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!