform. By partnering with America SCORES Denver, we can serve as a resource to our educators in conjunction with the world’s biggest event this summer, and we hope we can do our part to help educate Colorado’s youth while also making it fun.”

“The World Cup draws people together from all over the world, and to be able to expose our local poet-athletes to the event's international impact at an early age is a tremendous first step in making them global citizens," said America SCORES Denver Executive Director Brandon Blew. “The Jamboree, hosted by the Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, is a memorable way to finish off a great spring season and an exciting transition into the summer and the World Cup.”

About America SCORES Denver

America SCORES Denver is an affiliate of America SCORES, a national organization that serves thousands of urban school children in 13 major cities throughout the United States. Through its affiliates, America SCORES provides a national model for youth development – one in which a unique combination of soccer, poetry, and service-learning prepares children for success throughout their lives as students, citizens, and leaders. America SCORES Denver’s program is currently inspiring 250 youth in eight West Denver schools to lead healthy lifestyles, be engaged students, and become agents of change in their community.