The following comes via Cory Chimka, Programs Director for DC Scores

On Saturday, October 27th, over 800 poet athletes representing 27 DC SCORES elementary schools descended on recently renovated, just opened Anacostia Park for the 15th annual DC SCORES Fall Frenzy! 

On the banks of the Anacostia River in Southeast Washington, DC, nine soccer fields were set up, in addition to booths representing physical fitness, creative expression, and a sense of community.

In addition to picking out a book to add to their personal library from First Book, students reviewed Ask, Listen, Learn materials contributed by Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.  They discussed the dangers of underage drinking with volunteers, enjoyed word searches on what one can lose by experimenting with alcohol, and how healthy choices they make every day can make them better soccer players and better students.  At another booth, throughout the day hundreds of parents filled out filled out surveys on what they like about DC SCORES and how we can better serve their children and communities.

As they cheered on their favorite DC SCORES soccer teams, they waited for a raffle sponsored by The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. Six thrilled families went home with a brand new Xavix video game port & step sensor accompanied by Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s Ask, Listen, Learn interactive video game cartridge.  We were glad we were able to get them these systems just in time for Hurricane Sandy – even though their children may have been housebound, they were able to learn about the dangers of underage drinking and the importance of a healthy lifestyle, through the Ask, Listen, Learn game.

Thanks again to DC SCORES for including us! Their work in DC is invaluable, and we’re happy to support it.