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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

2012 Fitness for yourself, Fitness and Literacy for a child

Have a healthy and fit New Year and help America SCORES Dallas students in the underserved area of Dallas.  Please consider donating $10 or more to support our young children achieve their physical potential and improve their literacy.  America SCORES Dallas is one of the few programs that combines literacy and physical fitness in one program.  It is five days a week, 90 minutes each day.  Teamwork, Leadership, Respect and Trust are the core values of this program.

Your support allows America SCORES Dallas to provide a holistic after-school program combining soccer, creative writing and community service to transform the lives of urban elementary school children in Dallas.  We inspire children to lead healthy lifestyles, succeed academically and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.  We need your help. Please post this to your Facebook Page and twitter accounts and help us achieve our goal to support our children.

To donate, follow this link to our website (Google Checkout page) for processing.
http://americascoresdallasdonate.weebly.com/

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Dallas Scores 2011 Poetry SLAM!

Wow!  What a spectacular SLAM! We had over 350 people show up at Maria Moreno Elementary for our 2011 Poetry Slam....our BIGGEST SLAM in Dallas Scores history!  288 children went through a first round of preliminaries and only 3 boys and 3 girls per school made it to the second round.  Over 50 contestants through out 9 schools competed for the chance to win an all expense trip to New York to recite their winning poem at the 2012 America Scores National Poetry Slam.  I want to congratulate our 2 winners: Jose Rocha from Nancy J. Cochran Elementary with winning poem titled "I Gotta Go" and Karina Cortez from Cesar Chavez Learning Center with winning poem titled "Dallas".  Every one of our poet-athletes did an AWESOME job.  Kevin Hartman, goalie for FC Dallas, was our MC for the night.  He signed autographs after our program while the kids and adults mingled and ate sandwiches catered by Subway.  It was an event the kids will remember forever!  Thanks to all who came out and to anyone involved helping prepare for our successful Slam!

Jose's poem:

I gotta go, I gotta go
I'll ask the teacher first
I gotta go, I gotta go
I think I'm going to burst
I gotta go, I gotta go
I'd better raise my hand
I gotta go, I gotta go
But maybe I should stand
I gotta go, I gotta go
My hand is raised up high
I gotta, I gotta go
I'm really in a bind
I gotta go, I gotta go
I think I'm going to explode
I gotta go, I gotta go
Uh oh, never mind

Karina's poem:
Dallas is a palace
A kingdom indeed.
All that we do is tend to succeed
We help people in need
Plus earn the honor to lead
Welcome to Dallas where the Rangers play
If you don't like to lose, it's best you stay away
If you like big buildings, come check out downtown
If you got a minute take a stroll and walk around
I sure so love my town
I love to see amazing things all around
Dallas is the most awesomest Palace
My wonderful Dallas

Watch Karina's poem by following this link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7H56e9f6ZE&feature=youtu.be


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Open Mic NIght

What a great evening!  We had over 60 poet-athletes and parents in the Starbucks that evening.  Boy was it crowded!  The children did a fantastic job reciting their poems.  Our next one is at the same location (Starbucks on La Vista Drive in Dallas) Novemver 29th from 7:00-8:00pm.  Hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thankful for Dallas SCORES November

Wow!  Have we been busy!  It takes a lot of work to run 9 schools, but what a joy to be able to say that!  Our poet-athletes are getting acquainted with the new season.  Most of our poet-athletes are new, but are catching on real quickly!  We have already hosted 3 soccer game days, playing 4 games at once between our 9 schools.  The kids always look so excited on game day.  We are also working on preparing for the Poetry SLAM! that will be held in December.  The poems are coming along just fine and some even tend to crack us up!  We can't wait to hear them all! 

We would like to send out a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped put together our 2011 Soccer Ball and to every one who attended that wonderful evening.  Also to the children of Cesar Chavez for sharing their poetry with us that night!  What a great event!

Open Mic Nights are on 11/9 and 11/29 from 6:00pm-7:00pm at the Starbucks on La Vista Drive in Dallas.  Come out and watch our kids share some of their work from this season and grab a cup of coffee, too!  THANK YOU STARBUCKS for hosting us!

Our Poetry SLAM!  will be held at Maria Moreno Elementary  @ 2115 South Hampton in Dallas.  Come out and support our kids and see who will be the next boy and girl chosen to present their work in NEW YORK! 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ready....Set......GOAL!!!!!

And we've started!!!!! Not only has season kicked off, but we kicked it off big time with 6 new schools.  That makes a total of 9 schools for us this year! 

I would like to welcome all of our schools:
Cesar Chavez Learning Center
Steven Park Elementary
Anson Jones Elementary
Ignacio Zaragoza Elementary
L.O. Donald Elementary
Leslie A. Stemmons Elementary
Maria Moreno Elementary
John W. Carpenter Elementary
Nancy J. Cochran Elementary

And a BIG thanks goes out to Big Thought for working with us! 

We are so happy to have everyone with us, new and old!  Our first game will be Friday October, 14th @ 4pm.  We will have 4 games going on at 4 different locations (Anson Jones, Cochran, Moreno, Zaragoza). Come out and see one of the games!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Whole Foods 5% Community Giving Day

This year we launched a happy partnership with our local Whole Foods on Park Lane. They adopted us as their organization of choice for the annual 5% Community Giving Day, a day on which 5% of sales will be donated to ASD.

Our 5% Day was yesterday! The entire ASD office spent the day at Whole Foods on Park Lane and shared our program with the community. Four of our Poet-Athletes from Cesar Chavez Learning Center joined us and helped thank customers for their part in helping support our program. It was a special day to celebrate our shared passion for the health of our community's children with Whole Foods and their customers.

We would also like to wholeheartedly acknowledge the hard work and support of Krista Brown and Annette Boardman, both of whom made this day possible. Thank you!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Groupon + ASD = Healthy Snack Campaign

The “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds” campaign will be available on Groupon Dallas’ G-Team page beginning on Tuesday, August 23rd and running through Thursday, August 25th. Utilizing G-Team’s collective action model, Groupon followers can pledge support for the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds initiative in increments of $10, with each $10 providing healthy snacks for one poet-athlete (ASD student) for an entire semester.

America SCORES Dallas will distribute the healthy snacks to the participating DISD schools during the organization’s after-school soccer and poetry program. Approximately 100% of the participating students are from households that are at or below the poverty level and do not have access to low cost healthful food, making these healthy snacks a vital part of both a student’s engagement in their after-school activities and their overall nutrition during each day.

“It is exciting and a privilege that Groupon has chosen America SCORES Dallas to be the first G-Team campaign in the Dallas market. This opportunity will allow us to raise more awareness about the work we do,” says Robert Hernandez, Executive Director, “By providing our students with a healthy snack every day, Dallas residents can help our poet-athletes get the nutrition they need to fully engage in their afterschool enrichment activities.”

The G-Team partnership is part of ASD grassroots approach to raising awareness of the importance of proper nutrition and nutrition education for our youth to combat childhood obesity, especially in high-risk populations. The schools that participate in ASD’s program are in the most under-served neighborhoods in urban Dallas and lack access to health education and fresh healthy food. America SCORES Dallas serves approximately 288 students in 9 DISD schools.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

8th Annual Soccer Ball is Coming!

America SCORES Dallas' 8th Annual Soccer Ball Auction and Gala, Kick It Up a Notch!, is our largest fund and friend raiser of the year.  Historically the Soccer Ball brings together over 200 guests, all philanthropic leaders in Dallas, each year and has raised over $1 Million dollars over the last 7 years.

For our 8th Annual Soccer Ball on October 21, we are really "Kicking it up a Notch!"  Scott Romano of Charlie Palmer will provide a culinary adventure throughout the evening, exciting live and silent auction items will incite heated bidding wars, and a poetry performance from our poet-athletes will inspire.


Help us "Kick it up a Notch" this year!  Learn more and get involved by visiting our website. You can donate auction items, suggest businesses as donors, and purchase your ticket or table!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Girls in the Game

On Sunday, the USA v Brazil World Cup game proved to be as entertaining as Transformers 3 on a hot summer day. In 3-D. Although there were no space robots or Michael Bay explosions, the game featured a goal within the first two minutes of play, a harsh referee, a devastating red card, an overtime goal by Brazil’s five-time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, a last minute (in extra extra overtime) equalizer by the US, and a penalty save during the game deciding shoot out.  


And yet, this game earned a 2.6 overnight rating for ESPN compared to last year’s World Cup USA vs Ghana game’s 9.9 rating. The difference? Last year was the men’s World Cup and this year is the women’s World Cup.

Why the disparity? The answer may be found in the history of soccer. The first Women’s World Cup was held in 1999, 61 years after the first Men’s World Cup. From an historical perspective, women’s soccer has had less time to gain popularity and professional development. However, the history of women’s soccer parallels the world’s reception and attitude toward women playing soccer. Here is a great (albeit old) article about women’s soccer vs. men’s soccer. Mostly the differences cited are those of resources, support, and youth coaching. The lack of interest for women’s sports produces a lack of funding and thus less opportunity to develop the profession. This vicious cycle has led to a complicated state of affairs for women’s soccer. Yet, it can be as simple as - getting girls in the game.

Getting girls in the game is as valuable for promoting the future of women’s soccer as it is for the girls who play the game. According to Team-Up for Youth, “Sports and physical activity can give girls positive body image, improved self esteem, tangible experiences of competency and success and increased self confidence.” Through soccer, girls gain a breadth of experiences and life skills that they would otherwise not always have the opportunity to acquire. The good news for women’s soccer? More potential players, supporters, and fans. With new generations, there is hope that women’s soccer will finally get the attention that they deserve.
See how we are helping get girls in the game: visit us at www.americascoresdallas.org

Watch the USA’s semifinal game against France on ESPN3 on Wednesday, July 13th at 10:30 AM.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Brek Shea Shoots, Paints, and SCORES














Major League Soccer, Abstract Art, and Philanthropy? A winning combination for our own FC Dallas Forward/Mid-Fielder, Brek Shea. The 6'4" 21-year old is not only a crowd-pleasing, lightening fast, goal-scorer, he is a veritable artist with a collection of bold abstract paintings and a heart of gold.


This Sunday, Brek is hosting an Art Show and Auction of his paintings at NYLO Plano at Legacy and proceeds will benefit the FC Dallas Foundation and America SCORES Dallas. You are invited to come view Brek's work, bid on your favorite pieces, and feel good that your contribution will help give inner-city Dallas kids a chance to play soccer.


RSVP by Wednesday, June 22nd to foundation@fcdallas.net

Monday, June 20, 2011

2010-11 Program Year Summary

It is hard to believe that our 2010 -2011 program year has come to an end.  It has been an amazing year!  I wanted to share this program year summary with you and demonstrate why we had one of the most successful program years since America SCORES Dallas was launched 2004.     
Open Mic Night

- We served over 250 students in nine schools in Dallas and Ft. Worth  

- We served over 500 students in over 20 schools in soccer clinics.    

- Two of our students were selected at our fall Poetry SLAM! to perform at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem.   

FC Dallas Photo



- We hosted two Open Mic Nights at the Lakewood Starbucks with over 100 students, parents, teachers and supporters in attendance.   

- FC Dallas players, Eric Avila, Brek Shea, and Kevin Hartman led a soccer clinic at Stevens Park Elementary.    

Wyly Theater



 - Each team developed a neighborhood-specific service project this spring, which ranged from recycling to health and wellness education.    

- Our students recited their year-end poems and presented their community service projects at the Wyly Theater.    
Jamboree 

- Our students played their end of the year soccer tournament at the Cowboys Stadium with almost 1,000 in attendance. 

None of this would have been possible without supporters like you.  
  



Looking into the future, we have a number of exciting things developing - such as our growing collaborations with The Art Institute of Dallas, Big Thought/Thriving Minds, and Whole Foods.  As always we will continue to strive to serve more schools and offer the best program we can.  We appreciate your time, effort and contributions.  Ultimately, all the hard work is about the children and enriching their lives.  They represent not only our future, but the future of our community.  It is up to us to invest in our children and make a meaningful impact.

Thank you for making this a wonderful year and being a part of the solution.  We look forward to another year of growth

Yours in service,
Robert Hernandez Signature
Robert Hernandez
Executive Director 
 America SCORES Dallas  
rhernandez@americascores.org
214.760.8133 (o)
214.760.8166 (f)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Get Your Dad a Gift at SAKS

Still need to get Dad a gift that says, "Hey Dad, thanks for being my Dad"?  Head to Saks Fifth Avenue this weekend to get that special gift!  Your Dad might also appreciate that 10% of the purchase will go toward helping inner-city youth play soccer, write poetry, help their neighborhoods, and stay off the streets.


Jamboree at Cowboys Stadium


Our end-of-the-year-soccer-extravaganza-tournament was held this year at, yes folks, the Cowboys Stadium.  Over 250 Poet-Athletes from Dallas and Fort Worth played soccer for four hours on the very turf that is home to Dallas' Cowboys in front of an audience of nearly 750 parents, siblings, and friends.  







For many of our poet-athletes, this was the first time they had really left their urban neighborhoods in Dallas, much less stepped inside the new billion dollar Cowboys Stadium. This was truly a night to remember!  

Thank you to all our volunteer Referees and our fabulous Starbucks volunteers!




Wednesday, May 18, 2011

SHOUT! at the Wyly Theater

 “Oh cool!” Esmerelda G. exclaimed as she walked into the Wyly Theater’s rehearsal space.  It is no surprise that this phrase was repeated many times on Friday evening as more SCORES kids shuffled into the lime green, mirrored room overlooking an Astro-turf patio with a view of the Dallas Arts District.  The scene was stunning.

And then the kids began their poems and the excitement in the room buzzed.  Stevens Park Elementary proclaimed their poetic love of soccer, Cesar Chavez Learning Center performed odes to their namesake Cesar Chavez, Anson Jones Elementary recited the virtues of recycling, Maple Lawn Elementary told tale of themselves and their families, and Lida Hooe Elementary reflected on the travails of school.

It was a fantastic event and the kids did a great job!  Thank you coaches, parents, students, and the Wyly Theater for making this event a success!  

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Celebration Time: SHOUT! & Jamboree

This week is BIG. It's bursting with our two year-end events, SHOUT! and Jamboree.  As the last week of the 2010-11 program, our poet-athletes are busily preparing their community service project boards, their group and individual poems, AND their soccer skills.


This Friday, everyone will fill the Wyly Theater to share and celebrate their semester's work of "Writing for the Community."  Each school will present their group and individual poems and then share their community service projects.  What a great end to a year of poetry reading, writing, performing, singing, recycling, educating, neighborhood cleaning, and playing!







Then on Saturday evening, poet-athletes, coaches, family, friends, volunteers, Board Members, and ASD staff will take over Cowboys Stadium for a night of soccer games.  All the Dallas schools will have the chance to play several games with the Fort Worth schools for the first time this year.






This week is BIG.  And will definitely be crazy fun.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

One Game Day, Four Games

Our game day last Friday was probably one of the windiest days I’ve ever experienced!  The goals were blowing all over the place, the balls weren’t staying in position, and there were even a few dirt devils swirling around the field.  Did that stop us?  Not even for a second!  It really turned out to be a great day.  We had a lot of people show up.  One special group of Starbucks volunteers showed up and made Gatorade for the kids and even set up a face-painting table.  We had paintings of cute little butterflies to stars painted on the cheeks, and even a few mustaches and unibrows on some of the girls.  The girls got into it more than the boys, but all in all, everyone had a great time.  Thank you Starbucks for making this game day one to always remember.  

- Crystal Schober
  Program Coordinator


Across town at Anson Jones Elementary School, the wind was blowing just as hard.  Luckily we had stakes to hold down the goals, but they still managed to flip over a few times from the forceful gusts of wind.  At times, I thought the tiny third graders would be blown away, but they all persevered and played as hard as they always do.  The new school, Lida Hooe, came out to Anson Jones and showed their new skills out on the soccer field while friends and families watched.  We may not have had face painting, but we still had lots of fun!


- Tessa Handa
  Americorps*VISTA

Thursday, April 14, 2011

New Year, New Opportunities

Lida Hooe Elementary. This year, 2011, has opened many doors for America SCORES Dallas.  In February, we brought in a new school, Lida Hooe, to the program through our capacity building model and our partnership with Big Thought/Thriving Minds.  This will be the 5th school the America SCORES Dallas program will serve this year! 

FC Dallas. In March, FC Dallas invited our poet-athletes, coaches, staff, and the Board of Directors to their opening game!  What a fun night.  Our partnership with FC Dallas has also captured the attention of a few of their star players.  This week, FC Dallas Stars, Brek Shea, Kevin Hartman, and Eric Avila volunteered at Steven’s Park Elementary to help our kids with some pro soccer tips during their soccer practice. 

Thank you Donors! On March 31st, we threw our first annual Donor Appreciation Reception at Café San Miguel.  The evening was spent honoring the commitment our donors have made to America SCORES Dallas.  We also showed them how they have impacted the lives of inner-city Dallas youth through the impromptu poetic performances of three poet-athletes.  We are SO very thankful for all our donors. 

STARBUCKS. This April we are partnering with Starbucks to help our schools and the community.  The Starbucks Foundation awarded a $15,500 grant to America SCORES Dallas for our Sprouts in Action for Greener Communities project.  Also, locally, Starbucks partners (Starbucks’ lingo for “employee”) have been challenged to donate their time helping our schools with community service projects, game days, and tutoring!  In addition to all the volunteering, the Lakewood Starbucks is hosting two Open Mic Nights for any poet under the age of 16 to share their original poetry. 

National Poetry SLAM ! Also in April, two of our students, Angel J. from Stevens Park and Dulce F. from Cesar Chavez, went to the National Poetry Slam in New York to read their poems and represent America SCORES Dallas!  What a great adventure for these kids! 

MAY.  May is going to be BUSY.  On May 13th, we will be hosting our annual SHOUT at the AT&T Wyly Theatre.  The children of all our Dallas schools will come together to share their poetry that they have worked on all year.  Then, the following day, May 14th, is our Jamboree at….get this…..Cowboys Stadium!!!  How cool is that?!  Our Dallas school soccer teams will take on our Fort Worth school soccer teams.  What a way to end the season. 

This is only the first half of this busy year.  Keep your eyes and ears open about what ASD will be up to for the second half!

-         Crystal Schober
Program Coordinator

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April Fools' Day: Some Serious Soccer


April’s first game day fell on April Fool’s Day, a day historically wrought with chicanery and practical jokes. However, once the first whistle was blown out on Maple Lawn Elementary's field, there was no fooling around.  Both teams were focused on the task at hand: playing some soccer.  And that is exactly what they did.


Monday, March 28, 2011

Maple Lawn v Steven's Park: A Volunteer's Perspective

The most recent game day for America SCORES was between Maple Lawn and Stevens Park elementary schools. As a new volunteer for America SCORES I was excited to see the fruits of everyone’s labor (the students, the coaches, and the people behind the scenes who keep this organization humming) culminate into a fun and beautiful afternoon of soccer.

We showed up early to paint the lines for the field and assemble the goals. Before we could even get the equipment ready a group of the America SCORES students had already gathered around the field eager to start practice and kick the ball around. You could tell the students were genuinely excited about the game, and almost annoyed with the fact that they weren’t already playing. We recruited them to help assemble the goals, which ended up being a great exercise in teamwork, because I don’t think any of us were exactly positive on how to put them together. Once the initial setup was complete the boys and the girls were separated to start drills and get warmed up. It was obvious to me at this point that the competitive spirit wasn’t a necessary element of game day; it was mostly about running around and having fun. The kids really just wanted to hang out with their friends.

As it got closer to game time the field started to fill up with friends, parents, siblings, and teachers. It was great to see that this was actually a community event. Everyone wanted to come out and support the players, and in a way, support the organization. The game was 40 minutes of organized chaos, but that’s okay because everyone was yelling and shouting and cheering them on, and you could tell it really made them feel good.

The game was an overall success (as I am sure every game is) because, while score is not taken into consideration, everyone wins. The kids were able to have fun, get exercise, practice teamwork and gain confidence through the support of their friends and family. The parents were able to see their kids have healthy interactions with others and work towards a common goal. And the teachers, coaches and volunteers were visibly able to see that they were helping to build and strengthen communities. It is a great representation of how America SCORES is able to fulfill its mission, and I am very glad to be a part of it.



Katie Jackson
America SCORES Dallas Volunteer

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

National Spotlight on Nutrition Education

Many things happen in March. Spring Break. March Madness. Spring Equinox. St. Patrick’s Day. It is also the month of the American Diabetes Association’s annual campaign, National Nutrition Month©.  For 2011, the theme is “Eat Right with Color” and focuses on how the nutritional value of food can be indicated by their naturally bright pigments.  Green broccoli, red bell pepper, purple egg plant, yellow banana, just to name a few!

Here at America SCORES Dallas, we celebrate healthy lifestyles everyday in the classroom and out on the soccer field.  We educate, lead by example, and make fun games around eating healthy and participating in physical activities.  Last week at Maple Lawn Elementary, the girls’ soccer team played “Red Light, Green Light,” a game based on identifying healthy foods (a green light to dribble forward) and unhealthy foods (a red light to stop dribbling). This type of health education is pivotal for the children we serve, who all live in low-income and minority neighborhoods. These children face a number of barriers to eating healthy, participating in physical activities, and gaining knowledge of healthy habits, yet they consistently have deficient education and support from the school district.
 
As the nation observes nutrition education awareness this month, America SCORES Dallas celebrates our students' progress toward healthier lives every day.

Check out the campaign's nutrition education games and quizzes!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

First Game Day of the Year: Cesar Chavez v Maple Lawn

Last Friday, the orange of Cesar Chavez and the purple of Maple Lawn united on the winter-browned field of Cesar Chavez Learning Center.  The goal nets billowed in the wind, the on-lookers shielded their eyes from the February sun, and the kids happily chased the flying soccer ball.  As the first game day of 2011, Friday saw an overwhelming turn out of parents, teachers, and other students on the side lines cheering on their teams.  Even the Cesar Chavez Thunderbirds cheerleaders were out jumping, flipping, and cheering.

The two games were a great start to a spring full of soccer games and fun.  Stay posted for more updates on the upcoming games and events!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Wells Fargo Advisors Visit Cesar Chavez Learning Center


Earlier this month, Wells Fargo Advisors presented America SCORES Dallas with a check for $8,500.  The boys and girls of Cesar Chavez Learning Center were able to help accept the check on behalf of America SCORES Dallas and learn about the bigger picture surrounding their daily afterschool program.  Wells Fargo Advisors help us empower our at-risk youth to be more engaged students, supportive teammates, and leaders of healthy lifestyles and community change.  Thank you Wells Fargo Advisors!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Poem of the Week

Recess 

Jesus O., Grade 5
Cesar Chavez Learning Center 

I was barely coming outside 
When everyone started running all around
 Then I realized
We were out in the playground

I ran to the ring of soccer
Then they gave us a ball
Everyone ran toward it
I almost started to fall

They passed me the ball
I started to run
Everyone said it
Was supposed to be fun

I ran and I ran
Then I shook every player
I was running
In just one layer

I couldn’t get enough
I was having so much fun
That was good stuff

Friday, February 18, 2011

Poem of the Week

Death

By Jesus, Grade 5
Cesar Chavez Learing Center

Everyone is going to die
Sometimes close, sometimes far
So we should worship our lives
And not waste it in a bar
Some people don’t want to understand
The cause of our life
Some do and they get married with a lovely wife
Some don’t understand
And they leave it up to fate
So what I am saying is
Enjoy life before it is too late.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Art Exhibit Benefits America SCORES Dallas

Atlas. Ashely Collins. 2010.
Last Thursday, Stay Za Za Art House and Social Gallery, Hotel Za Za’s newest addition, hosted Ashley Collins’ opening of “Twelve O’Clock” as its inaugural exhibit. The series was curated by Turner Carroll Gallery, an international contemporary art gallery located in Sante Fe, and turned the sparse space of Stay Za Za into an intimate encounter with Collins’ work.  Collins is a renowned artist who incorporates various media, such as resin, pages from old books, and oil, with ephemeral horse imagery on large wood panels.  She also has a strong sense of philanthropy and in each community she shows her work, she chooses a worthy cause to be the recipient of 10 percent of her proceeds.  For her show in Dallas, Collins chose America SCORES Dallas.  Thank you Ashley Collins!

“Twelve O’Clock” will be on display at Stay Za Za Art House and Social Gallery until March 26th. To see more of her work visit her website.


Stay Za Za Art House and Social Gallery
2400 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
(214)468-8399

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Meet Crystal!


Last Tuesday was Crystal’s first day as our new Program Coordinator at America SCORES Dallas.  We were lucky to have the chance to get to know her and introduce her to you through a good old-fashioned interview:

Hi Crystal, welcome to the office.  What is your background?
My background is actually in accounting.  I was a manager of taxes and accounting at a firm in Grapevine for 4 years.  I also have about 8 years of experience teaching and substitute teaching at a private school in Keller.  At the private school I also ran an after school program, which provided activities and homework help.  Last fall, I assisted Allison, the America SCORES program coordinator in Fort Worth, with Friday game days.  In addition to working here at America SCORES, I am in nursing school part-time and plan to graduate at the end of the summer. 

Very diverse!  Tell me about the most rewarding experience you’ve had doing program work.
During the afterschool program at the private school, I was able to see the children progress from point A to point B.  The moment a kid realizes that they can accomplish their goals is priceless.  They not only enjoyed these activities that we provided, but they learned a lot. 

What attracted you to America SCORES?
I was originally drawn to America SCORES simply because it is a non-profit organization that helps out under-resourced children.  I have two kids and know what it is like to be a single mother with the odds stacked against you.  After helping out with game days in Fort Worth last fall, I saw how much America SCORES impacted these kids’ lives and I wanted to get more involved. 

If you could have any super hero power, what would it be?
Instant Healing Touch.  I would love to be able to heal anyone, physically or emotionally, instantaneously!