October 12 2009
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Listen: You may have to hear this one to believe it -- Milwaukee SCORES is an after school program empowering students in urban communities using soccer, creative writing, and service learning. When they contacted us about a month before the Make A Difference campaign started, I did a double take. Not exactly expected, right? I've played soccer my entire life and love creative writing, but it never would have occurred to me to combine the two.
However, when I saw SCORES in action, it immediately made sense. Some kids are drawn to the program for the opportunity to play sports and become writers incidentally. Others are writers that just happen to stay active and learn teamwork on the soccer pitch. However, no matter what draws them to the program, they all have the opportunity to build relationships and trust with each other in a completely unique way.
Andy Olson came to Milwaukee SCORES as a part of Starbucks' nationwide partnership with America SCORES. Over the last four years, he's had a chance to role up his sleeves in the classroom, act as a celebrity judge at a the SCORES Poetry Slam, and probably most importantly, watch the kids grow as writers. Listen to Andy in the classroom with with of the wonderful and talented SCORES kids:
Produced by: Adam Carr