Amy Nakamoto, a native of Falls Church, Va., began her tenure at DC SCORES in 2006. From 2003-2006, Amy coached the women’s soccer team at Bryn Mawr College where she also assisted in the creation of a student-athlete leadership program, a community-outreach physical education course, and various other campus wellness initiatives. Since 2000, Amy has been involved with SportsChallenge Leadership Academy and Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), where she has conducted numerous workshops, clinics, camps and leadership facilitations.
She currently serves on the board of directors of DC Alliance of Youth Advocates as well as the WAMU 88.5 Community Council. In 2010, Amy was named a Sports Ethics Fellow as part of National Sportsmanship Day by PCA and the Institute for International Sport. She was also selected by the Harvard Business School Club of Washington, DC to receive a scholarship to Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management in summer 2010.
Amy graduated from North Carolina State University in 1998 where she was a four-year member of the women’s soccer team. In 1999, Amy spent a year at Northeastern University’s Center for the study of Sport in Society as an Athletes in Service to America AmeriCorps member before receiving a master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from UNC-Greensboro. In 2003, Amy received a second master’s degree in Human Development in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Since joining DC SCORES, Amy has overseen one of the District’s largest after-school programs. She has helped the organization grow and has become a leader and strong advocate in the District’s nonprofit youth-serving community.
“One of the most amazing gifts we can give a young person is the gift of a team with supportive coaches and a safe emotional and physical space,” Nakamoto says. “I believe that every child should grow up with experiences and activities that foster creativity, passion, a healthy lifestyle, and concrete skills that will carry them through to adulthood. A positive team is the glue that binds those experiences together and allows young people to develop confidence and character.”
“Our partnership with The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is incredibly important for general outreach to youth and I think that Ask, Listen, Learn and the overall message of FAAR is promoting is really about how to treat oneself and how to make smart decisions,” she says. We invite you to learn more about Amy Nakamoto and the work that she has done.