Annual Report 2017
building teams, improving lives
DC SCORES creates neighborhood teams that give kids in need the confidence and skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom, and in life.
LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
FY17 was a tremendous year of progress for DC SCORES. We expanded to 59 schools and rec centers, providing programming for more than 2,500 children. We deepened our poetry/spoken word expertise, our ability to support our Latino children and families, our evaluation capacity, and our development operations through the hiring of incredible new staff. We piloted Junior SCORES, a 3-day-a-week soccer program for K-2 students, and partnered with the DC Department of Parks & Recreation to launch the District’s first DPR-based soccer leagues. Open Goal Project launched under our fiscal sponsorship to enable our most talented young soccer players to further develop their talent, and leverage it into college and beyond. We also kicked off a new all-star poetry series, March 8. This twice-a-year event pairs our most talented young spoken word artists with professional teaching artists to hone their skills and culminates in their performing side-by-side in private events at venues such as Busboys and Poets and Studio Theatre (check out the next edition March 1 at Studio Theatre).
Our poet-athletes were invited to perform their poetry at, among other places, the D.C. United Audi Field groundbreaking and the World Bank. Kids also got to showcase their soccer skills at halftime during a D.C. United home game. Speaking of D.C. United, coach Ben Olsen headlined a successful new fundraiser for us, multiple D.C. United players came out to cheer on our poet-athletes at our annual tournaments and poetry slams, and dozens of our accomplished young soccer players received scholarships to D.C. United summer youth academies.
We launched a brand new website with more robust content for our families, partners, and supporters. Major news outlets including WUSA-9, NBC-Washington, Telemundo and Univision, ran pieces on us. And, to top it off, we were recognized as the best-run nonprofit in the DMV not once, but three separate times!
As excited as we are about our progress, we know there is much work left to do. Our waitlist still runs around 20 schools deep. Our families are clamoring for more programming for K-2 students.
That’s why your support continues to matter so much. You made our amazing year possible, and with your help we can do even more for DC kids this coming year. Enjoy reliving some of the highlights of FY17, and please join us on the soccer field, at a poetry slam, or for a service-learning project in 2018 to experience your impact in action.
With gratitude that you're part of our team,
FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The sign of any great organization is its ability to constantly improve, build stability, and take the right risks. Just as important as organizational stability, the sign of an impactful organization working with and for kids is the ability to be creative, forward-thinking, and thoughtful in programming, staffing, and culture. Taken together, this defines DC SCORES in 2017.
In the past year, we have taken intentional steps to strengthen all aspects of program, including a focused year on the amazing poetry and creative expression that is produced by hundreds of students. At a time where the world holds much uncertainty, DC SCORES continues to provide a safe and confidence-building space for kids.
We have also established a more solid foundation financially which allows us to meet growing programmatic demand. By adding board members and staff that will lead us into a fantastic 2018, we are poised for even greater impact in the coming year. We ended the year with impressive recognition with generous awards being given to staff, our executive director, and our board of directors. All very well deserved. And, like any great organization, we continue to push and improve as we look ahead into a new year.
Sincerely, Anthony Brown
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
|Statement of Financial Position||At August 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$379,130||$175,227|
|Contributions and foundations receivable, net||$24,302||$17,825|
|Government awards receivable||$197,535||$173,467|
|Prepaid expenses and other assets||$31,637||$24,102|
|Total current assets||$632,604||$390,620|
|Long-term contributions and foundation grants receivable, net||$281,252||$204,259|
|Property and equipment, net||$6,873||$12,783|
|Liabilities and Net Assets|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||$26,783||$46,794|
|Deferred rent-- current portion||$5,134||$2,200|
|Deferred rent, less current portion||$8,156||$13,289|
|Unrestricted net assets||$558,050||$323,208|
|Temporarily restricted net assets||$308,952||$221,121|
|Total net assets||$867,002||$544,329|
|Total liabilities and net assets||$920,729||$607,662|
STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES AND CHANGES IN NET ASSETS
|For the year ended August 31, 2017|
|Support and Revenue|
|Corporation & foundation contributions||$448,303||$599,609||$1,047,912|
|Contributed materials and services||$85,779||-||$85,779|
|Special events income||$172,891||-||$172,891|
|Net assets released from restriction||$511,778||$(511,778)||-|
|Total Support and Revenue||$2,418,777||$87,831||$2,506,608|
|All Other Programs||$527,580||-||$527,580|
|Total program services||$1,635,784||-||$1,635,784|
|General & administrative||$262,383||-||$262,383|
|Total supporting services||$548,151||-||$548,151|
|Change in Net Assets||$234,842||$87,831||$322,673|
|Net Assets - Beginning of Year||$323,208||$221,121||$544,329|
|Net Assets - End of Year||$558,050||$308,952||$867,002|
|*Temp = temporarily|
2016-17 BY THE NUMBERS
DC SCORES strives to build the whole child. Not just the athlete. Not just the student. And not just the artist. That's why we combine soccer, poetry and spoken word, and service-learning in a consistent after-school model. The result of weekly soccer practices and games, writing workshops and performances, and the creation and implementation of service-learning projects -- all done as a team -- is students who are physically fit, are more engaged in school, and feel better about themselves and their connections to their school, peers, teachers and communities. Below is a summary of DC SCORES' impact during the 2016-17 school year:
During 2016-17, 76% of participants enrolled improved their Body Mass Index (BMI) percentile after a 12-week DC SCORES season and 70% of participants improved their aerobic capacity.
Writing and Reading
At the conclusion of the 2016-17 DC SCORES season, 83% of participants’ parents said that their child(ren) are better at writing and reading after a 12-week DC SCORES season, and 96% of participants are confident they will graduate high school.
Self-worth and Community
After a year of DC SCORES, 96% of participants discovered something they’re good at; 85% of participants cared more about their school; and 93% of participants feel comfortable talking to their coach when they have a problem.
19th Annual Poetry Slam!
During a period when many DC SCORES participants and their families felt uncertainty as their country changed around them, having a safe space to express their feelings was critical. That’s what the DC SCORES Poetry Slam! stage provided. DC SCORES teams took turns expressing feelings about their frustrations, fears, joys and much more through original poetry.
OUR WORDS, OUR CITY
In a warm, packed room on a chilly February evening, DC SCORES kids spanning over a decade of programming took turns wowing. Thirteen poet-athletes from Natalia, 10, to Myiah, 18, stepped into the spotlight and performed poems both poignant and powerful during the first showcase event held at Busboys and Poets Restaurant.
In a continued testament to how connected kids no longer in DC SCORES feel to the program, a record close to 200 high schoolers spent an afternoon of their spring break at the 7th Annual Alumni Soccer Tournament. Kids reunited, made new friends, and played some inspired soccer together.
JAMBOREE! CONTINUES TO EXPAND
As DC SCORES continues to grow, so does the largest event of the year. Our 22nd Annual Jamboree! Tournament and celebration of the spring season didn’t disappoint, bringing together more than 2,000 kids, hundreds of family and community members, a couple hundred volunteers, and dozens of partners for soccer and myriad other activities.
15TH ANNUAL DC SCORES CUP
Speaking of growth, the 15th Annual DC SCORES Cup — our corporate soccer tournament — gained eight teams in 2017 to grow to 40 companies representing the best of the best in the greater Washington, DC area. During the course of seven hours, teams played 112 soccer games across 10 fields at the Maryland SoccerPlex and raised $170,000 for DC SCORES.
In June and July, DC SCORES received not one but three organizational validations. First, we were chosen for inclusion in the Catalogue for Philanthropy (for the fourth time) as “one of the best nonprofits” in the Washington, DC region. Then we received the prestigious Advancement in Management (AIM) Award – a definitive stamp of approval for the way an organization is run from top to bottom. A month later, our Board of Directors was named the best-run in DC.
Official Community Partner of D.C. United
DC SCORES is the official community partner of DC’s Major League Soccer team, D.C. United, and the partnership produced many great results for both parties in FY17. From D.C. United players presenting trophies at the Poetry Slam! and signing autographs at Fall Frenzy and Jamboree! to coach Ben Olsen donating his artwork to the United Expressions fundraiser, to thousands of DC SCORES kids and coaches filling the stands at RFK Stadium for DC SCORES Day, it was a tremendous year of partnership.
September Through August
The DC SCORES fiscal year aligns with the school year, beginning in September and running through August. As we do every year, during 2016-17 we provided programming for low-income DC youth during every season. We were there for those in need of a team and a structured and supportive environment year-round. The following pages sum up our four program seasons.
Soccer and Spoken Word
By The Numbers
1,886 students at
6,560 original poems written
41 Poetry Slam! performances
Stories Of Impact
Capital Cup Champions
The Capital Cup Championship is the season-ending soccer event of the fall season and demonstrates not just how much kids improve through our program, but also how impactful DC SCORES is to communities like Truesdell’s and Raymond’s, the two schools that held trophies after thrilling games to conclude the season.
WE ARE THE FUTURE
In need of inspiration? Look no further than the DC SCORES Poetry Slam!, where on consecutive nights, kids representing 41 schools took the stage and performed original poetry in front of capacity crowds. Topics covered ran the gamut from addressing social justice issues to messages of hope and positivity. By the second night’s conclusion, inspiration was everywhere.
Building Healthy Kids
166 Students at 7 Schools
Stories Of Impact
LEARNING TO EAT HEALTHY
The winter DC SCORES season teaches students that there are two parts to being healthy — not just being active but also eating well. At seven DC SCORES sites, kids learned what foods and drinks are unhealthy; how to consume snacks and meals in moderation; and how to easily and quickly prepare delicious nutritious snacks and meals for themselves and their families.
WINTER SPORTS DAY
The second annual Winter Sports Day was even bigger than the first, bringing together all seven schools for an afternoon of soccer and cultural activities. The event was held in partnership with the Embassy of the State of Qatar and Qatar Foundation International.
Soccer and Service-Learning
By The Numbers
1,675 students at
436 soccer games played
40 service-learning projects
Stories Of Impact
BREAKING GROUND WITH POETRY
D.C. United broke ground on its new stadium, Audi Field, and as United's official community partner we were there with poet-athletes from Amidon Bowen Elementary School to kick things off alongside Mayor Muriel Bowser.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Spring is for service-learning. As the weather warmed, DC SCORES poet-athletes examined their communities and came up with plans to create change collectively. From school gardens to marches for immigrants’ rights, kids far and wide realized their ability to make a difference in their neighborhoods.
Staying engaged and having fun
194 students at four camps
Stories Of Impact
LEARNING NEW SKILLS
During Summer SCORES, kids get one-on-one instruction and learn new skills. Additionally, they meet other kids from throughout the city, form new friendships, and stay active every day through positive coaching and fun activities. The camps are especially impactful for the younger kids who learn from their older peers. It’s almost as if they always have mentors at their side.
A’DORA AND THE POWER OF POETRY
During the summer, we caught up with program alumna A’dora Willis. A’dora is a great example of a child who blossomed into an incredible young adult buoyed by discovering a passion and something she was good at in DC SCORES. A’dora has returned to that passion, poetry, recently as she begins her time in college and uses it to speak loudly and beautifully about the issues.
DC SCORES StaffCharity Blackwell
Katie Lu Clougherty
Ana Galeas Martinez
Bethany Rubin Henderson
*Indicates former staff member
Soccer has been in Chris Hudler’s blood for a long time.
DC SCORES’ Soccer Program Manager began playing the game as a toddler, joined his first organized team a year or so later, and played throughout middle and high school and into college. Even after graduating from Grand Valley State University in his home state of Michigan, Chris continued to play on rec teams. To this day, provide Chris with a soccer pitch and a ball, and his day is made.
Chris hasn’t kept his love to himself, however. Having benefited so much from his soccer-playing experiences, Chris has dedicated his work life to bringing the sport to as many kids as possible. He began coaching at age 16, leading a girls U-6 team, and hasn’t stopped for 20-plus years.
“I've wanted an opportunity to give back to the sport that has given me so much in my life,” Chris says. “I've been fortunate to have fantastic coaches and opportunities to play all my life and the chance to pass those things along to others is compelling.”
Chris joined DC SCORES in 2015 after five years coaching and coordinating with the D.C. United Foundation. When DC SCORES began a partnership with D.C. United that consolidated the efforts of the foundation with SCORES, Chris joined the staff to help with soccer programming. Under Chris’ guidance, DC SCORES not only continues to expand its traditional elementary and middle school model, but has added soccer programming at more than 10 recreational centers across the District.
“I love that we get to positively affect so many kids in the DC community,” Chris says. “I've been fortunate enough to work in soccer-related youth development for many years and the thing I love most about SCORES is that we strategically go to places where the children have limited or no other opportunities. The fact that we are able to provide high-quality soccer programming to over 50 locations in all 8 wards of Washington, DC, completely free of charge to our participants is just astonishing to me.”
In his position, Chris is in charge of making sure every DC SCORES site has all the soccer equipment needed for each fall and spring season. Think 2,500 shins to shoulders uniforms — school-customized T-shirts, shorts, socks and shinguards. Think 40 soccer balls per site, or 2,400 total! Those are just the base items. It’s a lot of work, and in the midst of the season, troubleshooting issues and running leagues for so many teams across multiple divisions can get hectic. But it’s what Chris loves to do. That and the DC SCORES culture keep him going strong.
“I have never experienced a culture like the one we have here at DC SCORES,” Chris says. “So much hard work is put in on the daily, it's really incredible to witness and play a role in it all. Everyone here is genuinely driven by the opportunity we have to make a positive impact in the lives of young people. It's an incredible thing to be a part of.”
Learn more about Chris and other DC SCORES staff members at here
DC SCORES Board of Directors
Ronya A. Corey*
Mark D. Cowan
Howard L. McMillan, III
Wally Okpych IV
Jennifer Gennaro Oxley*
*indicates board members whose terms ended in 2016-2017
Corporations, foundations, and government agencies play a critical role in helping us achieve our mission. We gratefully acknowledge those who generously provided financial support to DC SCORES in 2016-17.
League Champions $100,000+
D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (21st Century Community Learning Centers; DC Physical Activity for Youth)
Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
U.S. Soccer Foundation
Team Champions $50,000-$99,999
The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
The John G. & Jean R. Gosnell Foundation
United Way of the National Capital Region
Scoring Champions $25,000-$49,999
Audi of America
Butterfields Butter LLC
Capital for Children
D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities
D.C. Deputy Mayor's Office for Planning & Economic Development
Lois & Richard England Family Foundation
Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
Inter-American Development Bank
Near Southeast Community Partners
Singing for Change (Jimmy Buffet)
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Blank Rome LLP
Capital for Children
Cresa Washington DC
D.C. Mayor's Office of Latino Affairs
The Diplomat Group
Herb Block Foundation
Koons of Silver Spring
Richard E. & Nancy P. Marriott Foundation
The Morningstar Foundation
Washington Area Women's Foundation - Rainmakers Giving Circle
Wells Fargo Foundation
World Bank Community Outreach Program
Arent Fox LLP
Arnold & Porter LLP
Corina Higginson Trust
Crowell & Moring Foundation
Frechette Family Foundation
Grant Thornton LLP
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
M.E.S.H. (Masonic Eastern Star Home) Charities
Marriott International, Inc.
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Moore & Van Allen
Nando’s Restaurant Group
Promontory Financial Group
Subaru of America Foundation, Inc.
TD Bank (TD Charitable Foundation)
Teammates for Kids Foundation (Garth Brooks)
Wasserman Family Foundation
Williams & Connolly LLP
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Women's Sports Foundation (Sports4Life)
Zuckerman Spaeder LLP
The Advisory Board Company
The Dimick Foundation
Jacob & Charlotte Lehrman Foundation
Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church
Capitol Hill Community Foundation
Meltzer Employee Giving Fund
Breckinridge Capital Advisors
International Monetary Fund
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Junior League of Washington Resolution Read Committee
Leveling the Playing Field
Mindful Restaurants Group
Penya Barcelonista Washington D.C.
DC SCORES is grateful for the financial support of more than 1,000 individuals each year. Below are those donors who gave $100 or more to support DC youth in 2016-17.
Members of our League of Champions (denoted by a *) pledge a major gift of $1,000 or more every year for at least five years.
Carl Kravitz and Elizabeth Werner*
Katherine and David Bradley
Arlene Bork Selber*
Alan & Amy Meltzer Family Foundations Inc
Sue Budin and John Lloyd
Caroline E Fales
Debra and Michael Kushma*
Edwin and Diana Lohmeyer*
The Ludwig Family Foundation
Howard and Gina McMillan*
David and Paige Nicol*
Julie Polinger and Zach Friedlis
Christopher and Martha Richardson*
Gene and Lauren Sachs Family Foundation*
Sagalyn Family Fund
Anne and Fred L Woodworth
Lauren and James Ford
Mary Lenore Keszler
Ayan and Mike Rubin
Patrick and Trish Ahern
Sue E. Armstrong
Dennis and Alice Blumer
Thomas and Susan Burket
Brendon Del Toro
Gary and Sue Drean
Alan R. and Anne E. Figelman
Patricia and Ronald Flagg
Vicky and Robert Fontana
Judi and Reed Glickman-Shnider
Anne Hale Johnson
Don and Eliza Hill
Matthew Kaiser and Jennifer Quigley
Philip G Levy
Mark and Marsha Mazz
Michael A McCrac
Dana C Olsen
Katrina and Kenny Owens
John and Jean Petersen
Walter Alston Roberts III
Amy and Fred Rubin
Thomas St. Hilaire
Frederick and Catherine Sutton
Ann and Christopher Teras
Jessica and Stuart Trevelyan
Muriel and Arden Wilkins
Marla and Carlos Wolff
John Ydstie and Mary Jo Vrem Ydstie
Thank you for another incredible year. We are grateful for your support as we continue to grow and strive to serve every kid in Washington, DC, deserving of a team!
- The DC SCORES Team