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

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.    

- 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
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!