Shep Messing To Be Honored At America SCORES National Poetry SLAM!

Soccer legends unite to support national afterschool soccer & poetry program

Mar 21, 2013, 10:17 ET from America SCORES

NEW YORK, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- From championships with the New York Cosmos to the 1972 Olympic Games, Shep Messing's accomplishments have put him in the New York Sports Hall of Fame, the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, and the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame. On April 8, 2013, Messing joins the distinguished list of America SCORES honorees at the 7th Annual America SCORES National Poetry SLAM! Hosted at the New York Stock Exchange, the evening will showcase, through 27 children from 14 cities, the impact that soccer makes on the lives of 8,000 urban elementary and middle school students every single year.


Thousands of America SCORES participants audition regionally for the chance to visit New York City to perform at the National Poetry SLAM! Of the 20,000 original literary works written by the participants each year, the evening will feature 27 selected poetry performances by elementary and middle school students from around the country.

"America SCORES changes the lives of children who need it most. As a result, their poet-athletes have shown the unlimited potential to be brave, to make a difference and have inspired me with their efforts," Messing said. He was happy to sign autographs for enthusiastic America SCORES participants on a recent visit to PS 192, including 10-year-old Maguette whose twin brother Elhadji is also in the program.

Past honorees include Robin Williams, Don Garber, Rick Davis, Sunil Gulati, Kathy Carter and most recently, Chris Heck.

Who     Shep Messing, Global Sports Group & New York Cosmos

             27 elementary and middle school youth visiting from 14

             cities Presented by America SCORES


The following supporters will be at the event:

Chuck Blazer, US Soccer Federation, FIFA, CONCACAF

Ben Chrnelich, America SCORES National Board Chair

Burton Haimes, AYSO, US Soccer Federation, FIFA, CONCACAF

John Harkes, US Soccer Hall of Famer

Joseph Tacopina, Owner, AS Roma


Sponsors include Insperity, Eurosport (, FOX Soccer,

Thomson Reuters, Southwest Airlines (Click to view all sponsors)




Date     Monday, April 8, 2013

6:00      VIP Cocktail Reception

7:00      Doors open (General)

7:30      National Poetry SLAM!

8:30      Dessert Reception


Venue  New York Stock Exchange

             20 Broad Street, New York. NY


Tickets $250 VIP ($150 General) (


Can't make it? Make a donation here.


Press must RSVP to Michelle Wong by 4/3/13 to attend The National Poetry SLAM! and interview Shep Messing & students.

About America SCORES

In a time during which urban schools often lack organized sport and high quality afterschool activities, America SCORES is the only program that provides free, year-round soccer playing opportunities nationwide while simultaneously improving the literacy and academic engagement of its participants. When they are not on the field, participants are writing poetry and sharing their inner-most emotions with their teams, as part of this year-long, five-day-per-week, afterschool program. The National Poetry SLAM! is the culmination of 120 hours of soccer practice and 90 hours of writing dedicated by each student during the school year.

A national nonprofit organization, America SCORES partners with public schools in low-income communities to provide a high quality, award-winning afterschool program to elementary and middle school youth. Integrating soccer, poetry and service-learning, our innovative approach improves at-risk students' health, academic achievement and civic engagement by focusing on teamwork, creativity, literacy, school engagement and leadership. Our mission is to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. Learn more at