WASHINGTON, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of urban-area children from 22
Washington, DC Public Schools turned out today at Trinity University for the
DC SCORES Jamboree!, Holly O'Donnell, DC SCORES Executive Director, announced
today. Sponsored by Balanced for Life, an initiative of the nation's vending
industry to help address skyrocketing childhood obesity rates, the Jamboree!
is a soccer festival including round-robin style tournament games, arts and
crafts, and fun activities for the entire community.
While kicking off the Jamboree!, O'Donnell said, "We're all very proud of
the work our students have done over the past year and are excited to watch
them showcase their skills today at our 10th annual DC SCORES Jamboree!. We
are also thrilled to have the support of the nation's vending industry through
its Balanced for Life initiative that helped fund the events we're enjoying
After O'Donnell's opening remarks, Hugh O'Neill, president of the
Maryland/DC Vending Association and vice president and general manager of
Hagerstown Canteen Service, Inc., presented to the organization on behalf of
the nation's vending industry a $10,000 check and additional $1,000 check from
the Maryland/DC Vending Association. In presenting both checks, O'Neill said,
"DC SCORES is a great program because it helps get kids active which we think
is critical to the health of our nation's youth. On behalf of the Balanced
for Life program and the Maryland/DC Vending Association, we present these
checks to DC SCORES and look forward to working with you on other programs
that help protect the health of our nation's youth."
In the US, over 65% of urban, city, school children do not participate in
extracurricular activities that involve any form of exercise and 32% are
overweight or obese. The DC SCORES after-school program engages children from
the District of Columbia in at least 90 minutes of soccer three times a week
ensuring that student-athletes learn to be physically active and involved in a
team activity at an early age. The DC SCORES Jamboree!, presented by Balanced
for Life, is the culminating event of the spring DC SCORES season where
students get to show the community how much their soccer skills have improved
over the season.
Every day, DC SCORES works with 700 children in 22 District of Columbia
public elementary and middle schools. Using a unique combination of soccer,
poetry and community service projects, DC SCORES utilizes a whole child
approach to youth development for students who are at-risk of academic
Concluded O'Donnell, "On behalf of everyone associated with DC SCORES,
most especially the hundreds of school children who were the stars of the day,
we thank all of our program partners who made this event possible."
About DC SCORES
DC SCORES, an affiliate of America SCORES, is an innovative after-school
program that uses soccer, literacy and community service to build healthy
bodies, healthy minds and healthy communities among at-risk kids in
Washington, DC, Public Schools. A dedicated team of public-school teachers
works with 8-14 year olds on basic skills including literacy and physical
fitness, as well as character development areas such as leadership and team
work. The result is happier, healthier and stronger kids and communities. For
more information visit http://www.DCSCORES.org.
About Balanced for Life
Balanced for Life is a program created by the National Automatic
Merchandising Association's non-profit foundation designed to teach our
nation's youth the importance of a balanced diet and physical activity. For
more information visit http://www.balancedforlife.net.