October Hero of the Month:
Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club
America SCORES Milwaukee, the community outreach program of the Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club, strives to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.
By eliminating two of the major limitations that prevent more children from urban neighborhoods from participating in organized sports (limited resources and a lack of transportation), America SCORES Milwaukee offers sport-based youth development programs year-round to children across the city. Offered at no cost, on school grounds, and with transportation to weekly soccer games provided, more than 2,000 youth participate in SCORES programming.
Based around soccer, SCORES creates teams that work together on the field, in the classroom, and in our community. Unlike the traditional sport league model though, SCORES focuses on holistic youth development by engaging youth in academic and volunteer activities. During the fall months, participants participate in poetry workshops which is a fun way for youth to express their interests and feelings, builds confidence in writing and increases academic engagement. At the end of the fall season, each “poet-athlete” will take to the stage to perform their very own poem in front of an audience of peers, family, community members, and celebrity judges.
During the spring season, SCORES participants give back to our community by designing their own service project which supports a community need or area non-profits. Past projects have created community gardens, installed “little free libraries”, and supported organizations like the Humane Society, Red Cross, and Hometown Heroes, among many others.
When they’re not working hard in the classroom or giving back to our community, SCORES participants practice their soccer skills and compete against other SCORES teams a community-wide game days. With more than 35 teams each year, SCORES is uniting youth from all areas of the city.
Supported by community volunteers (check out opportunities) [www.americascoresmke.org/volunteer] and their annual SCORES CUP corporate soccer tournament (see ways to play or sponsor) [www.americascoresmke.org/scores-cup], SCORES participants are developing self-confidence, a life-long appreciation of sports, and dedication to healthy behaviors.